Gone But Not Forgotten
Unfortunately, several southern craft breweries of the early ‘90s were perhaps ahead of their time and not able to survive. New Orleans’ Acadian Brewing (closed in 2002) produced a crisp, hoppy pilsner for a time and offered a pleasant beer garden for visitors. A delightful brewpub that featured live jazz, Port City Brewery in Mobile, AL gave up the ghost in 2001. Birmingham Brewing started making their line of tasty Red Mountain beers back in 1992, but experienced financial troubles and folded in 2001. Blind Man Ales was an extremely small brewery that produced flavorful, bottle-conditioned beers like India Brown Ale and Espresso Stout in Athens, GA from 1996 to 2001. Dogwood was among the first Atlanta micros in the early ‘90s, but distributor issues forced the closure in 2004 of this much-loved brewery that was the first to produce high-gravity beers in Georgia.