The only place to get a micro-brewed beer in Montgomery is also one of the most historic venues in town too!
The first recorded history of beer brewing in Montgomery cited Charles E. Hall as the founder of the original Montgomery Brewing Company. His brewery was located at the foot of North Hull Street just a few blocks from the current Montgomery Brewing Company location. Prohibition put poor Charles out of business in 1919. But in 1992, acknowledging the micro brewery renaissance, Alabama passed its Brewpub Act with the intent of revitalizing Alabama's historic districts, thus allowing The Montgomery Brewing Company to open on October 27, 1995.
The current building, located in the "heart" of the Central Business District, and within walking distance of the new Renaissance Hotel, was originally built in 1913 by the Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio (GM&O) Railroad to store heavy equipment. Oil stains are still visible on the floor from perhaps over 80 years ago. In the early 1900's, even warehouses were handsome, well-constructed buildings, symbols of the stability and permanence of its owner, and this building is no exception. The facade of this three storied former warehouse features paired windows separated by decorative brickwork. Three round-headed arched doors give access from the street side.
The rear of the building is more utilitarian with three segmented arched doors opening onto a railway siding. Before steel-framed construction, large buildings had to be made of solid masonry. The 16-inch thick brick walls are laid in American bond. The 8-foot basement ceiling is supported by 14-inch square pine pillars. Each eleven inch chamfered pillar supports the 14-foot ceiling on the main floor. Nine-inch pillars of the second floor support a 12-foot ceiling, and the 7-inch pillars of the third floor support the pitched roof unique in its day.
Other original features include porcelain electrical insulators still attached to several floor joists and ceiling beams; a cast-iron and steel fire sprinkling system, still operable; a Fairbanks scales in the floor at the foot of the future second floor stairs which also works!
The centerpiece of the building revival is the featured Otis electric elevator, 1895 patent, which still hauls grain to second floor storage for the micro-brewery. When you visit the Montgomery Brewing Company, you can literally feel the activity this quality built building has experienced through the years even as you can sense its importance to Montgomery's past and future.
Although the name is The Montgomery Brewing Company, they're better known around town as "the Brewpub" --considered one of the best restaurants in town. Stop by for lunch or dinner and enjoy an excellent craft brewing experience.
The Montgomery Brewing Company
12 West Jefferson Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Reservations / Receptionist 334-834- BREW (2739)
Office / Fax 334-264-0538