• Madison Miller

Quarantine Beers

As I’ve said many times throughout various posts, I am a fan of beer. Specifically, craft beer. Naturally, it’s a necessity for me during these times, so I thought I’d share some brews I’ve been working through. Birmingham’s craft beer scene has done an excellent job during this crazy time. I think all of ones I know of are offering curbside sales. Some are even making hand sanitizer. I would not have expected any less from them. I’ve definitely been trying to support local, but I also have a bit of a backlog of beers from my NC trips, so this list will be a mix.

Muchacho - Good People Brewing, Birmingham, AL This is a staple in the Birmingham area. It’s a Mexican lager, so it’s perfect for warm, sunny days. Luckily, we’ve had a lot of those lately. It’s been so nice to finish up work and relax with one of these on the porch or on a walk around the neighborhood. I guess it’s technically illegal to bring them on walks, but oh well. I love it and I do what I want. This is just a wonderful, no bells or whistles, beer in my opinion. I highly recommend getting your hands on one.

Martin Denny Complex - Trimtab Brewing, Birmingham, AL You guys, I love this beer. Trimtab does incredible things with sours and this is no exception. When it comes to sours, I really enjoy a juicy, fruity taste over a really tart taste. This beer does that beautifully. It's peach and passionfruit. I think I mostly taste the peach, but it's a great combo. It's part of Trimtab's beach club series, and I can absolutely imagine myself hanging out at the beach or a pool with this one. I'll have to remember that when we are allowed to go to the beach or the pool again. It reminds me of one of their other classics, the Euphoria Now. I'm craving all the juicy beers.

Cayenne Imperial Stout - Railwalk Brewery, Salisbury, NC We are still in this strange cold/warm time of year in Alabama. I think it’s pretty much switched to warm, but you never really know until May. In order for me to enjoy a stout beer, it has to be no warmer than 60 degrees outside. One exception is probably this beer. It’s a pack that my dad picked up for me during a visit to his house in NC. It’s a cayenne pepper stout. It has that sweet, dessert-like taste of a stout. At the end of the sip, you just get a little kick from the cayenne pepper. It’s delicious and a little unexpected. It’s taken me a long time to get through these though because they are 10% ABV, and I am a lightweight. What are you drinking? Especially locals. I’d love to support some more of the local breweries during this weird time. Also, I am open to some fun cocktail ideas. I’m mostly a beer or wine kind of girl, but being stuck at home has everything feeling so routine. I’d like to mix it up a little, literally. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I cannot wait for things to get back to normal, or the “new normal”. Stay safe, everyone.