Popular Food Truck Operator to Open First Over-The-Mountain Brewpub Uniquely Themed Venue Will Appeal to Local Residents and Craft Beer Aficionados from Afar (March 21st, 2019) BIRMINGHAM – It wasn’t until the passage of the Brewery Modernization Act by the Alabama Legislature in May 2011 that breweries in the state were permitted to sell on-premises and/or to wholesalers. In the years since, the brewing landscape in Birmingham has blossomed with craft beer taprooms across the city. Yet, strangely, despite the popularity of craft brewing in the area, a brewpub specializing in craft beer, cocktails and serving food has yet to open in Birmingham’s southern suburbs – until now.
Scheduled to open on April 2nd, The Grocery Brewpub is located in what was originally an A&P grocery store in downtown Homewood. The uniquely themed venue will appeal to local residents and craft beer aficionados from afar by featuring 24 rotating taps. These taps will include not only craft beers brewed onsite and from other popular Birmingham breweries, but also a variety of hard to find craft brews from across the country.
Behind Homewood’s first brewpub foray into the state’s burgeoning craft brew scene is local resident Rayford Cook. Having spent most of his career in the food service industry, Rayford knows what it takes to operate a successful entity. He has done everything from waiting tables to managing restaurants to eventually owning his own restaurants. Cook is probably best known for his “Off The Hook” food truck – which has featured “southern street-style” food since 2012 and enjoys a highly-devoted local following. In creating the first over-the-mountain brewpub that focuses on good quality food and good quality craft beer, Cook is uniting two of his own passions. “Anyone can start a restaurant or turn a passion for craft beer into a brewery. I am fortunate that I get to do both, and do it in a way that’s totally unique – a place for folks to enjoy authentic southern food, along with an unbeatable selection of craft beer” said Cook.
The Grocery will also offer house-made cocktails and premium wines. “What makes The Grocery unique will be our ability to also offer liquor and premium wines in addition to the craft beer. I trained with ShowTenders – the professional bar management company who prepared Tom Cruise for his role in the movie ‘Cocktail’, says Cook. “That’s about the only thing Tom Cruise and I have in common,” quips Cook. For lovers of craft beer, that’s surely a good thing. With homage to its past as a once thriving A&P grocery store – and an entrepreneur with a rich southern tradition of taking care of customers, there’s no doubt The Grocery Brewpub will be a welcome addition to the local beer scene.
About The Grocery Brewpub Located at 2823 Central Avenue in Homewood, The Grocery Brewpub is located in the former Red Hills Brewing space and in what was originally an A&P grocery store. Open seven days a week, this fast-casual brewpub offers 24 rotating taps of craft beer, premium wines, house-made cocktails and delicious southern “street-style” food.