You take a turn off the highway in Alabama and drive for about 30 minutes. You’ll stumble across a town called Gadsden. The small town is home to Back Forty Brewing. What’s in a name? “Back Forty” is an old agricultural term referring to the 4o acres furthest from the barn. Typically the hardest land to maintain, due to it’s location. A bit like Alabama’s beer scene has been. Founder Jason Wilson, after seeing the beer culture of Colorado, wanted to bring that to the deep south.
The brewery started contract brewing with Lazy Magnolia in Kiln, Mississippi in 2009. That lead to the first two releases – Naked Pig Pale Ale and Truck Stop Honey. Truck Stop won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2010. The success of the those releases led to the brewery opening it’s own facility in an old warehouse from the 1940’s. Two more beers followed – Kudzu Porter and Freckle Belly IPA.
The brewery is now in the process of shipping to Atlanta, in March 2013. Plus, look for their first seasonal – Peach Wheat coming soon.