President of Beers: #22

Brown Ale: Good People Brewing, Birmingham, Alabama

We're drinking the flagship craft beer from every state in the Union, counting down from 50-1, to find which is home to the President of Beers.

#22 Brown Ale: Good People Brewing, Birmingham, Alabama

State: Most people only know of the state of Alabama for two things: football and being the butt end of jokes. But the latter generic slander isn't entirely fair. It could be directed at any of the hot, humid, deeply religious welfare states in the South. I prefer to think of the Alabama I know, where the tea is sweet, the beaches are—err, were—awesome, and servers throw dinner rolls at you.

Brewery: Good People Brewing started up way back in 2007. It officially launched its first beer, Brown Ale, in 2008–one of only two commercial breweries in the state at the time—and has steadily grown as Alabama's brewing laws evolved. Earlier this year, Good People opened up a larger brewing facility in downtown Birmingham.

Beer: As noted on the can, this English-style brown ale has been "legally brewed since 2008." Seeing as how homebrewing remains illegal in the state, we have no idea how these law-abiding citizens perfected the recipe.

Difficulty of obtaining in Oregon: Nigh impossible. Good People does not distribute outside of the state and state law prohibits shipping alcohol to other states.

Rating: 64.92

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