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District Hall, a rustic bar and restaurant in Fairhope, will be the new host of Green Drinks in Baldwin County.
Mobile Bay Green Drinks, the monthly gathering to hear speakers discuss local environmental issues, has a new home, moving about a quarter of a mile down Nichols Avenue from the Fairhope Brewing Company to District Hall. Alchemy Tavern will continue to host the event in Mobile, on the third Wednesday of every month.
District Hall is at 761 Nichols Ave., just off Route 98, in the old warehouse district of Fairhope. Located right next to Warehouse Bakery and Donuts, District Hall has a rustic décor and a great indoor-outdoor space, with a large patio. Most importantly, it also has a great beer selection — with 16 brews on tap at any time, and regular beer specials, including $4 drafts at happy hour (4-6 p.m.) and $2 PBR all the time.
The taps change regularly, but there is always a large selection of local beers. The last time I was there I had two of my favorites, Big Bridge IPA from Cullman’s Goat Island Brewery and Rod’s Reel Cream Ale from Gulf Shores’ Big Beach Brewing. Most impressively, there was a wide selection of different styles, with something for everyone’s taste. There is also a full bar, so you can enjoy a cocktail instead of a beer if that suits you. Its kitchen features pizzas made with dough from Warehouse Bakery, as well as locally sourced meats and vegetables.
District Hall is open Thursday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to close, but is available to host all sorts of special events, like birthday parties or corporate outings; contact information can be found at districthallfairhope.com. It will host its inaugural Green Drinks on Tuesday, May 14, from 5-7 p.m., with specials that will include 50-cent wings, $4 Garlic cheese bread, $4 draft beer or house wine and $3 well liquor drinks.
That night’s speaker will be Dr. Elizabeth Bevan, the lead biologist for the Alabama Coastal Foundation’s sea turtle conservation program, known as “Share the Beach.” Alabama’s sea turtle nesting season began May 1 and Bevan will discuss Alabama’s native sea turtles as well as what people can do to help conserve and protect that endangered, amazing species. Her talk will begin at 6 p.m.
According to Jennifer Haffner, co-owner of District Hall, Green Drinks fits perfectly into the vision she and her co-owners have as being “a gathering place for community, to share ideas, celebrate life events and enjoy neighbors.” Ed Green, another one of the owners, said that, “Green Drinks fits with the mission, the philosophy of District Hall,” which works to promote sustainable practices, including using compostable cups and providing leftover food to local pig farmers.
If you can’t make it over to Fairhope, the Mobile Green Drinks will be held the next day, Wednesday, May 15, from 5-7 p.m., at Alchemy Tavern downtown. This month’s speaker is Don Bates of Thompson Engineering and inventor of the Litter Getter, which extricates litter from waterways.
Finally, one of the great local craft beer events of the year is this Saturday, May 12, at Southern Napa Fine Wine House in Daphne. The Seventh Annual “99 Bottles of Beer on the Lawn” will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday afternoon, with, as you guessed it, 99 different local, national and international craft beers to sample.
Tickets cost $35, which gives entrants a souvenir tasting glass and access to all the beer samples. There will be live music and food for sale as well.
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