Sneak peek at Uproot Brewing, a NEW brewery opening mid-February [PHOTOS]

Uproot Brewing
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Uproot Brewing is opening its first brick-and-mortar location in the former Ghost Train location along 3rd Avenue South! Owned by Nate Darnell—former head brewer for Ferus Artisan Ales—Uproot Brewing is The Magic City’s newest brewery and is planning to open in mid-February. Keep reading for all the details!

About Uproot Brewing

Uproot Brewing
Nate Darnell, owner of Uproot Brewing. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Uproot Brewing is the latest brewery to join Birmingham’s legendary craft beer scene. The brewery is the brainchild of Nate Darnell, a brewer who most recently worked as the Head Brewer for Ferus Artisan Ales.

“Home brewing has always been a passion of mine, and when I moved to Birmingham I was fortunate enough to work for Good People Brewing and Avondale Brewing. When Coby Lake started working on Ferus, I got to help build out the brewery and run that program for a while.”

Nate Darnell, Owner, Uproot Brewing

While at Ferus Artisan Ales, Nate began looking in to opening his own brewery. Utilizing the brewery’s extra tanks with permission from Ferus, Nate was able to get the first samples of Uproot Brewing beer into the hands of friends, family and fans.

“As I’ve moved from brewery to brewery, I’ve been able to perfect the recipes for my own beers. My brewing style has evolved based on my experiences and what people are drinking now. For instance, I wouldn’t have brewed a hazy IPA six years ago, but now people have started to catch on.”

Nate Darnell, Owner, Uproot Brewing
Uproot Brewing
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In mid-2022, Ghost Train Brewing Co. announced plans to vacate their longtime location on 3rd Avenue South to focus solely on their new space at M2 on 1st Avenue South. Nate knew this was the perfect time to open a brick & mortar location for Uproot Brewing.

“Ghost Train left me with a really, really good footing. There are some parts that I’ve reorganized, but overall the fact that Ghost Train left me with a fully built-out brewery is amazing—that’s the hardest part!”

Nate Darnell, Owner, Uproot Brewing

Since Uproot Brewing moved into the space less than half a year ago, Nate has been busy building out the brewery in anticipation of their grand opening.

What to expect at Uproot Brewing

Uproot Brewing
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If you remember the original Ghost Train, the first thing you’ll notice about Uproot Brewing is that there is a lot more indoor seating. Nate has replaced Ghost Train’s large indoor beer canning line with dozens of high-top, live-edge wooden tables. In addition, he’s moving the taps to the rear wall to make room for seating at the bar.

“Since we’re opening in mid-February, I wanted Uproot Brewing to have ample indoor seating so guests can stay warm. Come springtime, we’ll focus on re-building the outdoor patio area.”

Nate Darnell, Owner, Uproot Brewing

Another change you’ll notice to the space is much more greenery and wooden accents, such as the live-edge tables. The earthy tones fit in with the overall brand that Nate wants to associate with Uproot Brewing.

Uproot Brewing
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“I chose the Uproot name for two main reasons. First, my parents were both Navy kids and were ‘uprooted’ 15-20 times growing up, so I thought that was fitting. Second, we eventually want to add a food component to the space that complements our brand. It’ll likely be a food truck with lots of herbs and veggies that we’ll be able to source locally.”

Nate Darnell, Owner, Uproot Brewing

When it comes to beer, Nate is planning to offer six new brews at opening and add two or three more once things settle down.

“We’ve put out Uproot IPA before during those test batches through Ferus and received great feedback. We’re going to offer a pub stout—basically an Americanized version of Guinness on Nitro that’s easy to drink year round. I’ve seen that people really enjoy lagers across the board, so I’m excited to offer Uproot’s Lager—especially when you’re looking for something light, clean and crisp on a 90-degree Alabama day.”

Nate Darnell, Owner, Uproot Brewing

If you’re not a beer fan, don’t fret—Nate plans on adding wine, spirits and non-alcoholic options to the menu soon.

Opening in Mid-February

Uproot Brewing
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Nate and his team are making the final touches to ensure that Uproot Brewing is ready to hit the ground running. If all goes according to plan, Nate hopes to host a grand opening for Uproot Brewing on Saturday, February 11.

“I hope everyone that visits finds Uproot Brewing to be a really inviting place to sit back, relax and enjoy great beer. We’d love to have you come and hang out with us at Uproot Brewing!”

Nate Darnell, Owner, Uproot Brewing

Location: 2616 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233

Stay up to date on Uproot Brewing’s grand opening by following them on Facebook and Instagram. Plus, visit their website to order Uproot Brewing merch!

Nathan Watson
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