Birmingham beer scene called hidden gem by social media giant Thrillist

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Good People Brewing’s iconic pickup truck design in their taproom across from Region’s Field. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

We are NOT surprised!

Birmingham’s beer scene received some well deserved accolades this week when national social media giant Thrillist described our beloved breweries as a hidden gem.

According to the Thrillist, they “tapped” (love the pun) some of their favorite and most trusted beer writers to identify the best under-the-radar beer destinations around the US this year.

Along with Birmingham, they discovered Raleigh, North Carolina, The Hudson Valley, New York, Missoula, Montana and Columbus, Ohio.

Check out the entire list:

13 U.S. Destinations That Are Secretly Hiding Incredible Beer Scenes

What did they say about us? Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Trim Tab — consistently heralded as the best brewery in the state — is flexing serious muscle with numerous beer styles, including IPAs, stouts, and fruited imperial sours.

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Trim Tab’s Brewery on Birmingham’s Southside – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Good People are just that: pioneers of the scene since 2010 who provide a personable staff; a beautiful taproom across the street from the baseball team the Birmingham Barons; and the nationally renowned El Gordo Russian imperial stout, which causes a frenzy on its annual release date.

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Beer and football are waiting for you on Super Bowl Sunday. Photo via Avondale Brewing Company on Facebook

The beloved Back Forty, quickly burgeoning Ghost Train, and brewing staple Avondale are no slouches either. To try what else Alabama has to offer Hop City Craft Beer & Wine is one-stop shopping, a bottle shop equipped with 60 taps for onsite sipping. Take notes. This scene has nowhere to go but up.”

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Photo via Cahaba Brewing Co. on Instagram

And, as we all know, there are more and more breweries missing on Thrillist list – including  my favorities Cahaba Brewing, Birmingham District Brewing and True Story Brewing and a number of breweries that have set up shop outside the Birmingham city limits, including Ferus Artisan Ales in Trussville.

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Photo via Ferus Artisan Ales on Instagram

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What is Thrillist?

Thillist is a national digital social media juggernaut that according to the publication has a national platform of over 20 million unique visits a month. The site also maintains 2 million email subscribers and is the number one travel publisher on social media.

Stay Tuned

Birmingham’s beer scene continues to grow.  Just this past month, Ghost Train announced an expansion and Monday Night Brewing will be setting up shop near Railroad Park in April.

Move over Asheville and Portland, Oregon – we are gunning for you!


  • Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.