Avondale Brewing Company
The Avondale Brewing Company is a brewery at 201 41st Street South in Avondale. The business is a partnership between real estate agent Coby Lake, his brother Hunter Lake, Chris Donaldson, and contractor and brewer Craig Shaw.
The 6,000 square foot building was built in 1885 and has served as a bunkhouse for railroad and mill workers, a bank, a wholesale confectionary, and the Long Branch Saloon. It had been vacant since the late 1980s and needed significant structural repairs, including a rebuilding of the entire front facade which had settled and cracked. For brewing, the company purchased a German-made 17-barrel system capable of producing 10,000 barrels per year at full production.
The brewery's logo, unveiled in February 2011, features a portrait of Miss Fancy, a former resident of the Birmingham Zoo at Avondale Park who was often treated to bootleg whisky and mash during prohibition.
- Spring Street Saison, a Belgian-style farmhouse style made with a blend of four malts, Slovenian hops, and fermented in open vats using a special house yeast. It is named for the older name of 41st Street South.
- Battlefield IPA, an American India Pale Ale using American and European malts with a heavy dose of west coast hops. It is named for the Battle of Avondale.
- Miss Fancy's Tripel, a strong Belgian-style golden ale given an extra fermentation with candy sugar. It is named for Miss Fancy the elephant.
- Vanillaphant Porter, a porter flavored with Madagascar vanilla. Also named for Miss Fancy.
- Brothel Brown, a Belgian-style brown ale with tart notes from the brewery's house yeast. It was formerly named Mr. Todd's Brown for elephant keeper John Todd.
- Williams, Roy L. (June 24, 2010) "Birmingham's second brewery brings hops to Avondale." The Birmingham News
- Tomberlin, Michael (October 14, 2010) "Brewers hopping to the Alabama suds rush." The Birmingham News
- Diel, Stan (March 3, 2011) "Birmingham's Avondale Brewing Co. close to getting OK to start making beer." The Birmingham News