Food & Drink Calendar: July 2–16, 2015

Good People Brewing's birthday bash and other food and drink events happening this week in Birmingham.

The Fourth of July doesn’t simply mark the birthday of the nation; it’s also the birthday of Birmingham institution, Good People Brewing Company.

This Saturday, from 1 p.m. to midnight, the good people of Birmingham can celebrate with the brewery with a backyard BBQ, a Barons game, a perfect view of Thunder on the Mountain and the grand opening of Community Hall, Good People’s taproom and event space. Along with live music and a selection of beer specials, Magnolia BBQ and Fish, Big Spoon Creamery, Steel City Pops, Ivory LeShore’s Gourmet Bread Pudding and Cheesecakes and Dreamcakes will be served.

“It is the oldest, largest brewery in the state of Alabama and was one of the first craft breweries in the South,” said Alcoholprofessor.com. “Good People was also among the first in the South to can its beers (a now-popular trend)…[I]t will soon become available in Florida, so the distribution reach is slowly expanding.”

Good People’s beer lineup includes five year-round beers, aka. Ales from the Heart of Dixie: IPA, Brown Ale, Pale Ale, Coffee Oatmeal Stout and Snake Handler.

Beer Advocate recently included seven of Good People’s beers in its list of the “Top 50 Southern Beers” and named the Coffee Oatmeal State as one of the “Top 10 Most Popular Oatmeal Stouts,” among with beers from around the world, according to Alcoholprofessor.

So, Birmingham, there’s a lot to celebrate with one of the best breweries right in our backyard.

Good People Brewery is located at 114 14th St. S. The Birthday Bash is free to attend.

SATURDAY, JULY 4

Southeastern Outings Fourth of July Picnic — Bartow Arena Park. 617 13th St S. Southeastern Outings invites the public to attend their annual picnic prior to listening to the UAB summer band and watching fireworks. Attendees should bring their own blankets, chairs and food. 6:30 p.m. Free. For more information, call (205) 631-4680.

Music and Fireworks in the Vineyard — Morgan Creek Vineyards. 181 Morgan Creek Lane, Harpersville. Wine tastings, vineyard tours, Natch’s Barbecue and fireworks await attendees of Morgan Creek’s Independence Day celebration. Live music will be performed by Jon Vogel and the Tekneek Band. 5-10 p.m. $10. VIP tickets are $30. For more information, visit morgancreekwinery.com.

SUNDAY, JULY 5

Global Cuisines at the Plaza — Hoover Public Library. 200 Municipal Dr., Hoover. Each month, the chefs at Coffeeology in the Hoover Public Library whip up a new taste from a different country. July brings the best of American culinary traditions to the menu. 2:30 p.m. Free. For more information, call (205) 444-7821.

TUESDAY, JULY 7

Paws on the Patio — Rojo. 2921 Highland Ave. Every Tuesday, Rojo designates a charity to donate 10 percent of dinner and drink sales to. This Tuesday proceeds will benefit Hand in Paw, a local organization that offers assist and pet therapy animals to those in need. 5 p.m.–close. For more information, visit rojobham.com.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 8

Primeaux Surf and Turf — Primeaux Cheese and Vino. For Primeaux’s monthly dining event, the restaurant presents Surf and Turf by guest chef Michael Choy. Five courses will be served paired with five different wines. Reservations are required. 7 p.m. $95. For more information, call (205) 623-5593

Lunch and Learn — Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 2612 Lane Park Rd. Every Wednesday, the Botanical Gardens offer a lunch lecture on the grounds about aspects of cultivating gardens. This week, attendees should pack a lunch and gather to learn about the three statutes of compost, soil and mulch. Free. 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 10

Bards and Brews: Slam at the Gardens — Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 2612 Lane Park Rd. Bards and Brews returns for its monthly slam poetry and beer sampling event. July’s event will take place in the Botanical Gardens with beer provided by Cahaba Brewing Company. Josh Wheeler will play live while poets sign up. Competing poets will vie for $200 for first place and $100 for second place. Free to attend, $5 to slam. 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (205) 226-3670.

SATURDAY, JULY 11

Porkside at Parkside — Parkside Café. 4036 Fifth Ave. S. Parkside’s annual ode to pork involves pig-based cuisine from renegade chefs The Barbecutioners and Parkside’s Asian fusion food trailer Hotbox. Food truck Ono Ice will be on site dishing out dessert and drink specials abound. Live musical performances from Form Constant, Taylor Hollingsworth, Rachael Roberts Music, Rayland Baxter and The Great Book Of John will round out the event. 2 p.m. $10. For more information, visit the event on Facebook.

Katie Lott at Seeds — Seeds Coffee. 174 Oxmoor Rd. Seeds Coffee presents the next in their singer-songwriter series. Try a new blend of Seeds’ coffee or coffee creation while listening to Katie Lott perform her blend of classical and indie piano-fueled music. 7 p.m. Free. For more information, visit seedscoffee.com.