Happy 4th of July! One of the newest and coolest breweries in Birmingham, Trim Tab, stopped by today.

Well, OK, he didn’t physically stop by, but Trim Tab owner Harris Stewart was on the line. A former law student at the University of Alabama, Stewart soon realized that he was having a lot more fun home brewing than learning about being a barrister. So he and his wife set up shop in Birmingham.

We talk about the inspiration behind “Trim Tab” (hint: Buckminster Fuller had something to do with it), and the importance of craft beer / breweries in creating a community.

Plus, Mike O’Sullivan of Taproom Press stopped by to talk Georgia beer, and friend of the show Brian Hewitt came by with some of the beers he grabbed on a recent trip to Oregon.

Truck and Tap’s Beer of the Week:

@trimtabbrewing 5 and 33 on the can #albeer #craftbeer

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Trim Tab IPA (BA rating: 87): From Trim Tab:

“Our namesake beer, TrimTab IPA is a balanced, sessionable IPA that explores intense hop aroma and flavor without excessive bitterness. A huge amount of Pacifica hops are added in dry hop, which adds to this beer’s distinctive orange marmalade, rose petal and peppercorn character. Ripe citrus fruit aromas and flavors dominate, creating a beer that is an iconic example of TrimTab’s commitment to making expressive and complex, yet balanced craft beer. It’s an effort to answer the question, ‘what does it mean to be a Southern IPA?'”

Trim Tab Barrel aged Pillar to Post Rye Brown: This one was aged nicely, without a ton of heat that you can get from barrel aging. Here’s a description of the regular Pillar to Post, from Trim Tab:

Pillar to Post was the first beer that was brewed at TrimTab, on New Years Day 2014. With an average brewday clocking in at around 15 hours, Pillar to Post is the most demanding beer to brew in our portfolio. It is a celebration of specialty grains. Seven different malts are employed with toasted flaked rye and rye malt standing at the forefront. Those malts provide a spicy, earthy, and decidedly biscuity flavor that is balanced against chocolate malt, midnight wheat and crisp citrus hop notes.

“Pillar to post” is an old English idiom that essentially describes an unnecessarily difficult and at-times frustrating process. On the day of the inaugural brew, the brewery opening was three months behind schedule and the project was almost three years in the making. The team thought it was appropriate to honor this journey through the name of our endearingly challenging inaugural brew.

Tim’s Whale of the Week:

They’re herrrrre! @burnthickorybrewery Didjits cans at the brewery now, retailers soon.

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Burnt Hickory Didjits…in a can! After several months of delays, the much-anticipated Burnt Hickory Didjits (Blood Orange IPA) can release is here. Look for it in stores coming anytime. (BA Rating: 93)


Looking for what’s happening in Georgia and Alabama beer over the 4th? head to beerguysradio.com for all the deets.

Next week, we’ll be talking home brewing. Have an awesome 4th, and don’t forget…drink local!