Top 100 in Alabama
I thought it would be interesting to post which beers in the BeerAdvocate.com Top 100 were currently available in Alabama. Well, actually these are available at The J. Clyde which is TECHNICALLY in Alabama, but many folks say it isn’t REALLY IN Alabama, but I digress. 🙂
There are beers in this list that belong to styles, which Alabamians had never seen – quadrupels, tripels, doppelbocks, barleywines, Belgian strong dark ales, Russian imperial stouts, double IPAs. It’s just amazing if you ask me…and what’s even more amazing is that they are STILL COMING! Each month, more beers are entering the Alabama market.
Even more amazing to Free the Hop’s opponents, hell has not frozen over and blood is not flowing in the streets as they claimed would happen if the allowable ABV in beer were raised.
Before Free the Hops changed Alabama law, there were only three of the top 100 available for purchase and one of those – Rogue Shakespeare Stout is currently out of the list. The list is always in a state of flux as new folks review and new beers hit the markets. Anyway, it’s still kind of interesting.
There are a few like Bell’s Hopslam (coming in January) which aren’t technically here, but when they are brewed again, they will be coming! Trust me.
Also, please keep in mind that many of the beers that we cannot get are not available outside of their home state, some are one-time brews, and then there are the Westvleteren entries which cannot be resold after being purchased directly at the monastary.
So, we Alabamians are doing quite well and if I count correctly we now have access to 15 beers from the top 100. I’d stack that list up against any other state in the nation and be proud to say I live in Birmingham, Alabama!
Football Capital of the South – Home of the Civil Rights Institute – BIRMINGHAM – my wonderful home! With all its faults and all its problems, there’s still no place like it. So, here’s the list. Cheers!