What to expect from Dread River Distilling Co. coming to 2400 7th Avenue South

New brews to come in Birmingham. Photo via mandatory.com

A new distillery is in the works for Birmingham. Get ready for Dread River Distilling Co.

What’s It All About?

Dread River Distilling Co. will draw on the centuries old craft of creating, curating and distilling quality spirits. It will also provide a stellar environment for those in Birmingham to enjoy.

Birmingham, Dread River Distilling Co.
Location for Dread River Distilling Co. Screenshot via Google Maps
Behind The Project

Who’s behind Dread River’s venture into Birmingham’s distillery scene? John Cubelic, former football player at Auburn University, and Dr. Jeffrey Dugas of Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center.

The project will be led by Rive’s Construction Co., one of Birmingham’s largest general contractors.

Birmingham, Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Dread River Distilling Co., Dr. Jeffrey Dugas
Dr. Jeffrey Dugas. Photo via Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center
Why Birmingham?

With a thriving brewery/bar scene and world-renowned chefs and restaurants, the question should be, why not Birmingham?

“Birmingham is experiencing a renaissance, and we wanted to be a part of it,” Cubelic said. “We are excited for the opportunity to bring something truly unique to Birmingham and play our part in the city’s growth and redevelopment.”

Dread River Distilling Co. will be located in south side at 2400 Seventh Ave S., which is where a number of projects are currently taking place near the Red Mountain Expressway and in nearby Lakeview.


Are you wondering what Dread River will manufacture? Of course you are!

As of now, the only thing made public is that the distillery will feature a bar with a full line of spirits. But, based on other distilleries in Birmingham, there’s a mighty good chance the drink list will be worth your while. But for now, we will just have to wait and see.

Raise That Dough

According to an SEC filing, Dread River has currently raised at least $1.8 million for the project. (The total cost of the project has not yet been calculated.)

The company’s plan is to add 42 employees (a company payroll estimated to be $1.77 million) over its first three years.

More Distilleries

Currently, there are two distilleries up and running in Birmingham–Redmont Distillery and Avondale Common House and Distillery. But more are in the works.

Birmingham, Avondale Common House and Distillery
Photo via Avondale Common House and Distillery’s Facebook page.

Along with Dread River, Ferus Artisan Ales also has plans to open in Trussville as part of the town’s revitalization project, which is already underway.

Do you think Dread River Distilling Co. will thrive in Birmingham? Let us know what you think!

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