Yellowhammer Brewing to break ground at Stone Middle Thursday with partners Earth & Stone Wood-Fired Pizza

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - 7 months after plans were announced for the brewing complex at the old Stone Middle School site featuring Straight to Ale and Yellowhammer Brewing -- the latter will make it official in a ground breaking ceremony Thursday.

Alongside Yellowhammer will be their food partners Earth & Stone Wood-Fired Pizza.

"Yeah, we're getting ready to break ground on a 10,000 square foot brewing facility that will house the new Yellowhammer Brewing and we'll have a suite for Earth & Stone Pizza, as well," says Yellowhammer Brewing General Manager Ethan Couch.

Albertville-based food truck Earth & Stone is about to make a huge transition from mobile pies to brick-and-mortar fare.

"We're probably going to be drinking from a fire hose," laughed Earth and Stone owners Tina Ford and Stan Stinson who say 2 years ago they never would have dreamed of 'blowing up'' like they have.

"We're really excited because with the space, with the plans that the city has, and with Straight To Ale going in next door, we expect it to be a destination location."

Yellowhammer will have two great neighbors and really get to stretch their brew master muscles in the new space.

"It's a big deal for us because it's being built to suit our needs and so we're going to get everything the way we want and have a nice facility that's meant for brewing," Couch says.

The groundbreaking event will kick off at 3 p.m. Thursday on the track field of the former Stone Middle School at the intersection of Clinton Avenue and Governors Drive. A short reception will follow at Yellowhammer's current facility on 2406 Clinton Ave.

In addition to Yellowhammer, Earth & Stone and an outdoor concert amphitheater, the Stone Middle School development will host a 40,000-square-foot brewery and taproom for Huntsville's Straight to Ale.