On Sunday, February 26th at 4 pm, Avondale Brewing Company (201 41st Street South, Birmingham) will have a release and naming party for their newest beer offering, a Kolsch styled ale.
Earlier this month, Avondale took to their Facebook page and allowed their fans the chance to pick the name for their new Kolsch, an ale they describe as “a clear beer with a bright straw-yellow hue, and it has a prominent, but not extreme, hoppiness”. Since the brewery advocates for the rich history of the area surrounding their brewery in Avondale, they like to have the names of their beers have local significance. They dug up the following two great names and stories for their fans to vote on:
“Street Car Kolsch
The Story: Between the age of the horse drawn buggy and the modern three-car garage, there was a time when the streetcar was the greatest invention of the day. These “trolley cars” were the elite mode of transportation, and Avondale was the proud home of the first one of its kind in the area. Every day businessmen and school children alike would grace the No. 41 streetcar to and from Avondale to their respective destinations, making stops of course at Avondale Park, Lakeview, and Forest Park. Over the years the original mule powered streetcar line was upgraded to electrical power and thanks to the No. 41 streetcar, Avondale Park became among the most popular day trip destinations in the region. “
“Cold Blooded Kolsch
The Story: There was a rough riding Texas biker named Mike that had moved to Birmingham in the 70’s. He was involved in a bad motorcycle accident and the doctors wanted to amputate his leg, but he refused. In order to deal with the pain, he drank a lot of beer and abused pills. One night at the Long Branch Saloon (now Avondale Brewing), a couple and a man were engaged in a game of pool. The man said something that Texas Mike didn’t like, so Mike pulled out his revolver and shot the poor man dead. The couple took off, but not before Texas Mike shot ’em from behind and left all three dead. The story goes that Texas Mike was so intoxicated trying to numb the pain that he didn’t remember killing those three people. So, listen to the doctor and only drink beer!”
The party on Sunday at their taproom will be a celebration of “the name, the artwork, and the story behind” the chosen name for the Kolsch with live music, food, and of course great beer. They will be pouring the Kolsch, their regular line up, and also their last small batch of Stout. Avondale will also have a limited edition Kolsch t-shirt available for purchase.
If you are free on Sunday, you should check out the party and all the great things going on at Avondale Brewing. If you cannot make it, the Kolsch should be available afterwards at the taproom (regular hours: Monday-Friday 4pm to 10pm and Saturday 12 noon to 10pm) and throughout Avondale’s distribution area. Prost!