Beer Quest for Brewfest: Good People Brewing | Arts & Culture
Good People Brewing Company
- Began: 2008
- Owners: Jason Malone and Michael Sellers
- Location: Birmingham, AL
- Flagship Beer: Good People IPA
- Tap Room Hours: Tuesday- Friday 3pm - 10pm, Saturday 1pm - 10pm, Sunday 1pm - 4pm.
For my final trip on my beer quest, I went to the oldest brewery in the state of Alabama, Good People. This Brewery is located in the heart of Downtown Birminham (114 14th Street South) right next to where the city is about to build the new ballpark for the Birmingham Barons.
They are in a huge warehouse that houses their taproom along with their brewery equipment. I was able to speak with the newest brewer to the Good People team, Nathan Darnell and Co owner, Mike Sellers.
Nathan recently came to Alabama and was a little shocked to find Alabama behind the beer curve, but said that he loves that Free the Hops works to pass legislation - like the AVB law, the Brewery Modernization Act, and the Gourmet Bottle Bill (Congrats!) - for the state of Alabama.
Nathan started out volunteering for the brewery and they offered him a job when they expanded. And they plan to expand even more this year. They are even taking their beer up to Nashville, TN at the end of this month. They are also gearing up for what they hope to be a baseball boom in business.
Mike Sellers said that he and his friend Jason Malone never set out to start a brewery and create a business, but they have enjoyed paving the way for the other breweries in the state. I'll say this, I have never met so many people in one industry that are so cordial to each other. Everyone in craft brewing is so supportive and really just wants people to hop on board the craft beer train.
You may have seen the Good People Cans in your local grocery store (it's the same canning system that Straight to Ale is now using). Both Nathan and Mike say it's always great to see people enjoying their beer and they sing the cans praises to all the bottle lovers out there.
I was able to admire their awesome yellow truck, keg lights, and huge spool tables while at their location. I also tried a few of their beers while down there, the Double IPA Snake Handler will smack you in the mouth with the hoppy flavor. In fact, I have a sneaky suspicion that Jason Malone (owner and recipe creator) is a lover of the hops.