Interstellar Ginger Beer and Exploration in Alabaster to close January 28

Alabaster
(Interstellar Ginger Beer and Exploration/Facebook page)

In an Instagram post and on their website, Interstellar Ginger Beer and Exploration in Alabaster announced it is closing on January 28th.

Founded by Shane Kelly and Daniel Sims, Interstellar is one of the first breweries to open in Shelby County. When it opened in 2017, it was promoted as the only brewery in the country to use ginger instead of hops or barley, with some brews that were designed to glow in the dark under ultraviolet light.

Below is the announcement made by co-owner and brewer Shane Kelley, who has a doctorate in molecular biology from UAB:

“Today I am announcing that Interstellar will be closing on January 28th. We had a great run and made some great friends. This business is a challenging one and, since the birth of my baby girl, I have been thinking about moving on to have more time with her. 6 years is a long time to run a small business, and I have recently begun to realize that Interstellar has taken so much of my time and energy but given little back financially. It’s time for me to walk away, sell assets and look for the next opportunity. We will cherish the friends we made on the way and the customers we served. We will see you down the road. 

We will be open till the 28th, Thursday, Friday, Saturdays this month.”

Alabaster
(Interstellar Ginger Beer and Exploration/Facebook page)

Interstellar is located at 260 Regency Park in Alabaster, off the Shelby County Airport exit on Interstate 65. According to their posts Interstellar will be open on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays this month till Saturday, January 28th.

The ginger beer company is the 2nd brewery in the Greater Birmingham Area to close in the past 12 months, joining Slag Heap in Trussville, which was shuttered in 2022.

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Pat Byington
Pat Byington

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.

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