Common Bond Brewers, Montgomery
The Makers: Andrew McNally and Tim Doles
Andrew McNally and Tim Doles are chemists by trade but had a passion for learning the chemical reactions of brewing. And with Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile and other Alabama cities boasting their own craft breweries, Montgomery was being left out. “We thought it was time that they got their own production brewery and taproom,” said McNally, co-owner with Doles of Montgomery’s Common Bond Brewers.
The love for the city and a pint of beer is what brought this brewery to Montgomery. “Some of the most interesting people, friends and relationships that I forged over a pint … that’s what beers meant to me,” McNally said.
Common Bond in downtown Montgomery is the city’s only production brewery. The brewery has four beers that will never leave the menu: American blonde, pale ale, IPA and a rye amber. Since the opening in April, a brown ale has been added.
McNally has started a “hop workshop series,” which allows customers to experience different hops, try new beers with different styles and learn brewing techniques.
The taproom is not just for tasting. It is a venue for music, trivia night and even a 60-minute yoga class with a complimentary beer flight or pour.
“I’m most proud of the fact that I live in a city that has so much history to it, and I am able to bring Common Bond, what we mean and stand for as a brewery and as a business, and add to that great history that I believe has changed the world,” McNally said.
The Product: Craft beer produced in Montgomery.
Take Home: A growler of Ramber.
Common Bond Brewers
424 Bibb St., Suite 150, Montgomery, AL 36104
Taproom hours: Wednesday-Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.