And there isn’t a witch or a cauldron in sight!
Halloween may be here soon, but we’d like to tell you about a treat for the grown-ups of Cullman County (no tricks, either!)
Once upon a time, in an unused (maybe haunted?) warehouse in south Cullman, four old friends came together to create something delicious. What had once been a hobby had evolved into a passion, and revealed a very tasty talent! In 2016, they opened the doors to the city’s only craft brewery, Goat Island Brewing.
At Weichert, Realtors® – Carter & Company, we are so proud of everything that makes our community unique.
The boys behind Goat Island are Cullman born-and-bred. With true North Alabama ingenuity and talent, they brought a centuries-old artisanal craft back home.
This area has deep roots in the Germanic traditions of beer making, a spirit we celebrate each year during Oktoberfest. Similarly, each Goat Island beer is named for something local and meaningful: Big Bridge; Sipsey River; Duck River; and, of course, The Colonel’s Fest Bier. Richter’s Pils takes that tradition even further: it’s brewed from an historic German recipe served in Richter’s Saloon more than 120 years ago!
In just a couple of years, the team at Goat Island Brewery has made a big impact on the culture (and flavor!) of Cullman. Their recipes have won numerous industry awards throughout Alabama and across the country. The bright and family-friendly Tap Room offers an authentic brewery experience: enjoy a drink and live music overlooking the tanks. With its welcoming atmosphere and so many tasty options on tap, this has quickly become a favorite of the Cullman social scene.
Meanwhile, the Carter team is proud of our very own local brewmaster! Agent Jeff Taylor’s interest in craft beer led him to become the president of the Cullman Brewer’s Guild. This non-profit group of industrious amateur brewers and beer aficionados meets regularly to learn more about the process of beermaking, to perfect their own recipes, to compete for prizes, and to taste and appreciate craft beers from around the world. (And they’re awfully good at it! Jeff has won many competitions for his portfolio of beers over the past 5 years.)
Throughout the year, Guild members take part in charitable work around Cullman, raising funds for local organizations such as St. Vincent dePaul, the Link, Flourish, Cullman Caring for Kids, and The Little Pantry.
We’re glad to see that Cullman folks are “stirring the pot”, and successfully reviving the craftsmanship and customs of our forebearers. What’s brewing around here may not be spooky, but it’s definitely devilishly delicious!
Catch up with Jeff and our other friendly agents at the Goat Island Brewing tent and the Biergarten at Oktoberfest, October 3-6 at Depot Park! We can’t wait to see y’all there!