Cigar City Meet & Greet and Wiregrass Post-Prohibition Ale Release Thursday, October 24
On Thursday, October 24th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Brewmaster Wayne Wambles of Cigar City Brewing will join us at the pub for a meet & greet to celebrate the release of Wiregrass Post-Prohibition Ale!
Wiregrass Post-Prohibition Ale is actually a collaboration beer between Wambles of Cigar City, Jeremy Pate of Folklore Brewery and Meadery in Dothan, Ron and Sharon Montefusco, and the MOOLA Brewclub to commemorate the legalization of homebrewing in Alabama earlier this year. These four individuals met and organized the homebrew club MOOLA (the Malty Orgasimics of Lower Alabama) in the early 90’s, and all four followed their passion for homebrew despite the fact that it was illegal in the state at that time (the lengthy history documented on the beer’s label is available below). Now that homebrew is finally a legal reality in Alabama, these old friends got together for one more brew day to make Wiregrass Post-Prohibition Ale as a means to celebrate with all Alabama homebrewers.
Wiregrass Post-Prohibition Ale is described as “a straw-colored ale with a mélange of citrus notes that take your palate on a journey through orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit flavor and bitterness with subtle hints of lightly toasted bread and a delicate whisper of corn”. This brew is a limited release that has been kegged and canned by Cigar City Brewing, and it will only be available in Alabama and in the Cigar City taproom.
We are incredibly excited to be a part of this special release, and we hope that you all join us on Thursday to meet Wayne and raise a glass with everyone in attendance to homebrew legalization!
The full history that led to the brewing of Wiregrass Post-Prohibition Ale:
In the early 1990’s, four Alabama residents were brought together by their fascination for and love of beer. Ron and Sharon Montefusco were seeking out flavorful imports and American craft brands while homebrewing just outside the small town of Dothan, Alabama. While dining at a local Greek restaurant one evening, they were served by a young waiter named Wayne Wambles. They asked him for beer recommendations and he quickly offered a hoppy, American craft beer. Upon further conversation, the three realized that they were all very much intrigued by beer and both shared the hobby of homebrewing, a practice that was considered illegal in the state of Alabama. The three agreed to meet at Ron and Sharon’s house in the near future and brewed an all grain batch of homebrew together, discussing the possibility and anticipation of starting an under-the-radar homebrew club. Sunset Suds, a homebrew supply shop in Florida, was kind enough to share their client list and the three reached out to a fourth individual in the Dothan area that was also homebrewing, Jeremy Pate. Wayne soon began brewing commercially at a local brewpub in Dothan. Jeremy walked into the brewhouse one day and began asking technical questions about the commercial process, quickly becoming friends with Wayne. Two weeks later, Jeremy drove Wayne and all of his beer to a festival in Panama City Beach, Florida, to serve his beer commercially for the first time. Soon following, the four member club, which became known as MOOLA (the Malty Orgasmics of Lower Alabama), began to have meetings and discuss ways to grow the club without creating any legal issues. The club slowly grew through the years with Ron and Sharon continuing to be very involved in the American Homebrewers Association and judging beer at regional and national competitions with Ron achieving national status as a BJCP judge. Jeremy began to get his feet wet brewing commercially and brewed at several breweries in Georgia and Alabama then went on to consult for breweries all over the country, finally deciding to open Folklore Brewery and Meadery in 2011. Wayne continued to brew commercially and brewed for breweries in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina, eventually settling in as the head brewer for Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Florida. “The love of beer and the craft brought all of us together and by Alabama state law made us criminals at the same time. We persevered regardless of the risk for the sake of knowledge and the enjoyment of the exploration of beer. This beer is in commemoration of the recent and long overdue legalization of homebrewing in the state of Alabama. Cheers!” – Ron and Sharon Montefusco, Jeremy Pate, and Wayne Wambles