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CapstoneGrad06
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re: *Official* Tuscaloosa things thread
It was still open when I was in Tuscaloosa in April of 2018 but according to Google it is “permanently closed”. Such is life with craft breweries.


cdur86
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re: *Official* Tuscaloosa things thread
Good grief! Does anything stay open in Tuscaloosa? There are very few establishments that are still open from when I graduated in 2009. Is Harry's still holding the fort down for underage coeds?


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The Spleen
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re: *Official* Tuscaloosa things thread
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Has Band of Brothers Brewery closed?


Yep, they closed a few months ago. They had pretty good beer and a cool taproom, but I guess never really could get their footing.

Druid City and Black Warrior the only breweries in town as far as I know.


CapstoneGrad06
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re: *Official* Tuscaloosa things thread
A lot of the craft brewery growth since 2012 has tapered off. Just a saturation of the market. But you’d think Tuscaloosa could mange more than two.


The Spleen
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re: *Official* Tuscaloosa things thread
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A lot of the craft brewery growth since 2012 has tapered off.



It has turned into a "what you done for me lately" industry. The smaller breweries that are successful are the ones that have turned to more brewery-only releases, small batches, and more inventive recipes.

I don't know what happened with Band of Brothers. I liked the beers I had from them. But I will say their taproom was in a somewhat inconvenient location. I would imagine slow taproom sales played at least a small part in their closing, but that's just speculation. Black Warrior makes very average beer, at best, but they'll be able to survive because of their location.


CapstoneGrad06
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re: *Official* Tuscaloosa things thread
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It has turned into a "what you done for me lately" industry. The smaller breweries that are successful are the ones that have turned to more brewery-only releases, small batches, and more inventive recipes.


I live in Little Rock. We have a dozen or so breweries. A couple of the smaller ones have closed recently. But replaced by new ones seemingly overnight.

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Black Warrior makes very average beer, at best, but they'll be able to survive because of their location.


I actually like them. But I don’t live in Alabama anymore and it’s just a tourist stop for me.
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RollDatRoll
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re: *Official* Tuscaloosa things thread
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It has turned into a "what you done for me lately" industry. The smaller breweries that are successful are the ones that have turned to more brewery-only releases, small batches, and more inventive recipes.


Absolutely. Black Warrior is surviving off location. It certainly isnt their beer. While I like Druid City, they are far from doing anything innovative or new.

The good news is Trim Tab is absolutely killing it in Bham.


The Spleen
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re: *Official* Tuscaloosa things thread
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While I like Druid City, they are far from doing anything innovative or new.



They seem content just doing their thing and relying on taproom sales...which is totally fine. I love the vibe at their taproom and their Downtown North Porter.

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The good news is Trim Tab is absolutely killing it in Bham.


Yep. They are pretty much printing money. Their last two IPA releases - Citra Singularity and Giant Steps - have been two of their best, IMO.

Ghost Train is doing good things as well.


secuniversity
Member since May 2015
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re: *Official* Tuscaloosa things thread
Couple of projects...

If people remember the crimson bridge over Mcfarland that'll act as a gateway to Tuscaloosa.

Image: https://www-tuscaloosanews-com.cdn.ampproject.org/i/s/www.tuscaloosanews.com/storyimage/DA/20190806/NEWS/190809268/AR/0/AR-190809268.jpg?MaxW=600



It recently got a $7 million infusion from Sen Shelby.
LINK

It's a part of an $83 million project. Started in Jan. 2018 and expected to be completed in Dec 2020.


And here's a live cam of the progress of the luxury condos next to BDS.

Live stream

Image: https://www.westgateal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Spectrum_Capital_Exterior_Cam4_Final.jpg


Image: https://www.westgateal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/352019-WestGateBDView.jpg


Image: https://www.westgateal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/466_stadium_031517_02-1.jpg




Glorious
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re: *Official* Tuscaloosa things thread
The stadium area is so much more downtown like than it was 10 years ago


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WhoDatBammer
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re: *Official* Tuscaloosa things thread
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Giant Steps


Phenomenal. Their best yet, IMO.
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