Jul 28, 2018
Many homebrewers have a dream to open their own brewery. For Common Bond Brewers co-founder Andrew McNally the dream grabbed him in 2014 after participating in a homebrew competition with Good People Brewing in Birmingham, AL. As he drove home her pondered life, liberty, and starting his own brewery. He decided then that he was going to make it happen. Andrew partnered with his friend Tim Doles and the two set out to build a brewery. With the help of friends investments and putting their own financial tails on the line they opened in April 2018, the first production brewery in town in Montgomery.
McNally and Doles admit that Montgomery isn't a craft beer town, yet. However, there was overwhelming excitement from the community leading up to the brewery opening and fantastic support since they've opened. Their core beers (a Blonde, Pale Ale. IPA, and a Rye Amber) offer familiar flavors and a little something different. Through their Hop Workshop series, they'll explore a variety of styles with a focus on the hop profile.
Common Bond is also helping to revitalize the downtown area, a location that just a few years ago, "was not somewhere you wanted to be," according to McNally. Their building has been around for decades and is shared with Bibb Street Pizza. Elements from the original building were used in the decor of their taproom.
In the news this week Brian shares info on changes to the brewery-to-brewery transfer laws, the first beer brewed from marijuana plants, and the upcoming IPA Day and Mead Day.
Our beers this week included Common Bond's Blonde, Ramber (Rye Amber), and Hop Workshop 001 brewed with Denali hops. We also cracked open a Pontoon Kill the Pain, Creature Comforts Arcadiana, Hutton & Smith Wheatwine, and Ironmonger's Billett, a blood orange Pilsner.