Good People Brewing Company Acquires Avondale Brewing Company

GoodPeopleGood People Brewing Company (Birmingham, Alabama) has officially announced that it has purchased Avondale Brewing Company (Birmingham, Alabama) and its assets from Avondale Holdings, a subsidiary of Orchestra Partners.

Although the financial terms have not been disclosed, the deal is done and the folks behind Good People Brewing Company will now be the new managers of Avondale Brewing CompanyGood People Brewing, Alabama’s oldest and largest brewery, assures that it “will continue to build upon the already established success of the Avondale brand.”  This basically means that Avondale Brewing’s name, location and staff will remain the same.  If events or musical performances were previously scheduled by Avondale Brewing, they will still take place.

Good People Brewing Company’s overall intention with this transaction is “to combine the strengths of both organizations. By combining forces and becoming more collaborative, the local beer community will see more quality offerings and innovative brews.”

“We’ve always really admired Avondale Brewing Company and what it has done for Birmingham and the culture of this city,” said Michael Sellers, co-owner and founder of Good People Brewing Company. “We look forward to continuing to brew great beer in the city of Birmingham and bring that beer across the Southeast. We wish the Lake brothers the best of luck on their new ventures.”

Founded in 2011 by Coby and Hunter Lake, Avondale Brewing Company is known for a sizable portfolio of Year-Round and Seasonal craft brews, experimental offerings that are served in The Sour Room, and an outdoor music/event venue that has “hosted such acts ranging from The Wailers to Gov’t Mule to Yelawolf.”  Avondale Brewing “produces 6,000 barrels per year.”

If you would like more up-to-date information on both of these breweries as this situation develops, the new management team suggests that you “‘like’ Good People Brewing and Avondale Brewing on Facebook or follow on Twitter or Instagram at @GPBrewing and @AvondaleBrewing.”  Prost!


Avondale Brewing Company Puts Miss Fancy’s Tripel in Cans

ABCMFTartAvondale Brewing Company (Birmingham, Alabama) has once again expanded their portfolio of canned offerings with the release of Miss Fancy’s Tripel in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans.

The Birmingham craft beer community has asked and Avondale Brewing Company has heard its pleas . . . Miss Fancy’s Triple is now officially available in 12 oz. cans.  Since this elephant-sized brew clocks in a hefty 9.2% ABV and is now Avondale’s biggest beer to be offered in cans, the brewery has decided to promote a sense of moderation by offering Miss Fancy’s in 4-packs.  Miss Fancy’s Tripel now joins Battlefield IPA, Mill City White, Spring Street Saison, and Vanillaphant Porter to comprise Avondale’s full line of canned beers.

If you happen to be unfamiliar with this Year-Round offering and the backstory on Miss Fancy herself, here is the beer’s full description from the brewery:

It all began when a circus owner’s misfortune at a game of cards bestowed the city of Avondale with a great gift. His prize attraction, Miss Fancy the Elephant, would inadvertently become the city’s greatest spokesperson. Known as the Queen of Avondale, Miss Fancy performed a wonder of tricks at her home in Avondale Zoo.

During prohibition, City Hall kept a special Miss Fancy reserve on hand at all time in order to treat her stomach ailment. When her stomach started acting up, Mr. Todd would call the prohibition officers down to the zoo for a little hooch action.

The use of malts, traditional hops, a proprietary yeast blend and Belgian candi sugar creates a very special beer named after a very special elephant. Miss Fancy’s Tripel is remarkably smooth and refreshing for such a high ABV beer. CAUTION! Miss Fancy’s Tripel is brewed for humans but strong enough for elephants.

Miss Fancy’s Tripel is hitting shelves now in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans.  You can expect to find this fan-favorite, Year-Round brew at craft beer retailers located throughout Avondale Brewing Company’s distribution area in Alabama.  Prost!

Vital Information for Miss Fancy’s Tripel from Avondale Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round, cans launch at the start of July 2017
Style – Belgian-style Tripel
ABV – 9.2%
IBUs – 20
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Hashtag Action – #fancycans

Avondale Brewing Goes Gluten-Free with Release of Train Hopper Pale Ale

unnamed-2Avondale Brewing Co. (Birmingham, Alabama) recently announced that they are now offering Train Hopper Pale Ale year-round as their first gluten-free beer.

In an effort to accommodate those amongst us that suffer from a gluten allergy or sensitivity, Avondale Brewing Co. has officially expanded their Year-Round lineup to include a hop-laden, gluten free-option.  Train Hopper is an “assertively hopped” American Pale Ale that employs the use of new hop varietals to provide “big notes of citrus, tropical fruit, and pine.”  At 5.5% ABV and 50 IBUs, Train Hopper is sure to quench the thirst and satisfy the hop craving of any craft beer fan – gluten intolerant or not.

Like all Avondale brews, Train Hopper’s name tells a story.  Here is the inspiration behind this offering:

“Before she called Avondale home, our darling Miss Fancy the elephant was a circus marvel traveling by train from city to city. When the movement of the train failed to rock her to sleep, she often indulged in ales to calm her nerves and pass the time.”

Train Hopper Pale Ale is available as a draft-only offering as of March 1.  This new Year-Round release can be found at craft beer bars, restaurants and growler stations in Avondale Brewing’s distribution area in Alabama.  Get your hop fix without the gluten by checking out Train Hopper Pale Ale the next time you place your order at the bar.  Prost!

Vital Information for Train Hopper Pale Ale from Avondale Brewing Co.

Release – Year-Round, launching March 1, 2017
Style – American Pale Ale
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 50
Availability – Draft only
Beer Finder (a.k.a. Fancy’s Finder) –


Avondale Brewing Prepares for Winter Release of No Joka Mocha Stout

avondalenjmslogoAvondale Brewing Co. (Birmingham, Alabama) recently announced that No Joka Mocha Stout will officially make its annual return to shelves and taps on Monday, November 21.

As the days move forward into the final months of the year, colder temperatures will soon become the norm in Alabama.  Although some may cringe at this idea, lovers of rich, warming Stouts will most assuredly rejoice knowing that this means Avondale Brewing can once again treat them to the brewery’s Winter Seasonal No Joka Mocha Stout. This Oatmeal Stout is laced with decadent chocolate notes and then weighted heavily “towards the coffee end of the taste spectrum.”  For the back story on No Joka Mocha Stout, here is the full brewery description:

Before Miss Fancy came to Avondale, she belonged to a travelling circus that toured the country. One of Miss Fancy’s favorite companions at the circus was a joker and magician. He was a mischievous fellow, doing card tricks, juggling acts and other feats of amazement. You should see what he can do with some coffee beans and hops! This brew has a blackish pour with a creamy tan head. Solid coffee aroma greets the nose with deep rich malts in the background.

No Joka Mocha Stout is slated for an official release on Monday, November 21 and will be hanging around through the winter months.  Upon release, this offering will be available on draft at Avondale Brewing’s taproom and in 22 oz. bombers and on draft at fine craft beer establishments found throughout the brewery’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information on No Joka Mocha Stout from Avondale Brewing Co.

Release – Winter Seasonal, available beginning November 21, 2016
Style – Oatmeal Stout
ABV – 7.2%
IBUs – 21
Availability – 22 0z. bottles & draft

Avondale Brewing to add Spring Street Saison to lineup of cans

AvondaleSSScansAvondale Brewing Company (Birmingham, Alabama) announced earlier this week that Spring Street Saison will soon be available in 12 oz. cans.

Coming in as the fourth beer to make it to cans from the brewery (joining Battlefield India Pale Ale, Mill City White Belgian Wit, and Vanillaphant Porter), Avondale Brewing’s flagship Spring Street Saison will soon be delighting craft beer fans with canned convenience.  This truly fantastic Saison is brewed with a “proprietary house yeast, a 4 malt blend and traditional Slovenian hops.”  Although it may come in at a sizeable 7.2% ABV, Spring Street Saison’s delightfully easy drinking ways will be welcomed in any cooler found at the lake, river or beach.

There is no word on the exact date these cans will hit shelves in Alabama, but you can still find Spring Street Saison in bottles and on draft until the official release of this new packaging option.  Once the information is released, I will update you with that info here.  Stay tuned.  Prost!

Vital Information on Spring Street Saison from Avondale Brewing Company

Style – Belgian-style Farmhouse Ale
Availability – Year-round
ABV – 7.2%
IBUs – 18