Alabama craft beer fans are in for a real treat now that packaged offerings from Fullsteam Brewery (Durham, North Carolina) have started hitting local shelves this week.
Fullsteam Brewery is a North Carolina based operation with a mission “to pioneer the art of distinctly Southern beer.” The brewers at Fullsteam focus on crafting both traditional and experimental offerings with a clear Southern inspiration through the use of local, seasonal ingredients. They call this approach “plow-to-pint,” and they use it as a means of connecting with and promoting culinary and agricultural businesses in their area. Overall, the goal is to get people to fall in love with unmistakable Southern flavors through the medium of really good craft beer.
Fullsteam officially announced last week that they were shipping some brews to the great state of Alabama, and it did not take long for them to find their way to Birmingham shelves. The brewery has hit our market with two offerings to start, Cack-a-lacky™ Pale Ale in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and Summer Basil Farmhouse Ale in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans. Their descriptions are as follows:
- Cack-a-lacky™ – A zippy, hoppy ginger pale ale that’s enjoyable on its own and a perfect complement to spicy food. Half of the ginger in the beer comes from Maple Spring Gardens in Cedar Grove, North Carolina…at least until we run out of our local ginger supply. Brewed in partnership with Page Skelton, president of Cackalacky in Chapel Hill, N.C.
- Summer Basil Farmhouse Ale – Brewed with North Carolina wheat and locally-farmed basil, our most popular summer beer is an ever-changing feast for the senses. Summer Basil evolves over its five-month season, as local basil matures and fermentation temperatures rise. The saison yeast loves our hot summers, responding with a full-on punch of peppery, vibrant flavors. It’s okay that this plow-to-pint beer doesn’t always taste the same. It’s a beautiful thing.
Both of these beers sound like a satisfyingly quenching and fresh addition to an Alabama summer, so make sure to pick up a pack of each on your next beer run. I was able to find both of these offerings earlier today at Hop City Birmingham (2924 3rd Ave S, Birmingham), but I have also confirmed their availability at Piggly Wiggly River Run (3800 River Run Dr, Mountain Brook) and Piggly Wiggly Homewood (3000 Independence Drive, Homewood). Country Grocery (3118 Highway 52 W, Pelham) will also have it on shelves by Thursday, August 13. That list puts their beers all over the city, so just visit your favorite location and give Fullsteam Brewery a proper welcome to the Alabama craft beer scene by giving their beers a taste this week. Prost!