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The craft beer craze in the U.S. has been going on since the late 70s, much to the detriment of the large conglomerate brewers who have fought tooth-and-nail to crush the craft brew movement. Thankfully, every state in the nation has a craft brew scene and here in Birmingham, AL, the suds flow freely in about five or six local breweries. The flagship beer at Trim Tab is their signature IPA, and like most India Pale Ales, it packs an intense hop flavor. The seasonal beers include a tasty Olde Ale, a traditional dry-hopped Pale Ale and a sweet Raspberry Berliner Weisse. Of course, the beers change often, but every time you enter, you are guaranteed to get your money's worth with any of these small batch beers.
Since 2009, Hop City Beer and Wine has been making a name for itself as one of the best retailers of beer in the entire Southeast. With a vast selection of local beers, draft beers and imported favorites, beer lovers will be delighted. Add to this their friendly, knowledgeable service and no wonder it has become as popular as it has. A unique service they provide is the 'Growlertown' that allows customers to take away their favorite draft beer in certified jugs. Want to try brewing your own beer? Their selection of equipment is perfect for the amateur brewer.
The lobby of The Hotel Highland at Five Points South is home to a swanky little martini bar called The H Bar. Fiery colored sofas and contemporary decor create a trendy yet casual atmosphere best suited for drinks before or after dinner. The bar serves a variety of cocktails including signature martinis and imported draught brews. There is an eclectic food menu to accompany the drinks as well as live music every night for a special treat. The bar is also perfect for small celebrations like social events, wedding toasts and birthdays. The central location and sophisticated ambiance of the bar makes it the ideal place to be over weekends.
This dive bar at Pickwick Plaza's basement opened its doors in 1962 in a different location. Upside Down Plaza got its name due to its upside down neon sign-board. Play a game of pool or dartboard while enjoying the cheap drinks at this friendly bar. They also have regular karaoke nights.
Located on 11th Avenue in the entertainment and shopping area of Five Points South, Surin West serves Japanese, Thai and Chinese cuisine. There are two dining rooms and a popular sushi bar. The service is fast, the food is fresh, and the menu is eclectic. They offer everything from sushi to Thai curry dishes to Chinese favorites.