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The official craft beer partner of the World Food Championships -- to be held at The Wharf in Orange Beach in 2016, 2017 and 2018 -- Back Forty Beer is proud of its Alabama roots and its relationship with Meyer Vacation Rentals as its official accommodations provider.

Craft Beer Company Proud Of Its Alabama Roots

With deep roots in Alabama, just like Meyer Vacation Rentals, Back Forty Beer is creating a loyal following.

Having toured more than 150 breweries during a visit to Colorado to visit his brother, Back Forty Beer Founder Jason Wilson partnered with Brewmaster Jamie Ray for help in developing the recipes for Back Forty Beer. Wilson’s goal was to expose Southerners to the craft beer culture he loved.

Ray agreed and came on board as Back Forty’s first employee in 2009. The team, which now also includes Wilson’s brother Brad as director of sales and marketing, struggled to raise the money necessary to build a brewery. So, Wilson reached out to a microbrewery in Mississippi to ask for the use of their equipment to get Back Forty’s beer to market, building momentum to help secure the funds needed to build Back Forty’s own facility.

In June 2009, Back Forty released its popular Naked Pig Pale Ale, which was only available in the North-Central Alabama market. In 2010, Back Forty developed Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale, winning a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival. In the weeks that followed, distribution offers poured in, allowing the company to expand its coverage throughout Alabama.

Wilson found a permanent home for the brewery in Gadsden in 2012. A 27,000-square-foot warehouse built in the 1940s contains the equipment the crew uses to brew its unique beers such as Freckle Belly IPA and Kudzu Porter.

Today, Back Forty employs 22 people from all over the country and since January 2012 has tripled capacity.

The brewery offers tours, and lunch is served in the Tap Room Wednesday-Saturday; brunch is served on Sunday.

Back Forty Beer is the official craft beer partner for the World Food Championships event at The Wharf in Orange Beach, which was held in November 2016 and is slated to return to the Wharf in 2017 and 2018.

Brad Wilson and the team from Back Forty Beer stayed with Meyer Vacation Rentals during the event, which is billed as the "Ultimate Food Fight."

“We are proud to partner with Meyer for this and every trip we make to the Gulf Coast,” Wilson said.

Enjoy a cold Back Forty brewed beer as you watch the sunset from your private balcony at your Gulf Coast condo or beach house.
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