Taking tried-and-true traditional German styles and giving them an American twist, Serda Brewing hits a craft beer home run…
We expected a few things driving down by the gulf on the 2018 MINI Takes the States. We expected lots of seafood. We expected panoramic views of the water. We DID NOT expect a top-notch German-inspired craft beer brewery, but that’s exactly what we found at Serda Brewing in Mobile, AL.
Deciding to pop into Serda Brewing’s tap room wasn’t hard… Even from the street you can tell it’s a space just meant for enjoying a sunny afternoon. The huge outdoor beer garden and the massive glass windows mean there’s never a drab spot, inside or out.
To beat the heat, we headed inside and grabbed a stool at the bar and ordered a flight of their most popular beers. To our surprise, they were practically all German-inspired in some way.
Talking to the friendly bartenders, we discovered that’s not an oversight… We’d stumbled into a craft brewery not only unique for Alabama, but unique for almost anywhere.
To quote Serda Brewing themselves:
“The core brand beers are traditional German styles that have had an American craft beer face lift: richer in flavor, bolder in strength, more complex in character, a reflection of the past with modern craft brewing innovation. There is a notable void in the industry craft beer menu as most new breweries have focused on West Coast style micro-brews and a smattering of English style ales. Serda Brewing will bring about more choices of what consumers are looking for in a market crowded with a limited style selection.”
Well, how about that? Guess all the German steins hanging up for their mug club make a lot more sense.
So how was the beer? Regular readers know we shy away from getting too technical with the beer reviews, but we’ll say all 4 in the flight were drinkable, smooth, and right up our alley.
The lineup is anchored by their “Hook, Line, & Lager,” a refreshing and flavorful departure from the ales often headlining at other breweries.
The full vision of Serda’s taproom, however, is to be much more than a place with good beer. It’s clear they want this place to be a welcoming spot for everything from business meetings to birthday parties. Cigar nights, cornhole tournaments, and live music dot their events calendar as do multiple food trucks.
If you can’t join in on the fun at their Mobile tap room, fear not. Their delicious beers are creeping their way all across Alabama. Use their handy little “beer finder” tool to see where you can stock up. Whether you’re headed to a big tailgate or down to the beach for a vacation, a little Serda in the cooler won’t let you down.
Of course, nothing beats having it right in sight of where it’s brewed, so make Serda Brewing’s tap room a stop on your next visit to Mobile, AL.
600 Government St.
Mobile, AL 36602
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About MINI Takes the States:
We discovered Serda Brewing and Callaghan’s on MINI Takes the States. This is our third time motoring around the country with hundreds (seriously, hundreds) of MINIs. Every two years, MINI puts together a route full of fun activities and adventures for any MINI owner to participate for an remarkably reasonable fee.
The best part? It’s for charity! This year, MINI and MINI owners worked with Feeding America to generate over 1 MILLION meals for those in need through this year’s event! (More on that here)
Not only did we enjoy taking the backroads in our slick, new MINI hardtop, but we also enjoyed the camaraderie that permeates through the MINI community.
Click here for more on MINI Takes the States.