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$$ - reasonable
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2924 3rd Ave S
phone: (205) 279-2337
(Place added by: sepharious on 09-28-2012)
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| Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Very nice industrial styled store front. Inside of store is clean and orderly. Staff is pleasant and helpful. I had my young daugher with me, so I didn't have the time or ability to ask questions or browse for any significant amount of time. Selection is excellent. As mentioned in other reviews, it is organized by style. I think they have everything that is available in Alabama. I had not seen Clown Shoes, Jester King or Ballast Point in Alabama prior to this visit, so that was exciting. Large number of taps along back wall and lots of people hanging out and sampling different brews.
This is a world class place and I plan to visit whenever we are in Birmingham.
11-18-2012 02:44:52 |
More by TrappistJohnMD
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Beer heaven in a strange part of town. Make sure you swing by Blue Moon BBQ for a bite, then head down Fourth Ave, go under the bridge and come back on the one way Third Ave to the huge warehouse.
It's like a candy store for beer enthusiasts. Walk to the back to Growler Town and sample a few of their 4 ounce pours for $1.50-$2.00 while you're checking out the beers. Grab a six pack container or two and roam from section to section exploring the exceptional beers you can't find back home.
Some people have complained that the beers are separated from breweries to individual styles, but that makes it easier to shop. If you can't find what you're looking for, the very knowledgeable personnel will either locate it or tell you it's not available.
We dropped by at 1:00PM on a Wednesday and there were at least 12 people enjoying pours from Growler Town. It bet it's nuts on the weekend.
A memorable visit to this beer mecca. Wish I lived closer and could sample more local brews like Beer Engineers Peanutbutter Porter.
Well done, Hop City!
09-24-2013 17:00:12 |
More by brewskifan55
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $
It was my first time visiting Hopcity and I arrived a little bit after opening time. It has a really cool industrial feel to it. Every beer is organized by style which makes it pretty easy to find what you want. The isles aren't cluttered and definitely enough room for a few folks to look around. The staff was very helpful and not pushy at all. I didn't get a growler but I saw the man behind the counter wash out customer's growlers before refilling them. But, I like how you can have a small taster or a full glass of whatever is on tap in growlertown.
06-13-2013 12:52:39 |
More by cvm4
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
This place truly is what Alabama has needed. Great growler station selection, bottom fill pours and glass growlers which is awesome. Best beer selection on the state and also organized so that even a beginner craft drinker can understand what their looking at and for. If you want great brews and if you have any questions about brews this is the place you must go to. They teach a home brew class which is awesome.
04-12-2013 02:30:52 |
More by STKPICR0720
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
As far as beer to go for selection+knowledge in the state, this place is top of the list. As you would guess, this place is setup in the same fashion as the HC in ATL is in that beers are sorted by style and not brewery. I kind of find that refreshing but it might not be everyone's cup of tea. They pretty much have every craft beer allowed in the state.
As the other two reviewers noted, they have ~60 taps, with around 15-20 taps for the state breweries. In AL, we have a great sense of pride in the word "local", so those brews tend to move quicker. Especially the special releases (BA beers, seasonal, one-offs). They had KBS on tap last Saturday and I think it lasted all of two hours, maybe less. They offer 1-liter (swing top) and half-gallon growlers. The growlers are bottom-filled, so they should last in the fridge for a while. Additionally, they offer 1.5 oz tasters (for around $1.50 a piece) and pints of everything on tap. Any growler from another establishment is exchangeable there so long as it has the government warning on the growler. I must say the design on their growlers are pretty nifty.
They also have a respectable wine selection and any wine enthusiast would easily be able to find something for their taste. No liquor is sold here.
My only "complaint", if would you even call it a complaint, would be the staff knowledge of some of some of the beers, specifically the state breweries. I found it lacking on a couple of beers. I ***know*** this will change in short time and I should cut them slack as I know a lot of the members of the brewing community in the state from being involved with Free the Hops, so I might get knowledge of beers before it is passed to HC on occasion.
If you are driving through or stopping by Birmingham, this is definitely your one stop shop for beer to go. Along with the local breweries and J Clyde, this place cannot be missed.
10-12-2012 20:06:57 |
More by DeaconBluez
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Hop City really is the place to go in Birmingham. It has a changing selection of 50 craft beers on tap with a dedicated selection of local beers too.
The area is small for seating/drinking, but that's about my only complaint. Friendly and knowledgeable service, quality is great, and the prices aren't too bad.
05-30-2013 21:18:26 |
More by Jablonski
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is a great store!!! I actually like it better than the Hop City in Atlanta. There is a vast selection of both foreign and domestic beer grouped by style. For the most part the dates are fresh (not many shelf turds to be observed.) The staff is young, knowledgeable, enthusiast and polite. It is a nice upscale store that also carries wine, home brewing supplies, and has a big bar, patio, and growler fill station. Highly recommended!!
10-18-2013 21:33:07 |
More by Mojo
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Went in on the Friday after Thanksgiving for the first time. Nice crowd looking around. Went to the back to the beer bar which has 60 taps with probably all the Alabama brews which is about 20 taps. The guys behind the tap were familiar with each beer and gave solid sounding answers to questions about a beer on tap. They charged $1.00 for a sample which I am not used to. They are free at J. Clydes. Not much atmosphere in the place-sort of a sterile concrete and stanless steel look. They fill growlers and were doing a pretty steady business of filling growlers while I was there. I still like the friendly atmosphere at Highlands Package Store and the nice bar/restaurant atmosphere at J. Clydes. This place is good for an occasional visit but it is not exactly a place to sit, enjoy a beer and good conversation.
11-26-2012 03:18:03 |
More by meigs3
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I could go into volumes here, but the simple fact is that Hop City has ALL THE BEERS - there's about 1500 beers available in Alabama just now, and HC's aim is to have all of them on the shelves. Their beers are split roughly by style (international, dark, IPA, Belgian, etc); anything more obscure or harder to find will almost certainly be here.
They have 60 drafts to go with a choice of 1 litre and 1 gallon growlers which they fill from the bottom up, and a full 3-sink sterilisation system which means your draft beer is good for up to 6 months in a cold dark place.
Oh yeah.. they also have that inferior beverage made from rotten grapes. Which some people like for some reason ;)
09-29-2012 18:27:17 |
More by StuartCarter
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I have visited this store three times in the past two weeks and I live 125 miles away. This place is great. The staff is very helpful and very knowledgeable. It doesn't matter if it is beer or wine, these guys know their stuff. Growler town is a great place to sit back and enjoy a couple pints or even try the latest from an Alabama brewery. If you are looking for a place with knowledge, this is your place.
01-22-2013 20:50:50 |
More by wickdawg
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