A Toast to Beertails


Saint Amber (left), Gulf Coast Sunrise (right)

1. Saint Amber

This orange and pineapple infused Rye Rotbier from Serda Brewing Co. especially shines when paired with fresh seafood dishes, such as ceviche.

3/4 ounce pineapple juice
1 orange slice
1 ounce Grand Marnier
Serda’s Rye Rotbier
dash of bitters
1 orange twist, for garnish

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1. In a beer stein, muddle pineapple juice with orange slice and Grand Marnier.
2. Fill remaining glass with Serda’s Rye Rotbier and mix together.
3. Top with bitters. Garnish with an orange slice.

2. Gulf Coast Sunrise

This light ale sip from Fairhope Brewing Company starts the day off right. For further indulgence, the beertail pairs nicely with Panini Pete’s beignets.

8 ounces Everyday Ale (blonde ale)
4 ounces fresh squeezed satsuma or orange juice
splash of pineapple juice
splash of triple sec
orange slice, for garnish

1. Pour Everyday Ale into a pilsner glass.
2. Top with juices and triple sec. Garnish with an orange slice.

BEER BUZZ Darker beer bottles limit the amount of UV light that comes through, preventing beer from spoiling. See what kind of bottles Fairhope Brewing Company and Serda Brewing Co. choose when they debut the portable versions of their brews in the coming months.


Breakfast by the Bay (left), Wilhelm (right)

3. Breakfast by the Bay

Fairhope Brewing Company’s beer and Bloody Mary combo pairs best with Conecuh and eggs.

celery salt
Old Bay Seasoning
8 ounces Fairhope 51 Pale Ale
4 ounces Whiskey Willy’s Bloody Mary Mix
4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
2 dashes Tabasco
salt and pepper,  to taste
olive,  for garnish
celery stalk,  for garnish

1. Rim a 16-ounce glass with celery salt and Old Bay Seasoning.
2. Pour Fairhope 51 Pale Ale in glass. Add Bloody Mary mix, Worcestershire, Tabasco and salt and pepper. Stir to combine thoroughly.
3. Garnish with an olive and celery stalk.

4. Wilhelm 

A light and refreshing libation created by Serda Brewing Co. that is best enjoyed with lemon pepper chicken.

2 lime wedges
3/4 ounces ginger ale
3/4 ounces peach schnapps
1/2 ounces gin
Serda’s Rye Pilsner

1. In a highball glass, muddle two lime wedges with ginger ale.
2. Add peach schnapps and gin.
3. Fill remaining glass with Serda’s Rye Pilsner.

BEER BUZZ Beer bellies give hoppy drinks a bad name! Too many calories of any kind can contribute to extra pounds. That being said, alcohol consumption does increase one’s appetite for fatty foods.


Canton Cooler (left), Judge Roy Cream (right)

5. Canton Cooler

Try indulging in this fruity beverage from Serda’s Brewing Co. with lemon whitefish or grilled grouper.

3/4 ounces Canton Ginger
1/2 ounces strawberry vodka
2 lemon wedges
Serda’s Rye Pilsner
splash of grenadine
lemon wedge, for garnish

1. Pour Canton ginger and strawberry vodka in a mason jar.
2. Squeeze two lemon wedges, fill remaining jar with Serda’s Rye Pilsner and top with grenadine. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

6. Judge Roy Cream

Fairhope Brewing Company’s decadent drink is all the dessert you’ll want. The star of their adult beer float is their Judge Roy Bean coffee stout, which pays homage to the old Daphne drinking joint.

8 ounces Judge Roy Bean (coffee stout)
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
chocolate syrup, to taste
maraschino cherry

1. Pour Judge Roy Bean into a schooner glass.
2. Blend vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup. Add mixture atop Judge Roy Bean beer.
3. Garnish with maraschino cherry and extra syrup, if desired.


Lady Pirate (left), Hoparita (right)

7. Lady Pirate

A fruity, summery sip, made with Serda’s original brew, will have you humming Buffett tunes in no time.

1/4 ounce Malibu rum
1/4 ounce vanilla vodka
1/2 ounce Horchata liquor
Serda’s Rye Rotbier
pineapple wedge, for garnish

1. In a collins glass, mix rum, vodka and Horchata.
2. Fill remaining glass with Rye Rotbier, stir and garnish with a pineapple wedge and paper umbrella, if desired.

8. Hoparita

This kickin’ Fairhope Brewing Company concoction goes well with guacamole or queso and chips.

15 ounces Take the Causeway IPA
1 ounce sweetened lime juice
1 slice of a deseeded jalapeño
sprig of mint, to garnish if desired

1. Pour the Take the Causeway IPA in a 16-ounce pint glass.
2. Top with lime juice and add jalapeño and stir.
3. Garnish with a sprig of mint, if desired.

BEER BUZZ Believe it or not, beer can actually help pass kidney stones. Beer is a diuretic, meaning it helps flush the kidneys and, by dilating the ureters, your brew might help show that kidney stone the exit sign.

Fairhope Brewing Company • 914 Nichols Ave., Fairhope. 279-7517.
Serda Brewing Company • Open Date TBA

text by mallory boykin and breck pappas • photos by Elise Poché

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