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Our Birmingham location features Alabama’s most impressive beer package selection, wine and homebrew supplies, growlers, and an onsite beer bar with patio, with 60 draft choices. We are your beer store, wine shop, and happy hour destination.
Jay began his professional career as a circus clown and "Carnie", travelling the circuit from Northern Virginia to Florida. After an banana peel-induced injury, Jay began using beer as a coping mechanism and quickly fell under it's sudsy charms. He left the circus in Athens, GA and began delving into the many-faceted world of craft beer. It is widely believed that the Terrapin Beer Company "turtle" mascot found on the Rye Pale Ale is based on a visit Jay and his banjo made to the brewery. After 8 years working at Athens-based package stores in a variety of capacities, Jay made the journey southwest to Birmingham and was part of Hop City's store opening team in the Magic City. Initially the beer manager, Jay's deep knowledge of European styles and brands made him a fan favorite. After several beers, he is prone to slipping into German or Belgian, especially when debating the merits of the German Beer Purity Act of 1516. He was promoted to General Manager in Birmingham in July 2014. His other hobbies include modern dance, sumo wrestling, and collecting vintage Smurf figurines.
Josh Terrell is the Bon Vivant for Hop City Birmingham, and manages both the Wine and Home Brewing Department. He has tried every wine in the store, and some of them more than once! When he's in the home brewing department, he's Dr. Krausen, where he can put together a killer beer recipe for you. He's always happy to help pair beer or wine with food.
Justin Jones is the Keg-quistador for Hop City Birmingham, and manages the Growlertown Bar. He has had a passion for craft beer for years, and turned it into a profession with the opening of Hop City in his home town. He's the one responsible for the awesome and ever-changing draft line-up at Hop City Birmingham, and he excels at helping visitors find delicious new beers to try, especially those new to craft beer.
Angela Richter is the Socialite Sommelier for Hop City Birmingham, and manages social media and events. She originates from Florida, where she managed a boutique wine bar in Sarasota before she fell in love with craft beer. She worked for World of Beer for 5 years before joining the Hop City team. Angela has tried over 3,000 different beers, has her first level Cicerone certification, and specializes in gluten free options for customers, and loves recommending new beer and wine for you to try.
Have a private event coming up? Want to create a truly special experience for you and your friends? Hop City can help! We can organize just about anything you could need. With certifications in both beer and wine, our staff can help you put on a memorable event.
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We offer exchanges and sales of 5lb CO2 canisters. At this time we can not exchange other sizes. Call us to check on current availability.
We hold Homebrew classes both beginner and advanced. Beginner classes are $15/person, Advanced All-Grain classes are $25/person. Call us at 205-279-3557 to check dates and make a reservation. You can also check our Birmingham Events calendar for scheduled classes. We will be happy to schedule a special class for groups of 10 or more upon request.
We are happy to put together any homebrew recipe you send us before you come in! However, due to the volume of Saturday traffic, we will not be able to fill out-of-store orders on Saturdays. Recipes will be assembled, and grain will be milled upon your arrival. We cannot guarantee recipe integrity if you do not pick it up on the date requested! Thank you for your cooperation.