The Craft Beer Trail
Photos by Amanda Caves and Downtown Huntsville, Inc.
What is the Trail?
With 12 craft breweries (and growing), the Huntsville, Alabama area is one of the Craft Beer Capitals of the South. For craft beer fans, Downtown Huntsville is the epicenter of this exciting movement with 7 craft breweries and 4 craft beer stores located in Downtown and others within just a few miles of the city center. Downtown Huntsville, Inc, working closely with the Huntsville CVB, developed and implemented a strategy to connect the Downtown breweries and stores via the Downtown Huntsville Craft Beer Trail.
How does the Trail work?
To get started on the Downtown Craft Beer Trail, simply pick up a free "Trail Card" from any of the “Trail Stops” or the Visitors Center. You then visit either all 7 craft breweries or all 4 craft beer stores (the “Trail Stops”) and receive a stamp on your Trail Card at each location. Once you have received all the stamps, you are awarded a free Trail Boss bottle opener! The stops do not have to be completed all at once, you are welcome to explore each one over a single weekend or any other time frame that fits your schedule. Every Trail Stop location has Trail Cards available and has a stock of Trail Boss bottle openers, so you can start and finish at any location. We love to see people experiencing the Trail, so share your pictures and journey using Facebook and the hashtag #craftbeertrail
Who is it for?
This is a great experience for any adult! Craft Beer is obviously one of the main focuses of the Trail however, most Trail Stops also offer food, entertainment, games or even alternative craft beverages like locally-distilled spirits. This is a great way to explore Huntsville and experience our artisans and craft beer makers...
At many of the Trail Stops, you can also find unique Huntsville features like quirky murals, eye-catching sculptures, and interesting architecture. Highlights include:
Campus No. 805: a former middle school, the campus now hosts 2 craft breweries, three bars that feature craft beer, three restaurants, a public performance lawn (great for kids and pet-friendly) and other quirky destinations like a pinball arcade and axe-throwing lanes.
The Downtown Core: Home to 4 of the Trail Stops, the historic downtown area is a relaxing and interesting place to walk, jog (we love our regular Craft Beer Pub Runs!) or bike among the different Trail Stops. This includes the new Downtown Huntsville BlueBikes—a Pace-operated bikeshare with 12 stops and nearly 100 bikes in the Downtown area. Plus, on Thursdays through Sundays (Noon to 11pm) the Downtown Huntsville Entertainment District’s open container rules allow you to stroll around downtown and explore unique features like the Secret Art Trail, Painted Pianos, Clinton Row ColorWalk and beautiful Big Spring Park with your favorite craft beverage in hand.
The Craft Beer Trail is a great way to experience the unique and eclectic lifestyle that makes Downtown Huntsville such an interesting destination. Come enjoy this unique experience with friends, colleagues or even on your own throughout the year in the Rocket City Center!
Trail Stops along the Craft Beer Trail include:
Learn more about the Trail by visiting the Downtown Huntsville Craft Beer Trail Facebook Page . The Craft Beer Trail is presented by Curse.