200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

The Alabama Brewers Guild, in cooperation with the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, has enlisted breweries from across the state to collaborate in concocting a series of beers, each honoring one of the state's five historic capitals. These will be released to the public, one by one, from now until 2019.

The first beer of the State Capital Series, St. Stephens Stout, was released in 2015 and pays homage to Alabama’s pre-statehood territorial capital.

The following year Guild members honored the first state capital at Huntsville with the second beer in the series, Badlun Brothers Imperial Porter. The beer was dedicated to James and William Badlun, the brothers behind the state’s first brewery, which will celebrate its bicentennial alongside the state in 2019.

This year’s bicentennial brew comes out of Birmingham's Cahaba Brewing Company and represents Alabama’s first permanent capital at Cahaba. Taking inspiration from the mulberry trees that lined Cahaba's streets, the third installment in the State Capital Series is "Mulberry Road.” This beer in particular will offer an added historical element; a portion of the proceeds from its sale will go to preserving Old Cahawba Archaeological Park.

Next year’s selected beer will honor Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s third capital, and the final brew released in 2019 will celebrate Montgomery, the current capital.

Find a local vendor and try one of the bicentennial beers today. 

Read about a sampling of the current brews