Cahaba Brewing Company is collaborating with REV Birmingham’s Urban Food Project to create a collection of new hyperlocal brews using ingredients sourced from Alabama farms. Each beer in the ‘Proximity Series’ will feature seasonal local produce that travels from Alabama farms to your glass.
The series’ first batch – a strawberry blonde – sold out in three hours during Cahaba’s June 23 Cahabazaar. The blonde was made with strawberries from third-generation farmer Jimmy Witt of Witt Farms in Hayden, the Urban Food Project’s primary strawberry grower since 2013.
The brew making its way to taps this week is a blackberry Dunkelweizen made from blackberries grown by Taylor Hatchett of Boozer Farms in Thorsby.
Proximity Series beers will be available today in Cahaba’s taproom and this week at a number of Urban Food Project supporting restaurants who source Alabama grown ingredients through REV’s local food initiative. Restaurants and retailers serving this exclusive small batch seasonal brew include:
- Soho Social
- J Clyde
- Post Office Pies
- 5 Point Public House
- Piggly Wiggly Clairmont
- Piggly Wiggly Crestline
- Grand Bohemian
- Eugene’s Hot Chicken
- John’s City Diner
- Roots & Revelry
- Hop City
“Our team has wholeheartedly embraced the opportunity to source and create small-batch brews with local ingredients from Alabama farmers,” said Eric Meyer, Cahaba Brewing founder. “At Cahaba, we’re built on community support and it’s a core value that we give back to our community at every opportunity. The Proximity Series is the perfect platform for showcasing our state’s local growers and an awesome nonprofit that supports these hardworking farmers each day.”
Future small batch seasonal brews in the Proximity Series include peaches, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, apples, kiwis and satsumas. Through the partnership, Cahaba and REV aim to demonstrate the positive impact of buying and eating local – from boosting the local economy to improving health and quality of life in Birmingham communities.
“The Urban Food Project has been distributing local produce to Birmingham restaurants as part of the farm to table movement for five years, but what about farm to glass? The Proximity Series recognizes Alabama farmers from the producer to the pint glass creating value for the farmer, our program and the UFP partners who continue to invest in our local food distribution system,” said Taylor Clark, REV’s Urban Food Project Director.
REV’s Urban Food Project is building a robust local food economy while increasing healthy food access. Local farmers bring their crops to the UFP distribution hub in Woodlawn, where the Alabama-grown produce is boxed up to be delivered each week to Birmingham restaurants and to corner stores located in food deserts as a strategy to create fresh produce access.
Stay tuned to Cahaba’s (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and REV’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for the next brew announcement, and join the social media conversation with #ProximitySeries!
When Karen Gathany began her search for a brick-and-mortar space, she wasn’t quite sure where she’d end up. But she fell in love with a charming historic storefront, complete with hardwood floors and an exposed brick wall, on 1st Avenue North in Woodlawn.
To say that Domestique Coffee’s Michael Pocus knows a thing or two about a good cup of coffee is an understatement.
As one of the original vendors of the Woodlawn Street Market, Nelesha Dale has a big heart for community, family, and entrepreneurs. REV met with her to find out what’s next for her business and how she got to where she is today.