Don’t Miss the Downtown Huntsville, Alabama Craft Beer Trail

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Craft beer is becoming more popular in Huntsville, Alabama. So popular, there are now 2 downtown Huntsville craft beer trails. Cards for the brewery or bottle shop craft beer trails can be obtained at any participating brewery or at the Huntsville/Madison Visitor Center.

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Campus No. 805, was once S.R. Butler High School until closing in 2009. 5 years later, the Stone Center building reopened as a community entertainment venue with breweries, axe throwing, restaurants, a salon, bottleshop, and fitness training studio. Straight to Ale Brewery and Tap Room and Yellow Hammer Brewing, located in Campus No. 805, are only a short walk from Innerspace Brewing Company and Salty Nut Brewing.

Below the Radar Brewhouse

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  • Below the Radar has over 30 beers on draft, an outdoor patio, and a large menu including brunch, sandwiches, dinner entrées, appetizers, and vegetarian options. Avoid the dinner rush, this is a popular place in the evening.

Green Bus Brewing

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green bus brewing taproom

  • Less than half a mile from Below the Radar is Green Bus Brewing. We love the green lighting, decor, small upstairs seating area, great draft list, and it’s dog friendly. Here we sampled the most unusual beer, a coconut curry hefeweizen.

Innerspace Brewing Company

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  • Since 2016, Innerspace Brewing Company has been focusing on farmhouse and session ales, beer for the final frontier. This space themed brewery has 10 beers on tap to enjoy in the tasting room or in the biergarten.

Mad Malts Brewing

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  • The Vanilla Porter was our favorite of over 10 beers on tap at Mad Malts. We enjoy our flight at a picnic table in the large back yard. In addition to the taproom of vinyl chairs and tables, is upstairs setting with overstuffed chairs and couches. Check the calendar for live music, food trucks, and events.

Salty Nut Brewery

salty nit brewery taproom

  • Salty Nut Brewery, next door to Innerspace Brewing Co., has almost 10 beers and lemonade on draft. Check out their event calendar for food trucks, game nights, live music, and more.

Straight to Ale Brewery

straight to ale outdoor bar

straight to ale brewery and tap room

  • Southern born and brewed since 2009, Straight to Ale Brewery and Taproom has over 10 beers on tap and a delicious menu of tacos, appetizers, pizza, and sandwiches. Beyond the main bar and stainless steel tanks is a large outdoor patio and bar.  Yellow Hammer Brewing can be seen from the outdoor bar across a miniature disc golf field. We learn from locals, down the hall from the main bar a secret door hidden among a wall of lockers leads to a speakeasy selling Shelta Cavern Spirits distilled in-house including gin, rum, vodka, and whiskey.

Yellow Hammer Brewing

yellow hammer beer flight

  • Yellow Hammer Brewing opened in Huntsville in 2010. More than 20 craft beers on tap can be enjoyed inside the taproom or on the large outdoor patio. Behind the taproom is Yellowhammer’s Lost Highway Bierhall, popular for live music and private events. Delicious Earth and Stone Wood Fired Pizzas, salads, and appetizers are served next door to the taproom.

Bonus Breweries: Madison, only 15 minutes from Huntsville, has 3 additional breweries to check out.

Blue Pants Brewery

blue pants beer flight

  • There are plenty of seats at Blue Pants Brewery with an indoor taproom and 1,200 feet outdoor patio featuring live music 2 days a week. 6 of the 12 beers of draft can be sampled in a large flight. The peanut butter porter is pants down our favorite. With an awesome logo, we were disappointed in the lack of merchandise available for purchase.

Old Black Bear Brewing Company

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  • Our first stop in Madison is Old Black Bear Brewing Company. There is an extensive menu of salads, burgers, pastas, entrées, and appetizers. We order a flight of 8oz. pours to sample 4 of the 5 beers on tap. Order a couple cocktails, check out the outdoor patio, and play a couple games of bocce.

Rocket Republic Brewing Company

rocket republic tap room

  • Rocket Republic Brewing Company has been brewing beer since 2013. This space, punk brewery has almost 20 beers on tap including our favorite beer of the trip, Cosmic Cookie, an oatmeal cookie ale. The taproom has plenty of room for board games, ping-pong, and an outdoor patio. Check out their calendar for food truck schedules and events.

June 2018

Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

The Traveling Gingerbread is a place for us to share budget travel tips for people with full time jobs, fun facts, itineraries, and where to find the best craft beer. We have been traveling together since 2013. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours, experiences, and local breweries. We can't walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness. In 2019, we brewed our first beer and were hooked, although, we have no intentions of brewing more than small batches. We'll continue our self appointed roles of professional testers and creating craft beer trails.

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