Huntsville has become a headquarters of sorts in the craft beer scene in Alabama, and a new business opening Monday, April 11 in Huntsville brings the art of brewing to the forefront.
Brewers Cooperative, located at the Stovehouse at 3414 Governors Dr SW, Huntsville AL, 35805 was created to “bring something better to those who seek it,” according to its founders. Established by five founding breweries, the co-op is the first of its kind in Alabama.
Local brewers on a mission
The mission of the Brewers Cooperative is to create better liquor, better food and better beer through the spirit of collaboration. Breweries involved in the co-op include:
- Straight To Ale Brewing of Huntsville
- Salty Nut Brewery of Huntsville
- Good People Brewing Company of Birmingham
- Avondale Brewing Company of Birmingham
- Druid City Brewing Company of Tuscaloosa
The Brewers Cooperative will have 40 beers on tap from the five breweries, but that’s not all they offer. From tasting panels, beer design forums and beer education events, the co-op will facilitate an engaging craft community founded in supporting all things local.
Membership has its benefits
One aspect of the Brewers Cooperative that sets itself apart from your ordinary tasting room is that it offers memberships, each with different benefits:
- The Collective: For $9.99 a month, you can enjoy 10% off all food, beverages, and merchandise in our tasting room. You’ll also get VIP access to additional beer releases and events, as well as invitations and discounts for exclusive tastings and tours! As a member, you’ll also receive an invite to the monthly Membership Happy Hour that will feature an industry guest speaker and tasting. Members also get discounted rates on event spaces in the Co-op.
- The Craftsman: For $19.99 a month, members enjoy all the benefits of The Collective tier plus every month you’ll receive a 64oz limited production growler from one of the co-op’s featured breweries! Beer pickup begins the month following membership purchase. For example, a membership purchased in September will be ready for pickup in October. As a member, you’ll also receive an invite to the monthly Membership Happy Hour that will feature an industry guest speaker and tasting.
- The Brewer: This membership tier has not opened for members yet, but is for craft brewers interested in honing their craft.
Good beer goes great with good food
Brewers Cooperative offers more than just good local beer. Chefs Marci Mays and Sim Hill have come on board to provide outstanding food to go along with some tasty brews.
Chef Sim Hill spent the first decade of the 2000’s playing and recording as a drummer in Nashville while at the same time working at Belmont University catering and cooking at Oceanway Studio.
He found his way to Huntsville in 2011, cooking at the Ledges, Watercress, Mezza Luna and then was given the opportunity to lead Ale’s Kitchen at Straight To Ale.
Chef Marci Mays has now helped open two breweries. After deciding to go to culinary school at J.F. Drake State, her culinary career took off. Marci was the 2016 Rocket City Chef and was featured as one of Alabama’s up-and-coming chefs with AL.com.
Brewers Co-Op is the second local brewery she has opened and she has really fallen in love with the craft of pairing locally brewed beer with delicious food prepared from scratch.
Time to visit Brewers Cooperative
Okay, so now that you know what Brewers Cooperative is all about, you need to go!
The grand opening is Monday beginning at 11AM.
Hours of operation during the week:
- Mon – Thu 11AM until 10PM
- Fri – Sat 11AM until 11PM
- Sun – 11AM until 8PM