Share some cocktails made with beer with two great Southern craft breweries, one in Birmingham, Good People Brewing Co., and one in Charleston, Palmetto Brewing Company.

Both are considered craft beer trailblazers in the South, and are the oldest craft breweries to open in the respective states. Good People Brewing Co. is a craft brewery located in Birmingham, Alabama. Founded in 2006 by Michael Sellers and Jason Malone, it is the oldest and largest brewery in the state of Alabama and a leader in the South’s craft beer movement. The first craft brewery in the Southeast to can their beers, Good People is currently sold throughout Alabama and in Nashville, Tennessee, and will become available in Florida in 2015.

Summer cocktail recipes with Good People beer:

Southern Sun

Southern Sun

Photo Courtesy of Good People and Palmetto Brewing

Southern Sun

Created by Eric Bennett, Bar Manager and Principal Bartender at Carrigan’s Public House.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Cocchi Americano
  • 1/2 oz. Jack Rudy Tonic syrup
  • 3 oz. Good People Pale Ale

Preparation: Combine ingredients in a mason jar, garnish with lemon, strawberry slice and rosemary sprig.


Summer Punch

Summer Punch

Photo Courtesy of Good People and Palmetto Brewing

Summer Punch

Created by Steva Casey of Satellite, a brand new bar and music venue in Birmingham

Ingredients:

  • 4 1/2 oz. Good People Bearded Lady
  • 2 cups Cathead Honeysuckle
  • 1 cup Strawberry/Black pepper Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup Lemon Juice
  • 2 cup Water

Preparation: Combine ingredients in a rocks glass, garnish with lemon peel.

Palmetto Brewing Company founders Ed Falkenstein and Louis Bruce quit their day jobs in 1993 on a mission to bring craft beer to the South. Palmetto Brewing Company was the first brewery in the state of South Carolina, and is considered the “founding father” of Charleston’s craft beer movement. In 2014, the downtown brewery underwent a major renovation and expansion, enlarging its physical space to include a 14-tap tasting room, and a courtyard for outdoor concerts and events. Palmetto beer is widely distributed across South Carolina and coastal Georgia, with many new markets coming online in late 2015-2016.

Summer cocktail recipe with Palmetto beer:

Honey Basil Shandy

Honey Basil Shandy

Photo Courtesy of Good People and Palmetto Brewing

Honey Basil Shandy

Created by Palmetto Brewery

Ingredients:

  • 1 Glass Palmetto’s Hooties Homegrown Ale
  • Top Cannonborough Beverage Co. Honey Basil Soda

Preparation: Combine ingredients in tall glass.