The Cotton State
The 22nd state.
Motto: We Dare Defend Our Rights
Bird: Northern Flicker
Better when you get it from the source
Housed in a historic building that was once a pharmacy, saloon, and brothel, Avondale Brewing is bridging the past and present together. We craft our brews with the same unique character and style as the stories that have inspired them. We are a locally owned and operated brewery that is dedicated to revitalizing our neighborhood and reviving the legacy of Avondale, Alabama.
In 2008, after several years in the corporate world and with over 150 brewery tours under his belt, founder Jason Wilson reached out to renowned Brewmaster Jamie Ray and asked for his help in developing the recipes for Back Forty Beer Company. The goal for the liquid was simple—to expose Southerners to the same craft beer culture that Wilson had been a part of for the last ten years. This meant starting out with classic beer styles and evolving with customers along the way.
Cahaba Brewing Company was founded in the summer of 2011 by a group of friends united by their love of craft beer and home brewing. The group found an excellent location for the brewery in the Pepper Place/Lakeview district of Birmingham on 3rd Avenue South. The 8000 square foot building housed the brewery and tasting room until 2016. In January 2016, we celebrated our "Last Pint Night" at the original 3rd Ave South location. The new 51,000 square foot building, located in the Historical Continental Gin Complex.
Druid City Brewing company is a shining example of the power of the proverbial bar napkin sketch, and the success that can come out of it. Brewery co-owners Bo Hicks and Elliott Roberts started getting involved with brewing craft beer about 5 years ago. After so long, the friends discussed how cool it would be for Tuscaloosa, Ala. to have its own brewery. “Eventually we just called each other’s bluff, and we made a business plan, found some investors, and we got the brewery goin,” said Hicks. Druid City’s first legal beer was brewed on November 23, 2012, which was sold at Egans.
Our first batch of beer was brewed on Dec. 21, 2012, On Jan. 6, 2013, the Fairhope Brewing Company opened its doors to an eager public thirsty for locally crafted beer made with only the finest ingredients. What started as just two beers in the taproom – Everyday Ale and Section Street Wheat – has grown into a selection of six year-round offerings and many occasional brews (not to mentioned cider and wine). Currently, we keep 14 beers and a cider on tap at all times with a wide range of flavors to hit a variety of taste buds. Whether you like IPAs, stouts, ports, fruited beers, or crisp golden ale, we have you covered!
Built on an old family farm that was purchased in 1962, Folklore Brewing & Meadery became the first "packaging brewery" in Dothan since the Prohibition era. Jeremy Pate and his family started brewing beer as a pastime, but the concept of doing it for a living quickly became their dream. Folklore's beers were in development long before the dream became a reality. The brewmaster, Jeremy Pate, has been home-brewing and consulting microbreweries since the early 2000s.
Located in Birmingham's burgeoning Parkside District since 2010, we love spurring on our neighbors — and the Birmingham Barons — at Regions Field. We also love throwing frisbee with the dogs at nearby Railroad Park. As our little corner of the Magic City has grown, we've grown with it. But one thing has never changed: our passion for brewing great beer for good people.
The creation of TrimTab Brewing Co. was a long, winding journey. Its members came from all walks of life, on different paths of their own – but all were bound by a love for craft beer, and a calling to leave the world a better place than they found it. The process of forming the company took over two years and involved the input of many passionate people.
As we breathe new life into Downtown Madison, Old Black Bear is setting the stage for something special. The Black Bear is a way of life. Hard Work and persistence is what defines who we are. With our quality products and innovative ideas, we’re changing the beer culture one pint at a time!
Located just over two miles from downtown Gadsden, Noccalula Falls Park and Campground allows you to escape into nature close to the amenities a traveler or adventurer needs. Whether camping or just visiting for the day this unique attraction will quench your appetite for adventure and history.
Phil Campbell, AL
Dismals Canyon - located in Northwest Alabama - is an 85 acreNatural Conservatory privately owned and operated. It is not a State Park or National Park. However, it was designated a "National Natural Landmark" in 1975 by the National Natural Landmarks Program. NNLs are administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Fort Payne, AL
Continuing in the rustic tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), mountainous Desoto State Park is nestled atop beautiful Lookout Mountain in scenic Northeast Alabama and accented by many rushing waterfalls, sandstone outcroppings, and fragrant wildflowers that will simply take your breath away. Developed in the late 1930s, the hard-working and dedicated men of the CCC made many natural enhancements to the park that have withstood the test of time and will last for future generations. Come commune with Mother Nature as DeSoto State Park offers a family-friendly atmosphere that holds wonders for people of all ages!
Russell Cave is an archaeological site with one of the most complete records of prehistoric cultures in the Southeast. Thousands of years ago a portion of Russell Cave's entrance collapsed, creating a shelter that, for more than 10,000 years, was home to prehistoric peoples. Today it provides clues to the daily lifeways of early North American inhabitants dating from 10,000 B.C. to 1650 A.D.
Surrounded completely by the Talladega National Forest, Cheaha State Park is ideal for access to the Kentuck ORV-ATV Trail. Soon our guests will be able to purchase day passes for USFS recreation areas and the ORV-ATV Trail in the Cheaha Mountain Store. Additionally, the park is home to the Cheaha Trailhead of the Pinhoti Trail, which connects with the Appalachian Trail and accesses the Odum Scout Trail, and the Chinnabee Silent Trail. Here hikers can experience tranquility, native wildlife, and beautiful waterfalls.
Fort Payne, AL
Located on the boundary of DeKalb and Cherokee Counties, in the rugged yet verdant landscape of northeast Alabama, Little River Canyon National Preserve (the preserve) was established in 1992 by Public Law 102-427 to protect the landscapes of the Little River Canyon. The authorized boundary of the preserve currently contains 15,288 acres, 11,042 acres of which are federally owned and managed. Protected within the preserve boundary are the spectacular Little River Canyon, the pristine Little River, and a number of rare and threatened plant and animal species. Together with the adjacent Desoto State Park, Little River Canyon National Preserve provides abundant scenic views and varied recreational opportunities for locals and visitors alike.
Jackson County, AL
Neversink is a beautiful 162 foot open air pit in Jackson County Alabama. The bottom can only be reached using vertical caving skills, knowledge, and equipment to safely descend into its depths by rappelling a rope and ascending that same rope with specialty equipment to exit the cave. The bottom of Neversink is approximately 162 feet from the edge. The best way to obtain the skills needed for vertical caving is to join a local caving club or grotto of the National Speleological Society and receive hands-on training from its members.
Originally called Bat Cave, Cathedral Caverns was opened to the public by Jacob Gurley in the 1950's. The cave was renamed because of its cathedral-like appearance. Purchased by the state in 1987, it was opened as a State Park in the summer of 2000. The first feature most people notice about Cathedral Caverns is its massive entrance. The huge opening measures 126 feet wide and 25 feet high, a possible world record for commercial caves. The grand entrance is only the beginning. Inside the cavern are some of the most beautiful formations Mother Nature has ever created including “Goliath”- one of the largest stalagmites in the world measuring 45 feet tall and 243 feet in circumference. Cathedral Caverns features many amazing sites: a "caveman" perched atop a flowstone wall, a "frozen" waterfall, a large stalagmite forest and a most improbable stone formation - a stalagmite that is 27 feet tall and 3 inches wide!
Natural Bridge, AL
The 148-foot sandstone bridge towers 60 feet above winding pathways and is the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies. Found in a forest setting with natural gardens, picnicking, nature trails, concessions, and gift shop. Hours: Open daily 8 a.m.-sunset, year round. Admission. Visit the Natural Bridge of Alabama!
The cities of Alexander City, Dadeville, and Eclectic are nearby
Lake Martin includes many popular attractions, including eagles nest, natural sand beaches, restaurants, camping areas and popular islands. The lake has several landmarks, such as the Kowaliga Bridge, and several marinas, but perhaps the most recognized landmark on the lake is Chimney Rock, a large rock formation that resembles a chimney. Chimney Rock is located several hundred yards away; the formation which most people call Chimney Rock is Acapulco Rock. The area was the Tallapoosa River gorge before Martin Dam was built, and the water is more than 150 feet deep. The spot is visited by thousands of boaters yearly, who park in front of "The Rock" to watch people climb up 60 feet and jump off into the water.
Taste it there, and take a bottle (or two) home!
We are a small farm winery in North Central Alabama. The first vines at White Oak were planted in 1998 and now produce fruit for most of our wines. Grapes currently flourishing include over 8 varieties of Muscadines. We are excited to be part of a new venture between The University of California at Davis and Auburn University that recently brought in disease resistent traditional grape varieties (such as Chardonnay) cultivated at UCD. In December, 2010, staff planted over 300 vines at an experiment station in Clanton, Alabama. White Oak now has over 7 acres of these grapes planted, with our first harvest of chardonnay in the bottle now. Stay tuned for more info as we harvest the reds later this year.
They began laying the groundwork with his mother, Mary, and by the time Brammer graduated, Morgan Creek Vineyards and Winery was already up and running. In 2001, they produced around 600 cases; by 2007 Morgan Creek produced some 15,000 with the wines sold in some 400 stores throughout Alabama, including most major grocery chains and wine shops.
Brammer attributes this success to the fact that Morgan Creek has created its own niche. “We specialize in muscadine and fruit wines—semi-sweet to sweetish wines—and nobody has really done those commercially,” Brammer explains. Moreover, he says he had no interest in competing with legions of chardonnays, cabernets and more traditional wines already crowding the shelves in stores, and wanted to focus on a product that would be truly native to the area. “One of our clichés is, grits don’t come from New York, and chardonnay doesn’t come from Alabama,” he says.
Perdido Vineyards Wines are made exclusively from the finest wine varieties of Muscadine grapes. These distinctive grapes, grown widely throughout the South, have been a favorite of Southerners for generations.
The unique flavor of these Southern grapes is captured in the delicious aroma and taste of Perdido Vineyards wines.
Perdido Vineyards produces premium white, red, and rosé table wines with the fresh fruity taste of our native Scuppernong and Muscadine grapes
Alabama's FIRST producers of
vitis vinifera wine grapes! We grow Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, Petit Syrah, Blaufrankisch, and Sylvaner. Our vineyard has an elevation over 1100 feet, the highest in the state.
HAND PICKED, not hired!
Expect Southern hospitality from a farmers perspective. Our wine tastings consist of wines from our estate grown grapes, local sweet muscadine and sweet fruit wines.
This is our home! HANDCRAFTED WINES
MAD COUNTY began as a family passion to small batch and handcraft
truly excellent COUNTRY HICK WINES and SPIRITS for family,
friends, and neighbors.
That is how we started. That is who we are. That is who will always be.
The only difference now, is that our circle of friends, neighbors and
family just got a little bigger. And as far as we are concerned,
that's the only difference.
In 2005, the vision and mission at Ozan came to life and we became the second Shelby County winery, opening our tasting room and cellar operation. Our founder and Auburn graduate, Burt Patrick, uses his creativity to design unique flavors inspired by time spent traveling in Europe, Asia and the US wine regions.
Hidden Meadow Vineyard is a winery located in rural Jemison, Alabama. We currently have well over a dozen varieties of wines, from dry to dessert, ready for the tasting. Our wine is made on-site from grapes and other fruits acquired on the premises and occasionally from other sources. Hidden Meadow Vineyard has been several years in the making. The first grape plants were set out in 2005 with additional plantings through 2010 for a total of four acres. Varieties include: Muscadine grapes ( noble, carlos & magnolia ), Concord, Niagara & Cynthiana. We are a small- family run- farm winery realizing a dream that only most can dream of, but through hard work and careful planning dreams can come true.
Bryant Vineyard is Alabama's Oldest Continually Operating Winery. We proudly produce several Award-winning Muscadine Wines. Our vines are planted on land that has been in our family since the mid-1800s. For years the farm was owned and operated by Joseph S. Armbrester, grandfather to the Bryants, who found the Coosa Valley ideal for rearing his family and growing cotton as the main crop. Overlooking the beautiful Lake Logan Martin, Bryant Vineyard emerged from a dream in 1965 when only a few vines were planted for family jellies and wine experimentation. Then, in 1981 several varieties of European grapes along with native Alabama muscadine and scuppernong grapes were planted on approximately five acres -- the heart of today's vineyard. We have been an Alabama licensed winery since 1985, receiving the second license granted by the state.
Fun, Intriguing Attractions
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center regularly features traveling exhibits from around the world.
Learn about the development of the space shuttle program, examine military hardware in our Team Redstone exhibit, challenge yourself on our Mars Climbing Wall, race against the clock on the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge course, experience a motion-based flight simulation on board HyperShip, and experience the Red Planet in our Mars Play Station. Also attend a presentation in our model of NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center and tour through two International Space Station modules as a part of the "ISS: Science on Orbit" exhibit. Enjoy The Live Science interactive presentations that introduce scientific principles, historic information and astronomical facts in 15-minute demonstrations.
Finally, enjoy immersive astronomy shows, live entertainment and exciting theater experiences in the state-of-the-art INTUITIVE®Planetarium.
This museum would specialize in providing hands-on experiences that inspire visitors to understand and appreciate the maritime heritage of the Gulf of Mexico. There would be no permanent collection of artifacts – rather, historical artifacts and memorabilia would be displayed in a few areas and through temporary exhibits. The museum's permanent exhibits would provide interactive experiences by engaging visitors in hands-on activities. With 90 exhibits, theaters, displays and simulators, GulfQuest provides a whole new way for residents and visitors to explore the Gulf of Mexico.
Gulf Shores, AL
Located on Mobile Point, at the end of Scenic Fort Morgan Peninsula, Fort Morgan Historic Site has a diverse number of activities to make your vacation a memorable one.
Preceded by another fort, Fort Bowyer during the War of 1812, Fort Morgan is a Third System masonry fort built between 1819 and 1833. Standing guard where the bay meets the Gulf of Mexico, the fort played a significant role in the Battle of Mobile Bay in August 1864. Used intermittently through the Spanish American War, World War I and World War II, the site showcases the evolution of seacoast fortifications and adaptations made by the U.S. Army for the defense of the country. In 1946 the site was turned over to the State of Alabama as a historic site.
The grounds offer more than just history, the site also has nature areas, a boat launch, picnic area, and beaches for visitors to enjoy. Whatever your reason for visiting, make sure Fort Morgan State Historic Site is a part of your visit to Alabama's beautiful Gulf Coast!
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, part of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a cultural and educational research center that promotes a comprehensive understanding for the significance of civil rights developments in Birmingham. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, BCRI reaches more than 150,000 individuals each year though award-winning programs and services.
Daulphin Island, AL
The Estuarium is an exciting educational public aquarium highlighting the four key habitats of coastal Alabama: the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands and the Northern Gulf of Mexico. It includes the 10,000 square foot Exhibit Hall, a 7,000 gallon sting ray touch pool, and the Living Marsh Boardwalk. This facility has 31 aquariums totaling over 30,000 gallons with more than 100 species on display. The Estuarium showcases the plants, animals, and other natural resources found in the Estuary and its surrounding marine habitats.
Historic markers designate the site where Rosa Parks boarded the public bus and where she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger and move to the back. The Rosa Parks Museum, located at the site of Parks’ famous arrest, is centered on Parks’ story and its place in the Civil Rights Movement and features a restored bus and other artifacts.
Architecture critic Peter Blake wrote in 1960 that “during the 1930s, Wright built four structures of a beauty unexcelled in America before or since.” Three of those are Fallingwater, the Johnson Wax Administrative Building, and Taliesin West. The fourth was the Rosenbaum House.
The Ave Maria Grotto is home to the fruitful labor of Brother Joseph Zoettl, OSB. Br. Joseph was a Benedictine monk of St. Bernard Abbey. Originally from Landschutt, Bavaria-Germany, a young Br. Joseph found himself headed to America to pursue monastic life at Alabama's only Benedictine Abbey. Little did anyone know that this young Bavarian would end up leaving the abbey its greatest legacy and in an incredibly humble way. Since 1934, people from around the world visit the Ave Maria Grotto to see famous parts of the world in miniature. The former abbey quarry is now the 4 acre park that the Grotto and surrounding miniatures rest upon.
On an unassuming stretch of land suited for soybean farming located next to a couple of abandoned airport runways, crews constructed the biggest, fastest and most competitive superspeedway in the world- Talladega Superspeedway.
Since Alabama International Motor Speedway (as it was called until 1989) opened its gates in September of 1969, the track has surpassed every initial expectation in terms of sheer size, speed and competition.
Talladega, AL emerged as the top choice among several possible sites in the Southest, with the main criteria for selection being availability of land, access to the interstate system and a population base of at least 20 million people within 300 miles.
From its humble beginnings on February 1, 1940 as the keel was laid at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia, Battleship USS ALABAMA (BB-60) has had a remarkable career. She began her World War II adventures in the North Atlantic in 1943, then later that year, went to the South Pacific seas. She ended up in Mobile, Alabama as a National Historic Landmark and memorial to millions.
What kind of city builds a huge statue of a burly, bearded, bare-bottomed man to tower over its entire population? One that never forgets its roots. Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and forge, watches over all of Birmingham as a symbol of the city’s iron origins–and the ever-present spark of its indomitable spirit.