Alabama Rivers Alliance River Defender beer available in Bham + other new brews

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River Defender logo from the Alabama Rivers Alliance

We dare to defend our rivers!

For years, this has been the motto of the Birmingham-based Alabama Rivers Alliance (ARA). In fact, you can probably visit their office downtown across from the Cathedral Church of the Advent and purchase a koozie, bumper sticker or t-shirt.

Well, now you can buy a new session IPA called  “River Defender” beer thanks to Red Clay Brewery out of Opelika.

Cindy Lowry, Executive Director at ARA recently announced:

“We are so excited about this partnership with Red Clay Brewing Company and are thrilled to see this beer rolling out across the state. We all know you need clean water for good beer, and the folks at Red Clay Brewing Company truly understand that connection. This low alcohol session IPA is perfect for those days spent in the rivers and streams across Alabama.”

Presently, the beer can be found ON TAP in Birmingham at the Piggly Wiggly on Clairmont,Carrigans Beer Garden, Hop City, The Lumbar and Saw’s Juke Joint. 

Additional locations will be added.

About the Beer

Taps at Piggly Wiggly Clairmont Avenue store. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

For all you beer aficionados – here are the details:

Style: Session IPA | ABV: 4%

Ingredients: Carafoam, 2 Row, Munich malts. Magnum, Cascade, Citra, Mosaic hops.

Flavor: The low alcohol content of this IPA makes it easy drinking if all you need is a short session of enjoying beer. Herbal and resinous aromas tickle your nose while, upon drinking, strong floral notes present first with a lasting spice taste at the end.

 A portion of the proceeds from the sale of River Defender beer does go to ARA. Now, that’s a great excuse to buy one tonight!

Good People & Cahaba Brewing

Seeking some additional new releases?

Here are some we captured on social media this week:

Good People Brewing – Citra

Cahaba Brewing – Foggy Mt. Breakdown Hazy IPA

Got More?

Drop Bham Now a line at hello@bhamnow.com and give us the inside scoop on the roll out of new beers around today.


  • 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.