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Offline Yankee Dog

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Alabama the Beautiful.
« on: June 29, 2017, 09:30:22 PM »
The missus and have talked about a trip around the boarders of Alabama for a while.  We usually take a long trip every summer so it was decided that this year would be that year.  And of course since as some of you may know we do enjoy stopping at microbreweries from time to time it seemed appropriate to combine the two activities.

So off we go.




First stop Florence and Bluewater Brewery.

The weather earlier was looking a might iffy but by the time Bratso (that would be the missus) got home from work and we hit the road all was well.



Bluewater Brewery is a small place.  They only had three beers on tap but they were all good.  My favorite was the General John Coffee Stout. I do like a good used motor oil and General John certainly met the requirement.  I didn't get pics of the inside but we will endeavor to do better in the future.  The bartender was of the friendly sort.  He gave us samples of the other beers on tap, to include a quad that had not been released yet. Yummy.  Life is good. 




Tomorrow's stop is Tuscaloosa and the Band of Brothers Brewery.  Time allowing we may also stop in at Black Warrior.  So tag along as we drink our way around Alabama and try to get a little motorcycle riding in between. 
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Re: Alabama the Beautiful.
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2017, 09:33:41 PM »
Oh yeah ... I'm in
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Re: Alabama the Beautiful.
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2017, 07:47:40 AM »
HECK YEAH !!!!! 8)

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Re: Alabama the Beautiful.
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2017, 07:52:39 AM »
Today's route. 


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Re: Alabama the Beautiful.
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2017, 08:15:38 AM »
This should be interesting........very interesting.  ;)

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Re: Alabama the Beautiful.
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2017, 03:25:12 PM »
Great day for a ride.  First stop was Waterloo. Our Northwestern most point.  I always like the riverside drive on the way out there.  I think the Bratso has some pics of it.  This is the Trail of Tears memorial




I have never ridden much on the west side of our state.  I kind of liked it.  A lot of chipseal lane and a half twisty roads.  Just perfect for the baby beemer.  We were in in out of the rain all day.  Only came down hard once but we were able to find shelter






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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2017, 06:34:52 PM »
Today's featured brewery is Band of Brothers in Tuscaloosa. They go after a European style.  And although I personally prefer American stouts and such.  They were stil pretty good.








This was the food truck outside where we continued the culinary side of our adventure






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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2017, 06:40:05 PM »
Oops. Almost forgot the beer.






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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2017, 07:02:55 PM »
Road shots.  Since after all this is a motorcycle riding forum












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Re: Alabama the Beautiful.
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2017, 07:42:39 PM »
Round two is Black Warrior Brewing



This the most popular brewery in town. But I find the beer to be a bit bland.  Not bad mind you. But not as full flavored as what Huntsville has to offer. 





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« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2017, 10:03:14 AM »
Today we will divert our Alabama tour into the great state of Mississippi. Today in Mississippi the brewery laws change and there is much rejoicing!!! We will join in on the celebration.
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« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2017, 02:31:00 PM »
Arrival in Laurel MS.  Only got lost a couple of times. 




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« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2017, 07:48:12 PM »
Today's stop is Slowboat Brewery in Laurel, MS.   Yeah I know Mississippi is not Alabama. But Alabama is a bit short of breweries in this part of the state.  So Mississippi is forced to take up the slack




Turnes out MS just changed their brewery laws and now allow them to sell their own beer on premises.   There are parties going on all across the state.  This one was hopping with bands and the whole nine.




Slowboat is in an old warehouse/factory. The decor was shall we say a bit rough.  But we loved it and the beer was great. They had a really nice milk stout and a sour or two that we actually drinkable.



Laurel is not exactly on the route to anywhere but if you do find yourself in the neighborhood it is certainly worth a stop


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Re: Alabama the Beautiful.
« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2017, 07:54:44 PM »
Tomorrow's stop is Fairhope Brewing. 




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« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2017, 08:51:52 PM »
Man this looks fun. None of the guys I ride with care about craft beer.

Band of Brothers is one I'd like to visit. I've had some of their beers at Wish You Were Beer in Huntsville/Madison, and thought they were pretty good.

Had not heard of Bluewater. Surprised you didn't hit up Singin' River in Florence. They're the most well known from that area.
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