In the past few years, Huntsville’s craft beer scene has steadily grown, and the rocket city now offers some of the most popular breweries, taprooms, and beerhouses in the state. With winter well upon us, Huntsville’s breweries and taprooms are offering a wide array of beers to warm you up and make the frigid season a little more enjoyable. Each location offers something different including musical entertainment, delicious food and growlers, but all offer a large selection of craft beer perfect for the winter months.
With over 500 different types of beer, there is something for everyone at Wish You Were Beer. The craft beer store offers plenty of bottled and canned options, and they can fill growlers from one of their many taps. Patrons can also enjoy a drink on location in the tasting room. Location: 7407 US Highway 72, Suite G; Madison, AL 35758 Phone: (256)325-9992
Blue Pants Brewery’s Pinstripe: (Madison, Alabama) 8.0% ABV – This is a great cold weather beer, brewed with locally roasted coffee from the Kaffeeklatsch in Huntsville. The higher ABV and coffee flavor makes it a good brew for chilly weather.
Straight to Ale’s Laika: (Huntsville, Alabama) 9.75% ABV – This is a rich, chewy beer with notes of chocolate and coffee, making it ideal for the winter months. This is a popular seasonal beer; so get it before it is too late!
Old Black Bear’s Cave City Lager: (Madison, Alabama) 5.20 % ABV – This red lager is dark and malty, but is light on the palate, making it a versatile beer for year-round consumption.
Stem and Stein is a perfect location for both beer and wine lovers. The wine cellar and bar offers over 800 wines and over 250 craft beers. Customers can have growlers filled from their 17 taps, as well as enjoy a pint and meal at the bar, which has musical entertainment every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Location: 10871 County Line Road, Suite B ; Madison, AL 35758 Phone: 256-325-3779
Bells Special Double Cream Stout (Comstock, Michigan) 6.1% ABV – This winter seasonal stout is brewed with 10 specialty malts. It has soft flavors of cocoa and espresso, making it perfect for a winter evening.
Founder’s Black Rye (Grand Rapids, Michigan) 7.5 % ABV – Black Rye is a bit of a thicker IPA that is very hoppy and bitter. This is a sought-after, seasonal beer, so make sure you get it before it runs out.
Great Divide Hibernation Ale (Denver, Colorado) 8.7 % ABV – This old style ale is not for those new to drinking craft beer. Hibernation Ale is a robust beer, with a boozy taste that will warm you up quickly.
Below the Radar is a craft brewhouse, conveniently located in one of Huntsville’s Downtown Arts & Entertainment districts. The brewhouse has an extensive menu as well as a diverse beer and wine selection. Patrons can enjoy a wide range of draft beer from the 32 rotating taps; including the brewery’s own Below the Radar beers. Location: 220 Holmes Ave NE , Huntsville, AL 35801 Phone: (256) 469-6617
Below the Radar’s Shadow Ops Black IPA (Huntsville, Alabama) 7.0 % ABV – Shadow Ops is one of Below the Radar’s flagship beers. It is a dark, heavy beer with roasted, malty flavors and a hoppy taste that hits you at the end.
Clown Shoes Brewing’s Extremely Angry Beast (Ipswich, MA) 12 % ABV – This Imperial Stout has an alcohol content of 12 percent so it will warm you up quickly. Extremely Angry Beast is a combination of three beers, creating a strong beer that is best drunk on the warmer side.
Westbrook Brewing Company’s Chocolate Coconut Almond Imperial Stout (Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina) 10 % ABV – This stout was created to celebrate Westbrook’s fourth anniversary and is in hot demand. It is a great smooth beer, brewed with coconut, almonds, and chocolate.
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At the age of 12, a subscription to National Geographic magazine began Sarah’s passionate love for all things related to photography, and since then she’s photographed everything from weddings to house fires to beautiful desserts.
Sarah works as a photographer and writer in North Alabama and has photographed for numerous national brands including Southern Living, Cooking Light and Pillsbury. She also writes for several local magazines and is a regular contributor to the popular food blog Huntsville Eats.