GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. -- Marshall County's only brewery is celebrating its one year anniversary, and charting new waters in Lake City. Main Channel Brewing Company is expanding, making strides in Guntersville, and the owners say the community's support is a big part of it.
You can see glimpses of Guntersville and Marshall County in Main Channel Brewing Company. The old River Bridge graces its logo. You can drink a Choppy Water Wheat, and the taproom is decorated and furnished with memories of the area.
In a place that showcases what's local and supports heritage, community is a part of it. "The local people have been outstanding, and I mean local people in terms of the entire county," part owner Brett Smith says, "Any given night you'll have Arab, Guntersville, Boaz, and Albertville, all represented in here, so that's been the most reassuring and phenomenal aspect of opening up here."
Smith owns the brewery with his wife and brother, and they're celebrating one year of serving Marshall and the surrounding counties.
They're pouring new styles alongside tried and true favorites in the taproom. The craft beer can be found in stores and restaurants locally and outside the county lines. In the upcoming year Smith says they hope to start bottling and canning the beer to expand the company's reach in that manner.
The brewery is expanding, and it has turned into a destination, drawing in craft beer lovers from across the nation. "It continues to be humbling and we continue to grow at a pace where we feel comfortable," Smith says, "Again, the support from the county has been phenomenal. It's the backbone of the business at this point."