Every time you turn around, Callaghan’s receives another award or national recognition. The latest is from the New York Daily News, which placed it in the Top 150 Bars in the United States. That’s high praise for our little watering hole. Owner John Thompson says, “It’s all in who you know, I guess.” My guess is payola.

Callaghan’s is also the spot for the relaunch of Dixie Beer in Mobile! Like so many of her residents, New Orleans’ hometown brew was washed away by the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina. The brew is now available across metro New Orleans and will soon be in the bars of Mobile!

What better day to see the return of Dixie Beer than Joe Cain Day, and what better bar than Cally’s! Dixie Beer reps will be on hand with giveaway items as Grayson Capps gets the party going as only he does. I’m certain there will be plenty of Wild Mauvillians descending upon the corner of Marine and Charleston. It’s THE Joe Cain Day party.

Congratulations, JT. Try not to get a big head over this.

Old Shell Growlers closes
According to a Facebook post, the owners of Old Shell Growlers have made the decision to close the midtown watering hole to focus on other ventures. Late last year, Matt Golden announced he was expanding his popular LoDa Bier Garten to West Mobile, in the building formerly occupied by The Hungry Owl.

Old Shell Growlers focused on take-out beer and small plates, but always had dozens of brews on tap. Early readers of this newspaper may have a final fleeting chance to say goodbye.

The Facebook post continued: “We have appreciated your support and patronage over the last year and a half and hope to see you all on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week (Feb. 5-7) from 11 a.m. until 10.p.m. to close this chapter with a final super sale!

“We will have 50 percent off, drink-in or carry-out. Remember, our friends at LoDa Bier Garten are there for all of your craft beer needs and make sure to visit the new LoDa Bier Garten opening soon in West Mobile.”
Indeed we will.

Alabama Credit Union fundraiser for school meals
According to a letter from President and CEO Steve Swafford, Alabama Credit Union will host the fourth annual Bids, Brews & Beats Concert and Silent Auction benefiting Secret Meals on May 5 from 1-5 p.m. at the Flora-Bama Lounge and Oyster Bar. Guests will enjoy live music while supporting Secret Meals by bidding on great silent auction items.

In 2008, Alabama Credit Union started Secret Meals for Hungry Children with just 18 schoolchildren. Today, the Secret Meals program serves more than 2,500 children across the state by quietly slipping packages of food into their backpacks every Friday.

Along the Alabama Gulf Coast and Perdido Key area, it serves Gulf Shores Elementary, Fairhope Elementary, Foley Elementary, Swift Elementary, Florence Howard Elementary and Warrington Elementary, totaling 245 children receiving weekend food packs through Secret Meals, with plans to add more schools this coming school year.

With a fundraising goal for these schools of $20,000, the credit union is asking for donations to the silent auction. Any item of any value will directly impact the life of a child in Alabama.

The entirety of the contributions go toward purchasing Secret Meals food packs for South Alabama and Northwest Florida’s neediest children. All donations are tax deductible. The difference you can make in a child’s life through Secret Meals is no secret at all! Find out more on secretmeals.org.

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