September 28, 2015
We’ve joined forces with Oskar Blues Brewery, founded by Alabama-native Dale Katechis, to brew a collaborative beer and shine a light on the growth of Alabama craft brewing.
In early September, Oskar Blues invited Straight to Ale (Huntsville, AL), Good People Brewing Co. (Birmingham, AL), Cahaba Brewing (Birmingham, AL), and Fairhope Brewing Company (Fairhope, AL) to their Brevard, NC brewery. The five breweries developed a recipe and began brewing their collaborative brew, Hoptub Bath Machine.
The beer will debut in October, just prior to The Hangout Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend. Hoptub Bath Machine will have limited 6-pack availability in select Alabama markets and along the Florida panhandle, and will make its official debut at our Friday Craft Beer Festival.
Katechis brewed his first beer in a bathtub while studying at Auburn University. This brew eventually became the award-winning, best-selling Dale’s Pale Ale. This fall, he gave back to his alma mater with an endowed fellowship program for students accepted into the Brewing Sciences and Operations certificate program (this year’s scholarship recipient joined the collaborative brewing process in Brevard).
Plus, all the participating breweries will be pouring at our Friday Craft Beer Festival and be on hand for panel discussion on the future of Alabama craft brewing Saturday, November 7; 1:15 pm-1:45 pm.