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Suds of the South 5 Beer Festival – Tomorrow

Breweries from all over the south will present their finest beverages to Tuscaloosa’s growing craft beer scene this Saturday!

‘Suds of the South V’ will be held Saturday at Wilhagan’s downtown. Tickets are available now for $30, which grants you access to samples from all the breweries from 4p to 7p. For $50, VIP tickets include access an hour early (at 3p) and a complimentary t-shirt.

Bob Baker who handles marketing for Tuscaloosa based Druid City Brewing Company and one of the organizers of the event says, “This year there will be a total of 23 breweries, coming from all over the southeast. We’ll also be highlighting this year’s “sympathizers”, which will be Southern Tier and New Belgium. Participants can also look forward to trying limited edition batches from several different breweries the day of the event.”

When asked what they’re trying to accomplish each year with SOTS Bob explains, “We try to introduce more beer novices to the burgeoning world of craft beer. Suds of the South participants can always expect a generous selection of choice brews from around the southeast, as well across the country!”

I then asked him how the craft beer landscape changed in Alabama in recent years? “We’ve reached Suds of the South V, and the event organizers have noticed quite a change in how people in Tuscaloosa choose their drinks,” he continued, “People are beginning to appreciate  what their beer tastes like, where it’s from, and who manufactured it. A series of informed decisions (and a few pints!) have really encouraged Tuscaloosans to step out and try something new.”

Below is a comprehensive list of featured breweries, by state, and the beers they’ll be showcasing on Saturday.


ALABAMA
Druid City Brewing Company – Tuscaloosa
Featured beers: DCBC Wheat, DCBC Saison, Double Downtown North Porter, Solitary Refinement and Northporter Cask with Peppers and Chocolate.

Good People Brewing Company – Birmingham
Featured beers: IPA, Snake Handler Double IPA, Coffee Oatmeal Stout and Hitchhiker IPA

Avondale Brewing Company – Birmingham
Featured beers: Pachyderm Porter, Spring Street Saison and Vanillaphant Porter

Cahaba Brewing Company – Birmingham
Featured beers: Liquidambar, American Blonde and Oka Uba IPA

Trim Tab Brewing Company – Birmingham
Featured beers: Rye Brown, Trim Tab IPA, Trim Tab Olde Ale and Cucumber Saison

Rocket Republic Brewing Company – Huntsville
Featured beers: Astronut Brown, Mach I IPA, Terrestri-Ale Tripel and Vapor Trail Cream

Blue Pants Brewery
– Huntsville
Featured beers: Kickerbocker Red, Amber Waders of Grain, Spare Pair IPA, Pinstripe  Stout and Rose Strawberry Saison

Old Black Bear Brewing Company – Huntsville
Featured beers: Cave City Lager and Speckled Trout Wheat

The Brew Stooges – Huntsville
Featured beers: XX Double Wrong Rye, Knuckle Head Porter, Gnarly Gourd and Vanilla Knuckle Head Porter

Straight To Ale – Huntsville
Featured beers: Monkeynaut IPA, Lilly Flag Milk Stout, Rocket City Red and Montesano Maibock

Yellowhammer Brewing – Huntsville
Featured beers: Miracle Worker Tripel, Belgian White Ale, Yellowhammer 1819, Yellowhammer Dark Hammer

Back Forty Beer Co. - Gadsden
Featured beers: Truck Stop Honey, Naked Pig Pale Ale, Fence Post Session Ale and Frecklebelly IPA

Fairhope Brewing Company – Fairhope
Featured beers: Fairhope 51 Pale Ale, Paint it Black IPA, Take the Causeway IPA and I Drink Therefore I Amber


NORTH CAROLINA
French Broad Brewing Company - Ashville
Featured beers: Barleywine and 13 Rebels ESB


GEORGIA
Terrapin Beer Company - Athens
Featured beers: Hopsecutioner, Mosiac Red Rye IPA, Pineapple Express and Wake N’ Bake Coffee Oatmeal Stout

Sweetwater Brewing Company – Atlanta
Featured beers: Sweetwater 420, IPA, Blue and 17th Anniversary Saison


LOUISIANA
Abita Brewing Company – Abita Springs
Featured beers: Amber, Strawberry, Abita Spring IPA and HopGator


TEXAS
Southern Star Brewing Company – Conroe
Featured beers: Bombshell Blonde and Buried Hatchet


NEW YORK
Southern Tier Brewing Company – Lakewood
Featured beers: Crème Brulee, Pumpking – Aged, 2XOne and Unearthly IPA


COLORADO
New Belgium Brewing – Fort Collins
Featured beers: Fat Tire, Ranger IPA, Spring Blonde and Snapshot Wheat

For additional information about the event, please contact Bob Baker via phone at (205) 270-8753 or e-mail at bob@druidcitybrewing.com

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