Trimtab Brewing Company

Trimtab Brewing CompanyTrimtab Brewing Company
Trimtab Brewing CompanyTrimtab Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar

2721 5th Ave S
Birmingham, Alabama, 35233-3401
United States

(205) 703-0536 | map
trimtabbrewing.com

Notes: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday: 1:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm - 10:00pm
BEER STATS
Average:
4.03
Beers:
86
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
787
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.32
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
40
pDev:
8.8%
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

I definitely need to follow up with this review once all this COVID-19 begins to clear up and I can revisit on a "normal" day. I have followed and supported TrimTab for years now, and somehow only just now managed to visit the brewery itself. Currently only operating via To-Go and On-Patio consumption. I grabbed a 4-pack and a pint and got the friendly service and quality beer that I hoped and expected to get. A small but comfortable space with great vibes and a combination of both friendly staff and friendly patrons. I've said it once and I'll back it up again and again; this is the best brewery in Alabama right now.

May 20, 2020
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slander from New York

4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Crippled by Q at Saw’s and still in Birmingham, we opt for one more brewery here and to forego Tuscaloosa in its entirety. “You add a place, you have to lose a place off the back end”, says the driver, I, looking down the hood at 6+ hours back to New Orleans if we don’t stop somewhere (As. If.) but you know we will. Navigated here during a work call without killing us all, so that’s something. Large roadside standalone not near where we were at the time, the brewery is up front so you enter down the alley to the rear there…

Spacious wrap around tap room with a heavily varnished wet looking wide plank topped ‘L’ shaped bar on the inside wall, vertical plank base, & foot beams; seating for a baker’s doz on them black aluminum slat back chairs, the center left open for service, perhaps. Cylinder upright ‘T’ tower on the bar with 8 non-descript handles set 4 & 4 and a handpump sad and unused on the end of the bar. Barback is a large plank wood piece with cupboards below the counter top; glassware stacked there & shelved above. Growls in 2 sizes atop with a signboard listing tap selections (beer, ABV, IBU, & SRM), bottles, and other sellables (snacks, Kombucha, flavored water). Can cooler on the end for keeping the cans, you know, all chill and whatnot.

White cinder block walls, concrete floors with large patterned rugs, & corrugated ceiling. Cylinder 3 bulb lamps tracing the bar and strung white lighting throughout. Big ductwork, a spinny fan, a center disco ball, and clustered model airplanes a-dangling. A pair of tall window trios on the back wall overlooking some grassy space, and bar counter play below them with like a half dozen stools each. A large pull down screen for projection TV action sits between them. Cushy couch things here & there, a pair of roundy tables with mix & match chairs, and a pew seating bench on 2 seat tables on the far wall. Slight step up DJ/performance corner fronting the 3 line Louis Nizer ‘He who works with his hands’ quote (wanting it to be something St. Francis of Assisi said does not make it so) done in large calligraphy script on the back wall there. A board game rack over there (me, pointing), potted plants riddled about, and swag racks in the far area near the doors to their outside space & internal brewery entrance. Did I mention local art is happening? ‘cause it is. Lots of it, bright and colorful and for sale.

8 beers on tap (TrimTab IPA, 6.3%, clear & bright, citrus, melon, a very nice IPA; Euphoria Now, Passionfruit & Guava Berliner, 5%, good guava, hazy, viscus; Pillar to Post Rye Brown, 5.5%, medium bodied, nice spiciness; Mosaic Singularity, Hazy IPA, 6.2%, tropical fruit, juicy, lightly bitter; 205 Southern Pale Ale, 5.5%, Citra, orange, mango, just a very good Pale Ale; Cranberry Spice Berliner, 5%, spices, a touch of cinnamon maybe; Salted Fudge Milk Stout, 7.5, very rich, licoricey too; Cherry Apricot Vanilla Berliner, 5%, you get the cherry up front and then vanilla happens, eh). Euphoria Now, Pillar to Post Rye Brown, 205 Pale Ale, & Salted Fudge Milk Stout were the best of ‘em. Sampler gives you 4 beers, I may have doubled down.

Out back of the tap room (and then overflowing back into the brewery), nearly a dozen and a half tables; picnics, squares & 2 seatahs, some of them umbrella’d up. The space is planter box bordered under these triangular awning pieces, with a small fire pit in the corner.

Great tunes. Yo La Tengo, lots of Radiohead, Slowdive, LCD Soundsystem, Blur, lots of ethereal play. And just after we settle up, Buckley’s ‘Lover, you should have come over’ comes on and I shift to slow–mo, stalling our departure (Ah, love, I’m waiting for you…) Good beer, cool vibe. Glad we stopped in before we got out of town. Create a world you love!

Mar 24, 2020
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phishgator from Florida

4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Nice big space, very clean, and friendly staff. They had a food vendor outside when we showed up around 5:30 PM. The taproom has is spacious and ample seating all around with all kind of couches, high tops, and bar seats. the beers didn't blow me away, but none were bad. They seemed to can a lot of what they offered and sell those. Quite a few patrons came in to just buy a 4 or 6 pack and leave. It was once again another big industrial building that had been refurbished.

Oct 23, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

The vibe of trim tab is interesting.....they have done a nice job setting up a tap room in a warehouse type place with plenty of patio seating to make this a cool stop for after work socials. The quality of the beer is above average. The service is fine....but more in process mode than friendly/helpful mode. The selection, imo, has always been limited here. 4-5 beers on tap in which two are fruity/sour and two are ipas....one brown......just saying. In all it's a solid place and worth at least a stop and pint.

Aug 24, 2018
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Zonian1 from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

When I visited in May 2018, Trimtab was the highest ranked brewery in Bham according to BA. I think this is based on the popularity of their up and coming gose and Berliner wiesse styles. Huge pallets along the wall as I came in held fresh cans available for sale. I grabbed one of the last of the Margarita Gose which had just dropped that day (which turned out to be quite good.) The tap list was fairly limited, focused on flavored wiesses and just one IPA. They had a can service which gave a lot more options, but I stuck with the draft. If I had it to do over again I'd get the can service.

The vibe definitely trends toward hipster, and Trimtab is clearly chasing the current trends (NE IPAs and smoothie sours.) Overall, worth a stop in you're traveling through Bham.

May 26, 2018
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Extremely relaxed brewery. Great service with very good beer. The selection was very good. The brewery itself is an oasis of relaxation. I always enjoy my time there.

Jan 21, 2018
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BigCapsBham from Alabama

5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Trimtab is by far my favorite brewery in town. They have a lot more variety than any other place in town and some of my all time favorite beers are Trimtab beers.

Aug 03, 2017
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donspublic from Texas

4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Stopped here late one night before closing, the last brewery for the day. Taproom is located in the back side of the brewery, seating in the brewery, taproom or patio. Solid beer, great Raspberry BW. Hard to get a feel on the vibe because the place was clearing out when I got there. If I ever make it back will have to give them another try

Jul 11, 2017
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Rob121 from Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is a really cool place with a great vibe, close to great food and really nice for pre-dinner drinks and meet/ups. Doubles as a local art gallery, staff are knowledgeable and helpful and the beers are tasty. One of my fav spots in bham.

Apr 05, 2017
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mschantz from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Stopped on a Monday night to check out this relatively new brewery in Bham. This cool open industrial space is tucked down an alley east of downtown and just a few blocks from standout Bottleshop Hop City. Crowd trends young and hip but is welcoming to this decidedly middle aged BA. 7 beers on tab including one each on nitro and cask. Styles trend towards modern takes on classic British styles. Stand outs for me were the Cask Xmas Ale and the Pillar to Post Brown. Definitely a solid addition to the emerging Bhan beer scene and worth a stop.

Jan 27, 2015
Trimtab Brewing Company in Birmingham, AL
Brewery rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 787 ratings