Well, the inevitable has happened and it has been all over Good People’s Facebook page. Good People Brewing Company’s success has caught up with them and they are packing up shop in order to move into a larger facility to accommodate the future.
The Good People Brewery was located on 20th Street South, next door to Five Points Grill/The Mill. The new brewery will be located on 14th Street South near the new Railroad Park.
I asked Jason Malone, Good People Brewer, what the reasoning was behind the move and he said, “[Good People Brewing Company is] Moving to a much larger place and will begin increasing our production and move towards packaging soon after the move is completed”. On further inquiring about the packaging, Malone said they were going to kick around the idea of possibly canning Good People brews. This is great news since all of Good People’s production is based on distribution of kegs, and the only way to enjoy them at home now is with growler fills at a handful of locations. The possibility of seeing Good People beers in cans or bottles means it will provide even more access to Good People for Birmingham and beyond. This is a win-win for both Good People and the consumer.
The only possible down side to come out of this is that there may be a temporary shortage of Good People beers until the move is completed. Malone did mention that they made sure to build up an inventory of the “regular beers” that will hopefully last through the relocation process, but there is always a possibility the growing pains may lead to a little down time on the taps. With that said, it is totally worth having to deal with a little drought of Good People in order to see what the new facility will offer us.
To give you an idea of what will come with a new brewery, Malone hinted at a few new small batch beers that they may be experimenting with after the move is complete. I will not let the cat out of the bag completely, but I will say that Good People is working on a special beer for the Magic City Brewfest. They are also looking at experimenting with Brettanomyces (Brett,), and making some sour and funky ales as well. So, the pros of this situation absolutely outweigh the cons.
The future is bright when it comes to Good People Brewing Company and Birmingham beer lovers. Maybe if we can get the Brewery Modernization Act passed this year, Good People brewery tours will be in our future as well. Who knows? Overall, this is great news for Birmingham beer and beer culture. With a little time and patience, things tend to get better and Good People is living proof of that. I, for one, will be waiting as patiently as possible to see this new brewery and the possibilities that come with it. Prost!