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  • New tunnel, premium RV section at Talladega Superspeedway on schedule despite weather

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    Construction of a new oversized vehicle tunnel and premium RV infield parking section at Talladega Superspeedway is still on schedule to be completed in time for the April NASCAR race, despite large amounts of rainfall and unusual groundwater conditions underneath the track.

    Track Chairman Grant Lynch, during a news conference Wednesday at the track, said he’s amazed the general contractor, Taylor Corporation of Oxford, has been able to keep the project on schedule.

    “The amount of water they have pumped out of that and the extra engineering they did from the original design, basically to keep that tunnel from floating up out of the earth, was remarkable,” Lynch said.

  • Alabama workers built 1.6M engines in 2018 to add auto horsepower

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    Alabama’s auto workers built nearly 1.6 million engines last year, as the state industry continues to carve out a place in global markets with innovative, high-performance parts, systems and finished vehicles.

    Last year also saw major new developments in engine manufacturing among the state’s key players, and more advanced infrastructure is on the way in the coming year.

    Hyundai expects to complete a key addition to its engine operations in Montgomery during the first half of 2019, while Honda continues to reap the benefits of a cutting-edge Alabama engine line installed several years ago.

  • Groundbreaking on Alabama’s newest aerospace plant made possible through key partnerships

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    Political and business leaders gathered for a groundbreaking at Alabama’s newest aerospace plant gave credit to the formation of the many key partnerships that made it possible.

    Governor Kay Ivey and several other federal, state and local officials attended the event which celebrated the construction of rocket engine builder Blue Origin’s facility in Huntsville.

Spend Black Friday shooting clays at Selwood Farm

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Play a round of 18 with the family over Thanksgiving weekend — but we’re not talking about golf. Selwood Farm is a family-owned hunting preserve in Alpine, Alabama that holds bragging rights for opening the state’s first sporting clay course in 1990. Thanksgiving weekend is a busy one for Selwood Farm (they’re closed on Thanksgiving Day), including its annual Black Friday event that has become a tradition for many.

For $60 per person, you’ll receive 100 sporting clays, a golf cart to take you through the 18-stand course (and eight additional stands for experienced shooters), and lunch from 2 Men And A Pig barbecue. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in drawings for prizes including Orca Coolers, Russell Boots, Selwood swag, restaurant gift cards, Dirk Walker Shooting shirts exclusive to Selwood Farm, and more.

“Our Black Friday event is something we started several years ago after discovering that several of the same families made it a tradition to visit Selwood annually the day after Thanksgiving,” says Judith Jager, creative director of Selwood Farm. “We always joke that spending Black Friday at Selwood is much better than spending it at the mall — especially this year with COVID-19. We have loved being an outdoor escape for folks during this time.”

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If you can’t make it for the Friday event, Selwood Farm is open daily except Sundays and offers multiple activities. In addition to the sporting clay course, you can also shoot at the 5-stand, play the only Helice ring in Alabama (a European simulated live bird game), and hunt for quail and pheasant in the preserve’s 800 acres. Currently owned by Dell and Carolyn Hill, Selwood Farm has been a licensed hunting preserve since 1984.

The history of Selwood Farm began in 1834 when James Mallory moved from Virginia to Alpine and settled Selwood. He prospered as a farmer and community leader and the land remained in his family until 1948.

Dell’s father, O.V. Hill, purchased the property and raised cattle, sheep, poultry, and turkeys at Selwood. After Mr. Hill’s death, Dell and Carolyn continued the cattle operation and a smoked turkey mail-order business for more than thirty-five years. The Hills decided to turn the farm into a recreational space when the cattle business was no longer profitable. Selwood was officially designated as a hunting preserve in 1984 and the sporting clays course opened in 1990.

Selwood, which means “the king’s hunting forest,” has become a destination for those both in-state and out. Thousands of people visit Selwood Farm each year to shoot, hunt, host events, or take a vacation. If you’re looking for something to do with the family this Thanksgiving weekend, visiting Selwood Farm is a fun, socially distant outdoor activity that you can feel safe participating in. Plus, it’s something the whole family can enjoy.

“There truly is something for everyone,” says Jager, “even if it is just sitting on our front porch drinking a glass of sweet tea watching the sunset over the Selwood hills.”

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Julia Sayers Gokhale is a writer and editor who has been working in the lifestyle journalism industry since 2012. She was Editor in Chief of Birmingham Magazine for five years and is now leading Yellowhammer News’ lifestyle content. Find her on Instagram at @juliasayers or email her at julia@yellowhammernews.com.

2 weeks ago

20 places to get Thanksgiving takeout in Alabama

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Thanksgiving might look a little different for people this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you’re spending Thanksgiving at home instead of with relatives or having a virtual Thanksgiving, why not take the stress of cooking off your plate? Here are 20 restaurants that are offering Thanksgiving takeout in Alabama. You might not even miss cooking it yourself!

Thanksgiving Takeout in Alabama

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HUNTSVILLE

Good Company Cafe

This women-owned, chef-driven restaurant is offering a full Thanksgiving menu. Choose from turkey and gravy or a spiral cut ham, and then select some starters and sides. They have some of the most unique appetizer options, including a pimento cheese pumpkin ball, sausage balls, onion dip, and baked brie. For sides, you’ll find classics like scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole, and corn pudding.

Purveyor

At $55/person for a three-course meal with an additional seven sides, the Thanksgiving takeout menu at Purveyor is a great deal. You’ll pick up the meal hot on Thanksgiving day. Choose from soup, salad, or a charcuterie board to start; turkey, ham, or prime rib for the main course; and pumpkin pie, pecan pie, or apple tart for dessert. Each meal comes with sides of cranberry sauce, andouille cornbread, green bean casserole, creamed corn, gravy, stuffing, and your choice of mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes.

Jim ‘n Nicks

Jim ‘N Nicks offers smoked turkey breast and ham, as well as a number of seasonal sides — including green beans, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes. You can also get larger orders of their standard sides, as well. Plus, a basket of Jim ‘N Nicks’ famous cheese biscuits is always welcome on the Thanksgiving table.

Commerce Kitchen

This Southern restaurant from Huntsville chef James Boyce is offering a Thanksgiving feast at home for $195.  The meal serves six to eight people and comes with cornbread stuffing, a mixed green salad, rolls, your choice of a slow-roasted turkey or smoked Virginia honey ham, and your choice of two sides from green bean casserole, Dijon collard greens, four-cheese mac and cheese or garlic mashed potatoes. Then select your dessert from pecan pie, pumpkin pie, or red velvet cake.

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Real & Rosemary

Real & Rosemary is known for its homestyle meals with an upscale twist. For Thanksgiving, they’re offering roast turkey by the pound as well as all the trimmings. Choose from options like sweet potato casserole, scalloped potatoes with thyme, Brussels sprouts slaw, and cornbread dressing. You can also order vegetable gravy and cranberry relish.

Ashley Mac’s

Ashley Mac’s is one of Birmingham’s favorite places for grab-and-go dinners, so of course they’re offering a Thanksgiving menu. For $115, you’ll get a five-pound ham or turkey, two sides, your choice of bread, and a dozen cupcakes. Since you bake the items when you get home, you can totally pretend you made these sides yourself!

Iz Cafe

Another Birmingham staple for take-home items, Iz Cafe is offering deep-fried turkeys for Thanksgiving, along with seasonal sides and desserts. Get everything you need from cornbread dressing to classic green bean casserole to homemade yeast rolls. And don’t forget dessert — you’ll want to try the Caramel Apple Bread Pudding with Praline Sauce.

Smiley Brothers

Smiley Brothers in Alabaster is a butcher shop and specialty foods store offering complete Thanksgiving meal packages. For $225 or $275 (depending on turkey size), you’ll get either a 10–14 pound turkey or a 16–20 pound turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls, and three sides of your choice.

Helen

This new high-end restaurant from chef Rob McDaniel focuses on smoked and grilled meats. For Thanksgiving, they’re offering a smoked turkey breast that feeds six to eight people. You’ll simply need to call the restaurant to order and pick up on November 25.

Eugene’s Hot Chicken

Some like it hot … and at Eugene’s you can get just that. This hot chicken restaurant is now offering Cajun fried turkeys for Thanksgiving. You can also order pans of sides including mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, and banana pudding.

Homewood Gourmet

Homewood Gourmet’s Thanksgiving menu is broken down into starters; gravy, sauces, and salads; casseroles; and pies and desserts. All you have to do is get the turkey! Homewood Gourmet’s menu includes New Orleans influences, including praline sweet potatoes, homemade boudin to stuff into your turkey, and pumpkin bread pudding.

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TUSCALOOSA

River

For $100 for a meal that feeds four to six, you’ll get bang for your buck at River. The meal includes your choice of protein (Herb Roasted Turkey Breast, Brown Sugar Bourbon Baked Ham, or Citrus Herb Baked Salmon Filet), three sides (mashed potatoes and gravy, farm salad, gouda macaroni and cheese, sauteed green beans, glazed carrots, deviled eggs, vegetable casserole, English pea salad, cornbread dressing, or sweet potato casserole), and dessert (pecan pie, banana pudding, or chocolate chip cookies). Just make sure to order by Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.

R. Davidson Chophouse

This steakhouse has a Thanksgiving menu with options for everyone, from traditionalists to steak lovers to those who prefer seafood. Traditional entree options include roast turkey or honeybaked ham, and then there are options for the restaurant’s famous steaks as well as pasta and fresh seafood. Sides include sweet potato casserole, sauteed asparagus, lobster mac and cheese, and roasted garlic and gouda smashed potatoes.

The Blue Plate

Order your Thanksgiving meal by November 23 from The Blue Plate. Pay per pound for options like sliced turkey breast and applewood smoked ham and choose from sides including homemade cornbread dressing with giblet gravy, squash casserole, butter beans, and creamed corn. Don’t forget dessert: there’s 17-layer chocolate cake, caramel cake, red velvet cake, or pecan pie.

Urban Cookhouse

For four to five people for $50 or 8–10 people for $95, Urban Cookhouse is offering holiday takeout meals. The meals include smoked turkey, your choice of two sides (from dressing and gravy, roasted vegetables, broccoli salad, or hot cheddar pasta) and yeast or orange rolls. You can also order a pan of apple crisp or brown sugar brownies for dessert.

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Moe’s Original BBQ

This barbecue restaurant has a dedicated holiday menu. You can choose from a smoked turkey or spiral ham and pans of sides including mac and cheese, sweet potato casserole, collard greens, and cornbread dressing made from Moe’s famous cornbread. Another unique thing Moe’s does: if you buy your own turkey, you can drop it off to them to smoke for you for $20.

The Battle House Hotel

The Battle House is offering a six-person holiday menu for $140. It includes a brined and roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread and Conecuh sausage dressing, and more. If you prefer to dine in, the Battle House is hosting an extravagant Thanksgiving Day brunch for $68/person.

Dream Dinners

This take-home dinner service is geared toward allowing you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your loved ones. For Thanksgiving, they’re offering Holiday Roasted Turkey, Seasoned Mashed Potatoes, and French Onion Green Beans. Side dishes are available in two sizes: a traditional entertaining size and a smaller family size.

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Playa

The sister restaurant to favorite Orange Beach restaurant Fisher’s, Playa is offering a Thanksgiving menu to complement their standard cuisine. Order it to go and add in some beachy appetizers like crab dip and shrimp bisque. The traditional Thanksgiving entree includes turkey breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and cornbread. Additional side options include roasted sweet potatoes, sausage cornbread dressing, and bacon braised collard greens.

Ginny Lane Bar & Grill

Ginny Lane, located in The Wharf, has two options for Thanksgiving: a special takeout menu or a dine-in Thanksgiving buffet. The takeout menu is not your traditional Thanksgiving menu — it’s geared toward embracing the fresh local seafood the area is known for. Choose from options including peel-and-eat shrimp, Bayou Grouper, or a Fried Seafood platter.

Julia Sayers Gokhale is a writer and editor who has been working in the lifestyle journalism industry since 2012. She was Editor in Chief of Birmingham Magazine for five years and is now leading Yellowhammer News’ lifestyle content. Find her on Instagram at @juliasayers or email her at julia@yellowhammernews.com.

2 weeks ago

10 new restaurants in Birmingham to try this year

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2020 has been a difficult year for restaurants, but that hasn’t stopped several new ones from opening up in the Magic City. Here are 10 new restaurants and eateries to try that have opened in Birmingham this year, from fine dining to casual burger joints to global cuisine. Most are offering takeout, curbside delivery, and in-person socially distant dining.

10 New Restaurants in Birmingham

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Helen

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Helen opened on Second Avenue North in downtown at the end of August and is one of the best new restaurants in Birmingham. The brainchild of chef Rob McDaniel (previously of SpringHouse at Lake Martin), Helen offers a modern take on Southern classics cooked on a wood-fired grill. The restaurant is named after McDaniel’s grandmother and honors her legacy with a unique veggie-forward menu and a prime selection of grilled proteins. Pro tip: start your meal with the angel biscuits served with cane sugar butter.

Bay Leaf

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This Indian restaurant took the time they were closed in the beginning of the pandemic to undergo a total revamp and rebrand. After hiring a professional chef from New York who has worked in both India and Switzerland, Bay Leaf came up with an entirely new menu that highlights the best of Indian cuisine combined with gastronomic techniques. Try Street Dosa, Octopus Tandoori, and a selection of favorite and unique curries at the 5 Points South or Highway 280 location.

The Anvil Pub & Grill

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The Anvil takes British food to a different level at this new restaurant in the Lee Branch shopping center. Using locally sourced ingredients, The Anvil puts a global spin on seasonal cuisine. You’ll find British favorites like Fish & Chips and Steak & Guinness Pie, as well as fusion items like Fried Okra with a curry dipping sauce.

Porch

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The newest addition to Crestline Village, Porch offers a menu that hits on plenty of Southern and international favorites. Start with The Oko, a Japanese savory cabbage pancake that has become a signature of Porch. For the main meal, you’ll find items like a Cuban Sandwich, Chicken Bahn Mi, and a Truffled Farro Bowl.

Avondale Burger Co.

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Avondale Brewery has long been a favorite hangout of Birminghamians, and now it has a permanent food truck dishing out burgers in the backyard — because nothing goes better together than burgers and beer! You’ll find classic burger options, as well as items like a Spicy Korean Burger, a Mushroom Swiss burger, and more. Get a side of Sweet Heat Tater Tots or Zesty Fries with your burger.

Bocca

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This fine-dining Italian restaurant on Second Avenue North is from the owner of Bistro 218. The menu is divided into Antipasti (appetizers), Primi (pasta), and Secondi (large plates). The Braised Beef Short Rib with polenta has quickly become a favorite option for diners. You can also never go wrong with a classic pasta dish like Bucatini Pomodoro.

Troup’s Pizza

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Located in Cahaba Heights, this new pizza joint is from chef Terrill Brazelton, who was previously the chef of Slice Pizza. Troup’s is a casual counter-service restaurant offering specialty pizzas, sandwiches, and salads. You’ll find everything from meatball pizza to spicy hot chicken pizza to veggie pesto pizza.

Bell Peppers

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Bell Peppers was created to offer delicious food for the carb-conscious. They’ve mastered the art of making low-carb dishes taste just like their high-carb counterparts. You can indulge in comfort food like burgers, pizza, waffles, bacon, and grits without feeling guilty at this Hueytown restaurant.

The Little London

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You’ve most likely seen Little London Kitchen’s red double decker bus turned food truck rolling around town. Now, the owners have found a permanent location to offer their classic British comfort food. The Little London pub in Homewood serves up dishes such as Cottage Pie, Bangers & Mash, and Fish & Chips. When the bus isn’t roaming, it’s parked at the pub for diners to sit inside.

Rendezvous Kitchen

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Though technically not a restaurant, Rendezvous Kitchen is worth noting for its vegan food. This food truck, owned and operated by women, has expanded Birmingham’s vegan options. Vegan food doesn’t have to be boring, as Rendezvous proves with menu items like corndogs, burgers, seitan wings, and loaded fries. Try something new and feel good about it!

Julia Sayers Gokhale is a writer and editor who has been working in the lifestyle journalism industry since 2012. She was Editor in Chief of Birmingham Magazine for five years and is now leading Yellowhammer News’ lifestyle content. Find her on Instagram at @juliasayers or email her at julia@yellowhammernews.com.

3 weeks ago

Milo’s Hamburgers educates kids on voting during election month

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Learning about the democratic process is important, even at a young age. Because of this, Milo’s Hamburgers has teamed up with local schools to educate children on how voting works. The initiative, called Milo’s Civics, is a fun, nonpolitical, interactive program going on through the month of November.

The 30-minute program, which can be in-person or virtual, allows students to learn about democracy and voting requirements; hear from local city leaders and SGA representatives on the importance of elections; and participate in hands-on activities to reinforce the lesson.

So far, Milo’s has worked with elementary students and Girl Scout Troops in Tuscaloosa, Prattville, and Montgomery to teach them about the election process through a variety of activities that encourage them to ask questions and get excited to vote one day. Both Mayor Walt Maddox of Tuscaloosa and Probate Judge J C Love of Montgomery have participated in the program by speaking about the importance of voting and the election process.

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Political parties are explained via “Team Chicken” and “Team Burger.” Children even get to practice “voting” in a primary and general election for the best Milo’s menu item. A sample ballot includes nine “saucy” candidates that are proposed Milo’s menu items. Children will get to see that their vote actually matters, as they’ll be choosing which new menu items become regulars. Candidates include a spicy chicken sandwich, Mexi Burger, loaded fries, and more.

“With election season in full swing, we wanted to figure out a fun way to get the community involved with the launch of our new menu items,” says Mary Duncan Proctor, marketing director of Milo’s. “We know Alabama teachers are counting on local businesses like Milo’s to live out our mission to give ‘a little something extra’ even amid challenges during COVID-19. By allowing students to vote in the Milo’s election, we hope one day each of them will vote in many elections to come.”

But the fun isn’t just for kids. Adults also can cast their vote for the new Milo’s menu here and receive a coupon code to try the burger chain’s new Sweet Tea Shake for free. Physical ballot boxes and the new menu items can be found in Milo’s locations in Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, and Prattville.

An Alabama staple since 1946, Milo’s has always been involved in its local community and continues to do so through programs like this.

Julia Sayers Gokhale is a writer and editor who has been working in the lifestyle journalism industry since 2012. She was Editor in Chief of Birmingham Magazine for five years and is now leading Yellowhammer News’ lifestyle content. Find her on Instagram at @juliasayers or email her at julia@yellowhammernews.com.

4 weeks ago

Alabama artist and TV star debuts art exhibit in Decatur

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At a new art exhibit in Decatur, you’ll see art made from discarded items — including thread spools, pill bottles, tin cans, bird nests, and more — arranged in a beautiful and organic way. Trace Barnett, a lifestyle blogger, author, and TV personality, is turning trash into treasure at his debut art exhibit at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center. Barnett, a native of Brilliant, Alabama, runs the blog The Bitter Socialite and has appeared on the Food Network as part of Food Network Star and Comeback Kitchen.

The art exhibition, named “White Trash,” is on display until November 13 and showcases Barnett’s collection of more than 60 works of art made from repurposed materials and found objects. In his signature pieces, Barnett utilizes manmade items — sometimes literally found in the trash — such as paper, chicken wire, makeup, and old cell phones combined with natural objects such as branches, moss, and egg shells. He arranges the objects on canvas and pours white paint over to secure them, giving the pieces their cheeky name.

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“I believe in utilizing industrial materials to create beautiful artwork that blurs the lines between organic and inorganic so that they seamlessly flow together,” Barnett says. “I feel it is equally important to highlight the integrity of the existing space while salvaging original components and rethinking them in a new and innovative manner. White paint symbolizes purity, giving a fresh outlook to discarded materials and therefore creating a symbolic item from trash.”

In addition to the White Trash pieces, the exhibit also includes complementary works, including a colorful birthday cake made from spray foam; graffiti-style paintings; and cultural statement pieces.

“There is a very personal and intimate approach that I take when working with objects from a specific place or person,” Barnett says of his work. “It’s about respecting what exists while finding a unique way to showcase it in a new light. Great artwork comes from self-confidence, cultivating the eye, and a natural common sense about living life. It’s about finding beauty at every turn and creating something that draws the eye towards it.”

The Carnegie Visual Art Center is open Tuesday – Saturday, and admission to the exhibit is free.

Julia Sayers Gokhale is a writer and editor who has been working in the lifestyle journalism industry since 2012. She was Editor in Chief of Birmingham Magazine for five years and is now leading Yellowhammer News’ lifestyle content. Find her on Instagram at @juliasayers or email her at julia@yellowhammernews.com.

4 weeks ago

Order free pizza to your polling place while waiting to vote

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Did you know you can order free pizza to be delivered to your polling place while you’re waiting to vote today? If there’s a long line at your polling place and you’re starting to get a little hungry, there’s an organization called Pizza to the Polls that’s delivering free pizzas to voters, volunteers, journalists, and anyone else at the polling place.

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All you have to do is visit polls.pizza, upload a photo of the line at your polling place, estimate how long you think the wait is, and submit the request. Pizza to the Polls will then contact the closest pizza delivery place, and free pizzas should be on the way in 90 minutes or less!

text message pizza deliveryThis morning, Pizza to the Polls delivered 10 Dominos pizzas to the downtown polling location at the Birmingham Courthouse. The organization has thus far delivered 38,646 pizzas in 46 states and to 1,670 polling places. Pizza to the Polls is a nonpartisan, nonprofit initiative founded in 2016 with a simple mission: to deliver food to crowded polling locations.

Julia Sayers Gokhale is a writer and editor who has been working in the lifestyle journalism industry since 2012. She was Editor in Chief of Birmingham Magazine for five years and is now leading Yellowhammer News’ lifestyle content. Find her on Instagram at @juliasayers or email her at julia@yellowhammernews.com.

4 weeks ago

The best places to see fall foliage in Alabama

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The fall foliage in Alabama is starting to peak this week in North Alabama and next week in central Alabama. Our state tends to get a later leaf peak, with colors at their best end of October through the first two weeks of November. With cooler temperatures and some sunny days ahead, it’s the perfect excuse to get out and see the changing fall leaves. Here are nine places to visit to see some beautiful fall foliage in Alabama.

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Cheaha Mountain

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Cheaha Mountain is the tallest natural point in the state of Alabama. It’s a go-to spot to leaf peep. With panoramic views from several hikes and observation points in the park, you’ll see sweeping views of Alabama fall foliage. Pulpit Rock is a popular short hike and viewpoint in the park.

Bankhead National Forest

The Bankhead National Forest is one of the most scenic spots in the state, with more than 90 miles of trails through the Sipsey Wilderness. Also known as the “land of a thousand waterfalls,” you’ll see red maples, yellow poplars, oak, and birch trees around waterfalls and on the banks of the Sipsey Fork of the Black Warrior River.

Desoto Falls

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Nothing says scenic like beautiful fall leaves surrounding a rushing waterfall. This 104-foot waterfall near Mentone plunges over a cliff into a canyon surrounded by steep cliffs and tall trees decked out in color. The lake at the top of the falls is also a great spot to catch a reflection of the fall foliage.

Little River Canyon

This canyon in North Alabama gets some of the best fall color in the area. Drive the Little River Canyon Rim Parkway and stop at the numerous scenic overlooks where you can see the fall foliage in the canyon. Little River Falls also is a picturesque spot.

Covered Bridges of Blount County

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You don’t have to go to Vermont to see covered bridges — you can see them right here in Alabama in Blount County. The area has three of the state’s 13 covered bridges, called Easley, Horton Mill, and Swann. When you see them surrounded by fall leaves, you’d never know you weren’t in the Northeast.

Lake Guntersville

This North Alabama lake — that’s actually a part of the Tennessee River — is a favorite spot for boating and fishing in the summer and leaf peeping in the fall. If you’re lucky, you might see one of the area’s bald eagles flying over the serene lake.

Oak Mountain

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The best place to spot the changing leaves in Birmingham is at Oak Mountain State Park. See the reflection of the fall foliage in the lake or hike King’s Chair to overlook the palette of red, orange, and yellow that blankets the mountain.

Monte Sano State Park

If you’re in or near Huntsville, head to Monte Sano State Park to catch the fall foliage. With 22 miles of hiking and biking trails, there are plenty of opportunities to admire the scenery. The best trails to see the changing oak trees are the North and South Plateau Loop trails.

Mentone

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This adorable little mountain town on Lookout Mountain is the quintessential fall getaway. Rent a cabin for a weekend or spend a day strolling the streets of the quaint downtown amidst falling leaves. There are also plenty of places to take a scenic drive in the area.

Julia Sayers Gokhale is a writer and editor who has been working in the lifestyle journalism industry since 2012. She was Editor in Chief of Birmingham Magazine for five years and is now leading Yellowhammer News’ lifestyle content. Find her on Instagram at @juliasayers or email her at julia@yellowhammernews.com.

1 month ago

10 Alabama fall beers you need to try this season

Oktoberfest beer from Cahaba Brewing Company (photo courtesy of J&M Photography and Design)

Autumn is upon us and so is fall beer season. This is the time that Alabama breweries get creative with their seasonal beers, incorporating favorite fall flavors of pumpkin spice, maple, and apple. From Oktoberfest styles perfect for sippin’ outside to darker brews guaranteed to warm you up, here are 10 Alabama fall beers you must try this season.

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1. Frankenhammer by Yellowhammer Brewing in Huntsville

Yellowhammer Brewing’s annual Halloween release, this spicy, dark red Belgian ale is aged on toasted cherry wood that has a slight chocolate roast taste to it. You’ll also want to try the Bride of Frankenhammer, another seasonal fall beer that takes the original Frankenhammer beer and ages it with cherries in red wine barrels.

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2. There Will Be Blood from Fairhope Brewing Company in Fairhope

Fairhope Brewing Company took their beloved Causeway IPA and added blood orange puree to it to give it a fall twist and a spooky name. It’s juicy, fruity, and hoppy, making this the perfect beer for when the weather is still transitioning from warm to cool. With an ABV of 8.2%, it’s on the stronger side of these Alabama fall beers.

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3. Oktoberfest by Cahaba Brewing Company in Birmingham

This Oktoberfest-style beer has become a favorite fall brew for Birmingham beer drinkers. Cahaba offers a twist on the standard style by brewing its Oktoberfest with continental malts, a generous amount of noble hops, and a unique twist on the fermenting yeast. Raise a glass and say “Prost!”

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4. Southern Bumpkin by Red Clay Brewing Company in Opelika

A true Southern beer, this brown ale gets an earthy characteristic from sweet potatoes added to the mash. It’s easily drinkable and packs a punch with 7.8% ABV. Red Clay also released their Lakeside Caramel Apple, a semi-sweet cider with flavors of caramel.

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5. Berried Away from Salty Nut Brewery in Huntsville

If you think of warm berry pie when you think of fall, Salty Nut has the brew for you. Berried Away is fermented on blackberries and blueberries with natural spices and has a sweet vanilla finish with a touch of cinnamon. You’ll also want to try the Pumpkin Ryed or Dye, a Belgian style rye pale ale flavored with pumpkin.

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6. Maple Cakes from Trim Tab Brewing in Birmingham

Dark beer lovers rejoice — Trim Tab has released the perfect fall beer for you. Maple Cakes is an imperial stout brewed with maple syrup, molasses, and walnuts. Just imagine you’re cozied up around a campfire in the woods somewhere drinking this belly-warming beer.

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7. Oktoberfest from Serda Brewing in Mobile

This craft beer microbrewery in downtown Mobile specializes in German beers, so it only makes sense that they offer an Oktoberfest beer each fall. Their version is a traditional Marzen style, which is rich in malt with a balance of clean, hop bitterness.

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8. Steampunkin from Rocket Republic in Huntsville

Here’s one for the pumpkin beer lovers. This traditional pumpkin ale features a pumpkin spice blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. It’s like pumpkin pie in a glass! Rocket Republic also has a Cosmic Cookie (oatmeal cookie) beer and rotating seasonal ciders.

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9. Tears of My Enemies from Monday Night Brewing in Birmingham

This imperial milk stout is aged in apple brandy barrels, giving it a warm fall feel in addition to the flavors of roasted coffee, chocolate, and a slight smokiness. Another fall beer to try from Monday Night is The Tiger That Killed My Father, a vanilla-flavored imperial stout aged in maple bourbon barrels.

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10. Baseball Bats & Boogeymen from Singin’ River Brewing Co. in Florence

Singin’ River Brewing Co. makes a pumpkin stout instead of the traditional pumpkin ale. This dark and rich beer is made with Fairytale pumpkins and a handful of pumpkin spice. It’s perfectly balanced so as not to overwhelm the beer with the flavor of pumpkin. Singin’ River also has other fall beers, including an Oktoberfest.

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