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Beer Dinners, Pint Nights, Games and more!

Published on January 13th, 2014. Written by rich.

Hi, guys. Rich here. Looks like 2014 is shaping up to be just as crazy as 2013 if not more so. This month alone, we have 6 beer dinners scheduled! That has to be some sort of record for us. Here is what we have going on this month:

* Although it was last week, major props go out to Chef Bill Harden, Ronnie Moore and the fine folks at Back Alley Bistro for putting out an awesome spread for our beer dinner there! (Pics)

* Tuesday, Jan. 14 will be the inaugural Game Night at the STA taproom! (Info)

* Friday, Jan. 17, we will be helping Kowaliga Restaurant in Alexander City, AL, put on their very first beer dinner! (Menu and Info)

* Saturday, Jan. 18 – Folk Mission concert with Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

* Wednesday, Jan. 22 – Pint Night at Drake’s Huntsville, featuring glassware and schwag giveaways, and Monkeynaut cornhole (weather permitting)!

* Monday, Jan. 27 – Beer Dinner at Sal & Mookie’s in Jackson, MS!

* Tuesday, Jan. 28 – Beer Dinner at Martin’s at Midtown in Vicksburg, MS!

* Wednesday, Jan. 29 – Beer Dinner at Slice in Birmingham! (Menu/Info)

* Thursday, Jan. 30 – Beer Dinner at 1892 East in Huntsville!

And be sure to check out our Facebook page for info on local music at the taproom and food truck visits!

Going Back to Mississippi! Wrote a song about it. Wanna here it? Here it go …

Published on December 2nd, 2013. Written by rich.

Hey, guys! Rich here. Coming off a very busy November to let you know that we are rolling out in central Mississippi this week! And we will be kicking the festivities off with a return to one of our favorite Northern MS bars, Blue Canoe in Tupelo! So, as of this writing, here is the schedule:

Wednesday night, Dec. 4 – Blue Canoe, Tupelo, MS … 6:30 PM

Thursday night, Dec. 5 – The Bulldog, Jackson MS … 7 PM

Friday night, Dec. 6 – Fondren Public, Jackson, MS … 7 PM

Saturday night, Dec. 7 – Keg & Barrel and The Mahogany Bar, Hattiesburg, MS

So, I am trying to get more info at the moment on what beers we’ll be serving, and I will post them here ASAP! Hope to see some of our MS peeps out and about this week!

Huntsville Beer Week 2013 is upon us!

Published on October 18th, 2013. Written by rich.

So, Happy Beer Eve and stuff!

I mentioned a few of these events in my last post, but we’ve changed our schedule since. Here’s the latest version!

The full week’s schedule is at www.huntsvillebeerweek.com, but here are some of the major events we are doing:

Saturday, Oct. 19: Russel Hill Cancer Foundation “Music Has A Meaning” concert featuring Billy Zoom at brewery

Sunday, Oct. 20: Several of our beers will be poured at the Beer Styles 101 Class at Wish You Were Beer in Madison.

Tuesday, Oct. 22: New beer Tuesday at Below The Radar featuring the tapping of STA’s Bourbon barrel-aged Laika RIS and our 2012 Unobtanium (someone’s been hoarding …)

Wednesday, Oct. 23: Tap Takeover at Drake’s Huntsville

Wednesday, Oct. 23: Tap Takeover at Pie In The Sky in Madison, AL

Thursday, Oct. 24: Tap Takeover at Mellow Mushroom Huntsville South

Friday, Oct. 25: Tap takeover and tasting at Wish You Were Beer

Saturday, Oct. 26: Walker Street Opry live at the brewery

And that’s not even mentioning all of the bars/restaurants featuring all local beer this week. So, like us on Facebook to keep up!

And be on the lookout for Olde Towne Pumpkin on draft as well as bombers of Bourbon Laika. And starting next week, Cabernet-aged Laika!

Septembeast and OktoberFest-N-Furious

Published on September 18th, 2013. Written by rich.

Hiya, kids. Another long-delayed update from the world of Straight To Ale … and we are in the midst of absolute craziness on all fronts. Firstly … EXPANSION! You may have read on teh interwebs that we have added four new fermenters, which are in the process of being installed and plumbed and such. So, we’ve got that going for us … which is nice. And, well, it’s the busiest season for craft beer. Everyone, including your grandmother, is hosting an Okktoberfest this year. Which is awesome! So, we do have tons of events going on at the brewery and all over the rest of our distribution area. Here are some of the highlights:

Friday, Sept. 20: Tipping Point Oktoberfest, Montgomery, AL

Saturday, Sept. 21: Huntsville Young Professionals’ “What Are Hops and Why Are We Freeing Them?” Event at Brewery

Saturday, Sept. 21: 14th Annual Moon Over Three Caves Dance, Huntsville, AL

Monday, Sept. 23: Huntsville Bar Stars Event at the Westin Hotel, Huntsville, AL

Thursday, Sept. 26: STA Tasting at Piggly Wiggly in Homewood

Friday, Sept. 27: Alabama Brewery Tap Takeover at Hop City in Birmingham, AL

Friday, Sept. 27: IEEE-NASA Private Event at Brewery

Saturday, Sept. 28: Oktoberfest at The Hotel at Auburn University in Auburn, AL

Saturday, Sept. 28: Destin Beer Festival in Destin, FL

Saturday, Sept. 28: Folk Mission at the Brewery – Glenn Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket

Saturday, Oct. 5 – Saturday, Oct. 12: Cullman Oktoberfest featuring the Alabama Craft Beer Biergarten

Saturday, Oct. 5: Straight To Ale Oktoberfest Party at the Brewery

Thursday, Oct. 10: Pro Bono Brews (Madison Co. Volunteer Lawyers Fundraiser) at AM Booth’s Lumberyard in Huntsville, AL

Friday, Oct. 11: Folk Mission at the Brewery – David Wilcox

Friday, Oct. 11-Saturday, Oct. 12: Tuscaloosa Oktoberfest

Tuesday, Oct. 15: Hospitality Industry Reception at Am Booth’s Lumberyard in Huntsville, AL

Thursday, Oct. 17: Brother Joseph Documentary Premier at St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, AL

Friday, Oct. 18: Huntsville Beer Week Begins

Saturday, Oct. 19: Russel Hill Cancer Foundation “Music Has A Meaning” concert featuring Billy Zoom at brewery

Wednesday, Oct. 23: Beer Week Event at Drake’s Huntsville

Wednesday, Oct. 23: Beer Week Event at Pie In The Sky in Madison, AL

Thursday, Oct. 24: Tap Takeover at Mellow Mushroom Huntsville South

Saturday, Oct. 26: Pumpkinfest in Franklin, TN

Saturday, Oct. 26: Walker Street Opry live at the brewery

And, well … more events are cropping up every day. So, keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details!

 

 

 

Brewery food goodness, a KICKASS beer dinner, a GIANT tap takeover and a BEERFEST!

Published on July 19th, 2013. Written by rich.

Hey, guys! Rich here, with some upcoming event news to tantalize your tastebuds!

This weekend, we have two great food vendors visiting the brewery. Tonight, Friday, July 19, we have Earth and Stone Wood Fired Pizza on site with some amazing Italian foodstuffs along with live entertainment by Divide By Zero. Tomorrow night, Saturday, July 20, we have the return of On-On Tacos, so come get your grub on with us this weekend and enjoy some great food with our tasty brews!

Next week, we have what looks to be an absolutely amazing beer dinner planned at Todd English P.U.B. in Birmingham on Wednesday, July 24. It is a five course meal paired with our beers. The menu and more info can be found here. The price is $45 per person, and you can make reservations at (205) 307-3700. Call soon, because this one is going to sell out fast!

The following evening, Thursday, July 25, we will be hosting a gigantic tap takeover at Slice in Birmingham! I don’t have all the details yet as to how many beers we will have or which ones, but watch our Facebook page for more info … which I will be posting soon.

We will finish off the week at the brewery with another visit from Earth and Stone Wood Fired Pizza on Friday and the Food Fighters Bustaurant on Saturday.

But, wait! There’s MORE! Saturday, July 27, STA will be pouring beer at the Music City Brew Festival in Nashville, TN! There will be TWO sessions: Session A from 12 PM until 4 PM and Session B from 6 PM until 10 PM. Session B is already sold out, but tickets remain for the earlier session.

Hope to see you guys out and about or at the brewery soon!

An awesome beer dinner and a pint night!

Published on July 15th, 2013. Written by rich.

Hey, guys. Rich here with info on some upcoming events this week.

Wednesday night, July 17, we will be doing our second beer dinner with Huntsville’s Anaheim Chili in Jones Valley! The menu will include the following:

First Course – Shrimp Rumaki paired with Sand Island Light House
Second Course – Achiote Pork paired with He Ain’t Heffe
Third Course – Beef Goulash paired with Brother Joseph’s Belgian Dubbel
Fourth Course – Pound Cake paired with Lily Flagg Milk Stout

The cost will be $35 per person. Call 256-489-5531 to reserve seats. More info available at Anaheim Chili’s Facebook page.

Thursday night, July 18, we will be helping host an STA Pint Night at Pie In The Sky Fresh Pizzeria and Pub in Madison, where we are brewery of the month! There will be at least four STA beers on tap, and the first 48 folks to order a pint of STA can take the glass home!

Come join us for some fine food and fine beers!

RCBF V and American Craft Beer Week Events

Published on May 7th, 2013. Written by rich.

Good morning, beer lovers! We have a lot going on, as usual … hence the delay in posting news and updates. Ironic, isn’t it? The next two weeks or so are going to be a little crazy, so here’s a handy guide for keeping up with STA!

This week, we will be saying goodbye to two of our wonderful bartenders at the taproom, Damon and Fico. Tuesday, May 7, will be Damon’s last day as he is leaving to complete the final touches on his new entrepreneurial venture, a craft-only beer store in Madison called Wish You Were Beer! Fico will also be moving on, with his last day being Thursday, May 9. He won’t tell us why … he just mutters something about “that damned gypsy woman’s prophecy” and “why do I have to be the Chosen One?” and stalks off in disgust. So come out and wish them luck and tip big! I am sure you will miss these guys as much as we will, so let them know.

Wednesday, May 8, we will be hosting local musicians Three Kings, an acoustic act made up of members of The Whiskey River Kings, so come check them out.

Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, are going to be BIG for us as Rocket City Brewfest will blast off at the Huntsville Depot for the fifth time. Tickets and info are available at www.rocketcitybrewfest.com and facebook.com/rocketcitybrewfest, so get on over and snag some passes to come enjoy STA and other great local beers this weekend!

Sunday, the taproom will be closed so that our staff and friends can enjoy Mother’s Day with their favorite mothers and such.

American Craft Beer Week starts Monday, May 13, and runs through Sunday, May 19, so we have planned a variety of events in Huntsville and other major cities to help celebrate!

Monday, May 13, we will be doing a special release at The Nook in Huntsville of our new Belgian Witbier, What’s Wrong Wit. We’ll be there alongside fellow Huntsville brewers Old Black Bear, who will be releasing something special as well. The party starts at 5 PM!

Tuesday, May 14, we will be featured at our first Commerce Kitchen beer dinner! Here’s a look at the menu, which sounds absolutely delicious. Call Commerce Kitchen at 256-382-6622 ASAP to make a reservation as these things sell out quickly!

Wednesday, May 15, we have events in Birmingham and Montgomery: The Thunda’ From Up Yunda’ Night (Huntsville Breweries Tap Takeover) from 5 Pm until 10 PM at J. Clyde in Birmingham; and a tap takeover at Leroy Lounge in Montgomery from 6 PM until 10 PM.

Thursday night, May 16, we have a Hop Head event at Mellow Mushroom in The Village of Providence in Huntsville, which will feature a special dry-hopped Monkeynaut pin as well as Monkeynaut and Gorillanaut on tap from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM!

Friday night, May 17, we will be hosting Amy McCarley and the Kenny Vaughan Trio at the brewery for some fine tunage at 8 PM.

Saturday, May 18, we will be featured at the River Bend Brewfest from 2 PM until 5 PM in Montgomery, AL, and will also be hosting Mandolin Orange at the taproom at 8 PM.

Sunday, May 19, we will be featured at a Summer Beer Event at Mellow Mushroom Huntsville South, with a lineup including He Ain’t Heffe, Stop Work 689 Kolsch and our Saison du Roquette “Randall-ized” with some tasty goodness!

And that’s it for American Craft Beer Week, but we will be finishing off the month with a few more awesome events:

Wednesday, May 22, we will be featured at a beer dinner with our friend Chef Leo Maurelli at Central in Montgomery! Call 334.517.1155 for reservations while seats last!

Tuesday, May 28, we will be doing a tap takeover at The Tipping Point in Montgomery!

And, finishing off one of the busiest months EVER, we will be at the Magic City Brewfest in Birmingham on May 31-June 1!

So, whew. Mark your calendars, guys, and come out and support STA and local beer this month! We look forward to seeing you out and about!

Nashville Craft Beer Week and Beyond! More STA Events for March!

Published on March 18th, 2013. Written by rich.

Fans of STA in Tennessee, it’s time for Nashville Craft Beer Week! We will be at a variety of events beginning tomorrow and culminating in the East Nashville Beer Festival on Saturday! Here’s our schedule:

Tuesday, March 19
3 PM – 5:30 PM: High gravity tasting at Craft Brewed Nashville
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM: STA Beer Dinner at Cafe Fundamental
Wednesday, March 20
6 PM – 9 PM: STA Beer Dinner at Fido
Thursday, March 21
5 PM – 6:30 PM: STA tasting at Woodland Wine Merchant
Friday, March 22
3 PM – 5 PM: STA tasting at Red Dog Wine and Spirits
Saturday, March 23
Noon – 5 PM – East Nashville Beer Festival
1:30 PM – Meet the STA Team at the Beer Education tent at East Nashville Beer Fest

So, come out and join us for some of these events and check out the rest of what Nashville Craft Beer Week has to offer!

Friday night, March 22, we also have a tasting at The Wine Seller in Florence, AL, so if you are in that area, look us up! The event starts at 5 PM.

The following week, we have some exciting events in our hometown of Huntsville, beginning with a Tap Takeover at Barrel House downtown at 6 PM Tuesday night, March 26!

The next night, we have a Pint Night and Six Tap Takeover at Drake’s Huntsville beginning at 6 PM. The first 48 folks to buy an STA pint that night are going home with a logo glass!

Thursday night, March 28, we have a tasting of our packaged beers at Star Market on Bailey Cove from 5 PM to 7 PM.

And finally, we’ll be ending the month with a huge BANG as we’ll host the very first Right To Brewfest at Straight To Ale starting at 2 PM! We’ve invited a ton of local homebrewers to come and brew their beers legally at STA so that people can see (and taste) firsthand why the state’s prohibition on home brewing beer should end!

So, cheers, folks! Hope to see you at one or more of our upcoming events this month!

 

 

Today is the day! Come celebrate St. Pat’s with Straight To Ale!

Published on March 16th, 2013. Written by rich.

Follow us to the brewery after the 36th Annual Huntsville St. Patrick’s Day Parade for a full day of Irish fun! We’ll have Irish music all day, featuring local bands Black Market Haggis (2 till 4), Slipjig (5 till 7), and Bourbon And Shamrocks (8 till 10). Irish food (Food Fighters Bustaurant and Anaheim Chili) and Irish dancers as well. And of course the release of our traditional Irish Red Ale – Rocket City Red!

STA hits Mobile, AL, this week!

Published on March 4th, 2013. Written by rich.

Alright, Mobile folks (Mobilians? Mobilites? Mobiliati?) … this is it. Straight To Ale is hitting town THIS WEEK with events at local fine craft beer destinations (almost) Every … Single … Day! And sometimes twice per day! Join Dan, Steven and Rich (or at least one of them) for some awesome beers and halfway intelligent conversation (mostly) at any or all of the following locations:

Tuesday March 5:
LoDa BierGarten – Pint Night w/ Firkin
Alchemy Tavern – Tap Takeover w/ Firkin
Wednesday March 6:
The Bar – Pint Night
Thursday March 7:
Mellow Mushroom Malbis – Pint Night
Friday March 8:
Cottage Hill Package Store Beer & Cheese Pairing
Haberdasher – Pint Night w/ Firkin
Saturday March 9:
Draft Picks – Pint Night