September 9, 2021

Experience the best “Brews & Q’s” in North Alabama

2.8 min read

There is much to see and do in North Alabama, but nothing quite compares to the delicious barbecue or unique microbreweries the region offers. If you’re out exploring — or even if you’re local — why not get a taste of North Alabama’s best brews and Q’s?

Fact: Few things in life are better than Alabama barbecue. The North Alabama Barbecue Trail has many mouth-watering options, but here are a few of our faves to get started with:

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50 Taters

Located in Scottsboro (with a second location in Rainsville), 50 Taters offers barbecue, along with loaded “Taters,” salads, burgers and “Way Too Big” sandwiches. You will not leave this place hungry.


306 BBQ

Offering slow cooked, pit smoked barbecue in Muscle Shoals, 306 BBQ’s meat is of the highest quality, smoked daily with hickory wood. Low and slow is the way to go at this authentic Southern-style BBQ restaurant. Homemade sauces are available to enhance flavor, but not necessary. Either way, good luck not licking the plate clean when you’re done.

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Local Joe’s

A Rainbow City treasure, Local Joe’s is a family-owned country store that offers smoked pork, chicken and turkey, along with a tasty assortment of bakery items, like freshly baked strawberry bread, cinnamon rolls and sausage balls. All the comforts of a home-cooked meal will give new meaning to the term “fat and happy.”

Once you’ve had your fill of the greatest food group of all time, you’ll want to wash it down with an ice cold brew from one of these local establishments, which are all part of the North Alabama Craft Beer Trail:

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Back Forty Beer Company 

Located in downtown Gadsden, Back Forty sources local ingredients to brew their Truck Stop Honey Brown beer and Freckle Belly India Pale. Tour the microbrewery or take a load off as you belly up to the bar in the tap room.

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Goat Island Craft Brewing

The first craft brewery in Cullman since the 1800s, Goat Island Craft Brewing is owned by four friends – a rocket scientist, a geologist, an insurance agent and a cop – who made their love for homebrewing into their dream business. As their tag line says, “Life is too short to drink a baaad beer.”

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Yellowhammer Brewing

Opening in 2010 in West Huntsville, Yellowhammer Brewing grew quickly and has since expanded, doubling in size and creating space for a new Distillery, Biergarten and Event Center. With a nod to Belgian and German brewing traditions, Yellowhammer fuses its southern roots to create premium ales and lagers.

It’s hard to go wrong with any combination of Brews and Q’s in North Alabama, but this is a good starting point. Be sure to hit them all. You won’t be sorry. And neither will your tastebuds.

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