I chatted with brewer Doug Tibbs to get the scoop on Alabama’s new signature beer. Keep reading to find out when + how you can try it yourself, plus see what we have to say about the taste.
A surprising hit—cans already sold out twice
When the brewers at Chandlers Ford Brewing thought up this idea almost two years ago, they had no idea the public would react with such passion.
“I didn’t expect this response. I’ve got people coming in and calling me all day looking for the cans.”Doug Tibbs, Chief Zymurgy Officer
The beer was a hit with the community and cans flew off the shelves twice in the past few weeks.
Don’t wait to try it—only on tap for a short time
They may have sold out of cans for now, but the tasty sweet tea-inspired beer is still on tap for another week or so until it’s gone.
- Address: BeeZr | 109 North Side Square, Huntsville, AL 35801
- Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11AM-10PM, Friday 11AM-11PM, Saturday 10AM-11PM, Sunday 10AM-4PM
So…what’s up with the KFC logo?
You’re thinking what I was thinking: what’s this KFC-Kay Ivey business about? It all started one night a year and half ago after a couple beers when Doug and his buddies threw out the idea of making a Kay Ivey beer.
“Adam, the guy who does our artwork, pulled up the photo of Kay Ivey on his iPad to start sketching a logo for this new beer idea and I said, ‘Hey, put a little bowtie on her, she looks like the KFC dude.'”Doug Tibbs, Chief Zymurgy Officer
And it was that simple—this eye-catching logo is just a light-hearted, kitchy idea they dreamed up before the beer recipe itself. Kay Ivey reposted the can on her Instagram story in favor of the beer.
Is it worth the hype? (We tried it, and spoiler alert, yes)
Honest reviewer, here—I’m not a beer person (at all). I am a tea person, however, so I had high hopes for this Sweet Tea Sour. That said, I loved this drink.
Doug explained this beer is cold conditioned with Piper and Leaf’s Front Porch Special tea blend (I’m listening…). The tea cold-steeps with lemon peel and honey for two days, maximizing the beautiful aroma and notes from the jasmine in the tea leaves.
The lemon peel and honey give this drink a bright, sweet lemony taste that’s refreshing, but not in a sour-puckering way. It has a well-rounded zingy and sweet taste that kept me wanting more (a shocker for me to say).
I didn’t find it stout, sour or bitter like I find most beers I’ve tried, and you could probably convince me I wasn’t even drinking a beer it was that good.
Stay tuned for the next batch
If you didn’t get to try the KIV, don’t fret. Another batch is in the works for release in a month or so.
“With this response, you can’t ignore it, so we’ll be making more batches.”Doug Tibbs, Chief Zymurgy Officer
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