Things to Do: Visit Back Forty Beer Company in Gadsden

Visit Back Forty Beer Company in Gadsden

Visit Back Forty Beer Company in Gadsden for the taste of complex craft beer made with heart in the Deep South! In fact, now is the perfect time to unwind and sip a cold one on the newly-added patio with plenty of outdoor seating.

What’s Brewing

There are many reasons to visit Back Forty Beer Company in Gadsden. First of all, it is on The Crazy Tourist’s list of the “15 Best Things to do in Gadsden (AL)”. Second of all, it is in a cool 27,000-square-foot historic building that was once a Sears Roebuck Warehouse. Finally, there’s the refreshing, handcrafted beer!

To clarify, that’s award-winning, trail-blazing, eye-opening craft beer. The original Gadsden brewery offers all signature brews plus Gadsden-only specials. This extends to the pub fare from the Back Forty kitchen.

A Little Back Forty History

Bringing the brew to Alabama was not an easy row to hoe, but Back Forty Founder Jason Wilson knew it’d be worth the hard work. He started the process in 2009. To build capital while lobbying for new industry laws, Wilson started brewing his first beer at a nearby Mississippi brewery.

Naked Pig Pale Ale hit the North-Central Alabama market in June 2009. It’s described as a delightful, crisp introduction into the world of craft beer. Light enough for newcomers but layered enough for connoisseurs!

In March 2010, the second brew, Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale, was released. Later that year it won a Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival, and business poured in from there! Back Forty Beer Company opened in Gadsden in January 2012.

Back Forty Today

Visit Back Forty Beer Company in Gadsden when you’re in the mood for live entertainment as well. The best way to keep up with current events like entertainment, dining specials and beer releases is to like them on Facebook.

For a limited time, the popular Peanut Butter Porter is back! Yes, it is made with peanuts and has a higher alcohol content at 10.5 percent. Get it or your other favorite Back Forty beers to take home in growlers, cans and bottles.

Location and Hours

You can find Back Forty Beer Company at 200 North Sixth St. in historic downtown Gadsden. Taproom and kitchen hours are:

  • Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Fridays, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition, there is a satellite location in Birmingham under the ownership of Doug Brown.

Last but not least, if you need a place to host a special event this season, check with Back Forty Beer Company. For details and questions, email [email protected].


Gadsden, like Alabama’s newfound love of craft beer, is a pleasant surprise. If you are new to the area or just ready to make a move, come be pleasantly surprised at Summer Waters. You’ll find what you need at prices you’ll like. Keep finding cool things to do in town and other community news by reading our blogs!