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From: guy@mspe5.b11.ingr.com (Guy D. McConnell)
Subject: The Birmingham Brewery
Date: 1992-06-29 14:51:31 GMT

The following AP article appeared in Sunday's Huntsville Times:

Birmingham Brewery has sellout debut

Until last weekend, beer brewed in Birmingham went down the drain. But
Red Mountain Red Ale had a better fate.

Birmingham Brewing Co. offered the beer for the first time at the City
Stages music festival, which began last Friday night in Birmingham. By 9 p.m.
Saturday, the brewery had sold the last of its intitial production of 1,147
gallons.

"It was a big deal for us, a big deal for Alabama," said John Zanteson,
head brewer. "We worked until 3 a.m. Friday morining filling kegs."

The brewery is the first in Birmingham since 1907, when politicians banned
alcohol and forced the original Birmingham Brewing Co. to pour 300 barrels of
beer into the street.

The brewery is one of a growing number of microbreweries that each produce
a few thousand gallons a year. Today, there are more than 200, many in
California and the Pacific Northwest, Zanteson said.

Officials at the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board said Birmingham
Brewing Co. is the first microbrewery in the state, although there has been
talk of starting one in Mobile.

Zanteson worked for a microbrewery in California (Hopland, ed.) before
joining the Birmingham firm. It began building its brewery in February and
has been installing equipment to brew the ale and a lager. The lager takes
longer to go through the fermentation, Zanteson said.

The company is owned by Lee Nicholson, the brewmaster, and Ben Hogan, a
Birmingham attorney.

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Guy McConnell
guy@mspe5.b11.ingr.com

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