Jasper’s second brewery now open

Posted 10/14/17

By JENNIFER COHRON

Daily Mountain Eagle

Tallulah Brewing Company opened its doors Friday on 4th Avenue in Jasper.

Jasper’s second brewery is owned by Cordova Mayor Drew Gilbert and six of …

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Jasper’s second brewery now open

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By JENNIFER COHRON

Daily Mountain Eagle

Tallulah Brewing Company opened its doors Friday on 4th Avenue in Jasper.

Jasper’s second brewery is owned by Cordova Mayor Drew Gilbert and six of his family members.

Josh Bagwell, Gilbert’s brother-in-law, is the resident brewmaster. Bagwell has been honing his craft since 2013, when Gov. Robert Bentley signed the home brew bill into law.

Bagwell set up shop in the basement of the home that he and his wife, Keri, built after their first home was destroyed in the April 2011 tornadoes.

Bagwell and Gilbert jokingly referred to the endeavor as the Tallulah Brewing Company after the Tallulah hotel that once stood in downtown Cordova.

Last year, the two started entertaining the possibility of opening a brewery.

“We had watched the Main Street program working well in Jasper. We saw the impact when the entertainment district popped up, restaurants were opening and there started to be life downtown constantly. If there were ever a time and a place, this seemed like it could be it,” Gilbert said.

The brewery pays homage both to the city of Cordova and the Bankhead family.

The logo is patterned after the tile floor at the entrance of the Tallulah hotel. (Though the hotel was demolished in 2013, the tile floor remains.)

Bricks from the Bagwells’ home and one of Cordova’s many mill houses were used in the renovation of the building.

The Gavel Porter is a tribute to Speaker of the House William Bankhead, while Curtain Call Kolsch calls to mind the career of his actress daughter, Tallulah.

A favorite of several customers during the grand opening celebration was Chief’s Apricot Blonde, named in honor of part owner Denise Gilbert, who was a chief in the Air Force.

“We’ve tried to do some really good craft beer that is a little different from what’s on tap in Birmingham, and we’ve also tried to inject some fruits into some beers and have some lighter wheat beers for those people in Jasper who don’t drink a lot of craft beer. We thought we could help them make the segue,” Gilbert said.

Gilbert emphasized that families are welcome at the brewery.

The staff has popcorn and other kid-friendly snacks on hand as well as crayons and coloring sheets.

Kids are also invited to play corn hole or darts in the backyard.

In the coming weeks, the brewery will start hosting live music and a trivia night.

“This is something that Jasper hasn’t had before. We’ve had bars. This is place where you can get a beer and hang out with us,” Gilbert said.