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Beer lovers rejoice. The Oak Mountain Brewing Company is open.
The much anticipated brewery showed off its new and spacious taproom for the first time on Friday, January 22nd, with plans to serve its own portfolio of beers and wines this spring.
Bham Now was so excited about this new opening, I was dispatched to check out the new taproom myself the following Saturday afternoon. Here is what I can report.
First, some important details.
Presently, OMBC is serving local and regional craft beers and a wide variety of wines in the taproom. For the craft beer connoisseurs among us, we are still a couple of months away from Oak Mountain’s first batch of brews. In the meantime, to fill in the gap, Oak Mountain’s Head Brewer Clay Baldwin and OMBC owner Peter Genereux have chosen some of the region’s best brews and wines to partake in their new space.
Located just a stone throw away from the Pelham Civic Center and Oak Mountain Amphitheater, the new OMBC’s address is – 110 Cahaba Valley Road, Pelham, Alabama 35124.
A Dream Come True
It was a beautiful day to visit the brewery with temps in the mid-50s. I was greeted by both Baldwin and Gerereux during my visit.
In an interview with Genereux, he told me that opening the brewery is a dream come true. That dream was delayed in 2020, when the global pandemic delayed everyone’s plans back in March. Despite this enormous obstacle, Genereux, his family and staff persevered.
“It is a dream of mine (opening a brewery). I didn’t give up. My wife is working inside. We painted the building ourselves. We are following our dreams. It is risky. We put it on the line. But when you believe in yourselves and what you have, your dream can come true. I’m excited we are open. We can’t wait to sell our own beer.”Peter Genereux, Owner of Oak Mountain Brewing Company
What to Expect in the Taproom
In total, the new taproom has a “post-covid” capacity of about 250 people according to Genereux. The place holds 70 people upstairs, 130 downstairs and 50 outside. The entire taproom can be used for a wide variety of events and meetings, including rehearsal dinners, birthday parties and company events. The TVs are equipped for presentations (especially upstairs), so local businesses use the space for teambuilding and work.
The taproom is the ideal place to visit before AND after a Birmingham Bulls game or a concert at the amphitheater. The new gathering place is also perfect after a daylong hike at Oak Mountain State Park.
OMBC is surrounded by restaurants in the area, so you can bring in food. They will also be scheduling food trucks to park nearby.
Of course, let’s not forget the beer. OMBC is expecting to release their first batch of beers this spring. Led by Clay Baldwin, who was a head brewer at Ghost Train, the brewery will have four core beers that can not only be served at the brewery but also local restaurants and bars.
“We are looking at a pilsner, a blonde a fruited kettle sour and an IPA (as the core beers). In our taproom, we expect to have 8 additional beers. We will rotate them out.”Peter Genereux
There will be beers for the novice and hard core craft beer connoisseur. Something else new, OMBC will also produce some varieties of wine.
Times – Daily Opening and Closing
As you see from the photos from Saturday, the new taproom looks fantastic. Expect Oak Mountain Brewing Company to be hopping. In fact, the Friday night food truck sold out its inventory during a soft opening.
Here are the opening and closing times (subject to change)
Monday -Wednesday 4:00PM to 10:00PM
Thursday 4:00PM to 11PM
Friday – 2:00PM -Midnight
Saturday – Noon – Midnight
Sunday – Noon to 9:00PM
The perfect place for Shelby County’s newest taproom. Try it out – and make sure to stay tuned to Bham Now when we announce the release of Oak Mountain Brewing Company’s own lineup of brews this spring.