It's relatively easy to find beer from Mobile's first craft brewery Haint Blue at local grocery stores and restaurants. But if you look at label on a bottle of the Haint Blue IPA, you'll see that Haint Blue beers are actually not made in Mobile, or even Alabama. They're made under license in Mississippi.
The local brewer has been trying to set up at the old Crystal Ice building in Downtown Mobile, but a complaint from a neighbor near their property at 806 Monroe has significantly slowed the process.
The brewery's request for a zoning variance that would allow them to set up shop got tied up in court after initially being approved late last year. A bench trial happened on August 10th, and according to Lawrence Specker of al.com, the zoning variance was finally granted on October 5th -- a week ago.
So that should mean all systems are go, right? Maybe. But there is still a chance of an appeal (let's hope not). The judge did require Haint Blue to make a couple of changes to their plans in order to address the concerns of the neighbor, and hopefully that's enough.
Check out a video about the brewery's Saffron Saison...
With the arrival of Haint Blue, the City of Mobile will have three brewers -- all in the downtown area.
- Serda's is getting their facility together on Government; it's in an old tire store.
- Haint Blue would go into the old Crystal Ice building, on Monroe near Washington
- Iron Hand Brewing will be in the De Tonti Square neighborhood, at 206 State Street.
And of course, there's Fairhope Brewing Company across the Bay.
Lawrence Specker of al.com has been doing a great job covering the growth of craft brewing in our area...