Avondale Brewing Co.


Type: Brewery, Bar

201 41st St S
Birmingham, Alabama, 35222-1932
United States

(205) 777-5456 | map

Taproom Hours:
Monday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday: 3:00pm - 12:30am
Saturday: 12:00pm - 12:30am
Sunday: 1:00pm - 10:00pm

Added by dnrobert24 on 07-04-2011

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 55
Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.96/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

V- Very young vibe, mostly 20s-30s. Might not be elders favorite hangout. Nice and young vibrant vibe though. I liked it personally.
Q- Great quality of people and beer. Along with a pizza joint right next deer. The bar itself was a bit small, but the sour room was awesome. They also had a nice outside area. It had a nice wooden and elegant vibe.
S- Kinda took the guy a long time.
Selection- One of my favorites in the area. Great beers.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Visited twice after supper while in Birmingham for the Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival with Bro, Bob, Don Allen and Tom. Really cool place with a broad range of beers. Way cool outside area for events, food, etc. We had SAW's Soul Food barbeque one night and Post Office Pies pizza the next. Saw their Barktoberfest event - dog costume contest - and enjoyed the beautiful outdoors. Please visit this place..it's very cool.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This is the brewery/bar that everyone seems to hang out at. We were at Avondale around 3:00 on a Saturday afternoon and there were 100 plus in the bar and another hundred out back with their dogs. The place is dog friendly and folks take advantage. Lots of happy people and plenty of great beers flowing. The interior is really cool, depicting its historic aspects. Good prices on flights as well as pints. Highly recommended.

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Photo of freethehopspc
5/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best brewery in Alabama. Great selection of beers to fit anyone's pallet. Awesome place to hang out or see one of the many 5 star concerts they have each year. A must stop if in Birmingham.

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Photo of ttroha
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Situated in a former industrial area of Birmingham, this brewery and taproom is a must visit. They have a large indoor bar and an even larger outdoor area that’s dog-friendly. The brewery has at least 15 beers on tap, ranging in style from saisons to dark porters. The beers are delicious and the staff is very friendly. They have multiple TVs to watch sports and they have to host bands and other events. If you ever find yourself in downtown Birmingham, give this place a try. You’ll have fun.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Stop #424 on my world brewery tour.

Visited around 4:30 on a Friday in Spring. Family en route to the Florida panhandle and overnight-ed it Birmingham.

Wonderful outdoor courtyard with tables and people and dogs and kids and a bar and a stage and some games for kids to mess with (corn hole and hula hoops). I had all the beers and they were all very well done. Surprised to see a triple as the main house beer. Very well done and too easy to drink. Only downside to visit was when I joked with the indoor bartender that he was too busy to pour a flight he agreed so I had to settle with pints of each beer.

Carried in good BBQ/soul food from a place two doors down.

Met lots of friendly people.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.88/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Great brewery in a hip location. They cannot serve food by law, but always have food trucks and there are several options on the block to eat. I would recommend Saws and PO Pies, both are top notch. Overall the brewery has a huge selection the the venue is very spacious now that they finished outside. I like some of their beers, but the majority seem bland to me. I would recommend Vanillaphant Porter and Ms. Fancy's Trippel, both are solid. You can find their beer in lots of restaurants, growler, and in package around town, but I would recommend going directly to the source first.

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Photo of jcavend1
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

It is a great place to go in Birmingham. Wonderful atmosphere. They have a small inside bar....all exposed brick and wood timbers. Nice rustic feel. Unfortunately no food but you can bring whatever you want and they often have food trucks. The outside has a back bar with 30+ taps...you can either sit there, or on the picnic tables. Very dog friendly!

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Photo of Kgriffin
1.55/5  rDev -62.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1

The brewery smells like mold or mildew is growing in the back and nobody has cleaned in weeks. The beer has no head because, and I quote from a bartender, "something is wrong with the lines". Yet they are still serving it. That tells me that none of its employees care about the product they're putting out. I only had 2 beers there and threw them back up because they were so skunky.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Place was packed on a long weekend. This appeared to be where the young crowd hung out... I was in Alabama and they we're drinking good beer. Enjoyed a inexpensive sampler and was offered other samples afterward. I really liked this place, didn't try any food. Building had nice character, service was superb. Maybe this is what they actually meant when they said the South shall rise again, for this place is a good thing and highly recommended to the beer tourist.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Located in a historic building in the city/suburb of Avondale, the brewery opened in 2011 and has been putting out fairly traditional style beers since. They have taken Miss Fancy as their mascot (a local elephant from the Birmingham Zoo in the 1920's that is famous for drinking confiscated hooch during prohibition). All of the beers are named after local history and the brewery takes pride in its neighborhood connections. The Brothel Brown, for instance, was named after the illicit house of ill repute that was once upstairs in the brewery building! The brewery itself is quite small, and much of the fermentation is actually done in open fermenters--something I have seldom seen in America much less the Southern states!

A small and dark bar (manned by Brock when we were visiting) serves up 12 or more different house brews and I got to try them all. These ranged in style from the amazingly balanced Vanillaphant Porter, to a solid IPA. The only one of these that I didn't love was the strawberry saison--just not enough fruit to make it work. Otherwise all of the beers were very drinkable and clean.

The brewery has a second outside bar and taps (not manned at 4 PM on a weekday) as well as a large stage where they host outdoor live music. Elephant art graces the walls inside and out. If you have a chance to stop into this place you will not be disappointed. Trunks Up!

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Photo of BirdmanJohn
3.16/5  rDev -24.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.25

So this is a great place to go if you love being in a crowd. Nice (small but nice) bar inside. They have a huge outdoor area that is equipped with a ton of table sets, a long out door bar, a stage for bands to perform and enough green space to throw around a Frisbee. I was there about 1:00 pm On a Saturday afternoon. The crowd was a mix of ages 21-60 most of which fell in the early 30s demo. I would definitely go back if I were in Birmingham.

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Photo of Volsdawg10
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Avondale is a really nice brewery. Definitely glad we stopped by. I got the sampler of their flagship beers and then a pint of the Brothel Brown . My wife got a pint of the Strawberry Kolsch. The service was great and the bartenders were very friendly and knowledgeable. They allowed us to have small samples of the other beers that we hadn't tried including mixing some beers together that the bartenders had experimented with in their down time. One example was the "Braveheart" which was a combination of the Battlefield IPA and Long Branch Scottish Ale. Outside behind the main building they have an outside taproom and then a really nice stage. We were there in the early afternoon but I would imagine it would be a great place to listen to some live music. We would definitely go back.

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Avondale Brewing Co. in Birmingham, AL
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