Mobile needs another brewery like we need another parking space, so many of you will be excited to hear Haint Blue Brewing Co. is coming to the former Crystal Ice House building at 800 Monroe St.

Hopes are that the new suds house will be open by Mardi Gras, which would be perfect for those who like to catch the parade on Canal and south of Government Street. This 7,000-square-foot, monster space will include a taproom.

Owner Keith Sherrill, originally from the Montgomery suburb of Millbrook, chose the name from the light blue color that many paint the ceilings of Southern porches to ward off evil spirits, or haints. Good thing, too, as he sees this becoming Mobile’s porch-drinking beer. Their logo features a rocking chair.

(Photo | Facebook) color used to paint the ceilings of southern porches, is expected to open its brewery and taphouse off Canal Street by Mardi Gras.

(Photo | Facebook) color used to paint the ceilings of southern porches, is expected to open its brewery and taphouse off Canal Street by Mardi Gras.

To aid in the brewing, Sherrill has enlisted the help of his brother-in-law, Matt Wheeler, as head brewer. With family in Mobile, the two decided this was the only place in Alabama they wanted to live and brew beer.

No word on whether there will be a kitchen or menu, but for the time being Sherrill plans to work with local food trucks to feed the hungry. There could be worse plans. We will keep you up to date as this story develops.

Herb Day 2017 is on its way
It’s the annual Herb Day of the Gulf Coast Herb Society this Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Mobile Botanical Gardens. For those who wish to learn from herb artisans about growing and using your favorite herbs, the program begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon.

Featured presenters will be members of Mobile Botanical Gardens, Mobile Master Gardeners and the Gulf Coast Herb Society. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. The $30 ticket includes a light lunch. For more information visit www.gulfcoastherbsociety.org, but for registering this late you must call Annette Daughtery at 251-604-6866.

Last reminder for The Wharf’s Uncorked Food and Wine Festival
You always brag on social media how much you love wine. You even print it on your T-shirts for girls’ weekend at the beach. It’s time to put your money where your mouth is and head down to The Wharf at Orange Beach for its Uncorked Food and Wine Festival this Thursday, Sept. 15, through Saturday, Sept. 17.

You can expect Main Street to be alive with more than 100 labels of wine, top chef demonstrations and a luxury yacht walk as well as live and silent auctions benefiting Make-A-Wish Alabama.

The champion of the Chef’s Challenge will be an automatic Elite Qualifier for the World Food Championships held at The Wharf in November. Tickets are available at The Wharf box office or online through Ticketmaster.com.
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