Straight To Ale

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Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2610 Clinton Ave.
Huntsville, Alabama, 35805
United States

(256) 801-9650 | map

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HopHeadBob395 from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Nice venue in Huntsville with a large selection of their beers and those of others. Great menu with loads of selection (The Sticky Thai Ribs were fantastic and my wife said her burger was one of the best she's had).

Nov 22, 2020
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dcscientist from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This place is hoppin', pun intended. Went on a Saturday evening with football on, and in these parts that draws a crowd. They've got a good number of beers on tap, and the space holds plenty of people. I'd like to see a little more space for tables and a little less for merchandise, but they have to sell stuff to stay in business, I get it. If they ever distribute outside of the immediate area, I'll be on the lookout.

Sep 04, 2019
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invertalon from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

While in town for work, this was my first brewery I visited on my free night.

Straight to Ale has a nice space, split between an outdoor patio and indoor taproom with the brewery itself dividing those areas. Selection was huge, with about every style you could think of. From barrel aged sours, goses and fruited beers to imperial stouts, NE IPA’s, ESB and Milds and a variety of Belgian ales.

I sampled a flight of 5 beers… A fruited oak aged sour, Pilsner, NE IPA, BA Imperial Stout and fruited Gose… That way I can prospect a wide variety of what this place produces and go from there.

Unfortunately, I think this brewery might be an example of “A jack of all trades is a master of none”. The oak aged fruited sour was just not very good. Oaky, no real fruit character coming through. The Pils was a decent example, no real issue with that one aside from maybe a slight under-attenuation. The NE IPA “Juicy Bunny” was nice, run-of-the-mill NE IPA. The BA Stout was a bit tart and thin, leading me to believe there is a contamination issue with that beer. The fruited blackberry Gose was OK, nothing worthwhile by any means.

I would have tried another one or two options, but the five I started with didn’t leave me wanting more. A very middle-of-the-road brewery in my opinion. For better beer, head next door to Yellow Hammer where I found the quality a step (or two) above this place.

Aug 30, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This brewery is in a old junior high/high school. The brewery takes up the original lobby, gymnasium and loading dock. So its hard to get a cool vibe from a place like this. The outdoor area on the loading dock is cool. The quality of the beer is decent and the food is very good. The service is fine. There is plenty to choose from off the food menu and the beer menu had 10 beers on tap. Food is very good....bacon wrapped pretzels is a must. There is also art classes, axe throwing, dancing lessons and another couple bars in the school as well.

Oct 27, 2018
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Pretty nice taproom, they converted a school into their brewery/taproom which was pretty rad I thought. The service was decent. The selection was pretty vast. It's a decent spot, wouldn't mind stopping back in the future.

Oct 09, 2016
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suzychesser from Alabama

4.86/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Visited this brewery while in town for a concert. Nice, cool place. Hung out in the tap room and sampled several beers. Cool bartenders. Will visit again.

Oct 11, 2015
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AgentMunky from New York

4.17/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

10 taps, plus bottles available for consumption on-site. Staff is friendly, funny, and knowledgeable.
Location is hard to find (it's sort of behind and to the right of the big gym). Don't miss the pinball room!

Jul 10, 2015
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zookerman182 from Alabama

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Fun place to go have a beer for the evening.
The bar area is small and so Is the brewery itself but what comes out of here is good.
Nice variety of their own creations on tap all the time.
Great location in south Huntsville.
They also hold some fun events on the property every week with food trucks and game night.

Aug 17, 2014
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MOVERTON1284 from Alabama

3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went on a Saturday for a tour. The tour was very informative and you got 4 or 5 tasting tickets. The tour was very informative, but it did seem to drag on for a while. You got to see the entire operation including canning line, barrel program, fermenters, cooler, etc. The taproom is tiny, so don't expect much there. They brew the best beers in Huntsville IMO.

Aug 06, 2014
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Jackofallbrews from Minnesota

3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Hidden behind a large gym, and located in an unassuming warehouse off the beaten path, we had a difficult time finding the place. A metal sign with their devilish logo hanging off the front of the building is all the notation they apparently want or need. There was no visible entrance at the front of the building, but not to be distracted from my goal, I walked around to the side. A small door with an even smaller Straight To Ale stencil on it (looking like an un-official worker's only entrance) yielded to my attacks and allowed us access to the tiny tasting room. A very small bar across from the entrance boasted a friendly server, a television and a glowing crimson brewery symbol. One other patron sat at the bar sipping at a drink and gazing at the television's blue glow. A large rocket hung from the ceiling, piloted by two stuffed monkeynauts. Posters and framed can artwork for the brewery were placed sporadically upon the walls. My personal favorite (also playing off Huntsville's NASA past) was the Wernher Von Brown Ale.

We tried all the beers, served to us in trippy hand-made rocket shaped wooden sampler trays. All of the beers were good to very good. I especially liked the Lilly Flagg Milk Stout and the Brother Joseph's Dubbel: fine examples of their styles. The lagers were a bit less perfect--perhaps fermentation temperature issues--but still drinkable. I spent a nice and relaxing hour here with my wife and her sister, talking and trying out these local beers. Not until heading out did I realize that they had a small arcade with old fashioned pinball machines in a room around the corner.

Oct 23, 2013
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docnose from Alabama

3.13/5  rDev -24.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

The STA taproom is a pretty sweet little place literally located in the garage part of the brewery building. The bar seats and high-top tables can accommodate some two-dozen, or so, people in the main tap-room, however they also will add tables, chairs, and even a stage into the open part of the brewery area for large events for many dozens of people. The taproom also has a small arcade including some pinball machines.

The quality and service somewhat compliment the atmosphere by having a feeling of just being a step or two above drinking beer in your brewing friend's garage.

... the selection is pretty straightforward... they have a full-selection of Straight to Ale beer, but that is all they have...!

Although the STA taproom itself does not serve food they will sometimes have mobile food vendors that will park at the open garage door - especially during larger events, or there are many places that deliver to that part of town.

Feb 11, 2013
Straight To Ale in Huntsville, AL
Brewery rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 2844 ratings