TALLULAH LEADS to Tallulah Brewing Company

Posted 6/4/19

Leading Mike to Talluah Brewing Company, which opened in Fall 2017 and located at 1804 4th Avenue in Downtown Jasper was an honor for me.  I mean, the name says it all!  While I was …

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TALLULAH LEADS to Tallulah Brewing Company


Leading Mike to Talluah Brewing Company, which opened in Fall 2017 and located at 1804 4th Avenue in Downtown Jasper was an honor for me.  I mean, the name says it all!  While I was learning all the in’s and out’s of beer, wine, and cider making, running a brewery and some Cordova history, Mike was sampling his favorite rose’ wine made by operators and owners Drew Gilbert and Josh Bagwell.  

Drew and Josh keep 14 beers on tap, 6-8 bottles of different wines (including Mike’s rose’), and 2 ciders.  As a nod to William Brockman Bankhead, U.S. Speaker of the House of Jasper, TBC keeps The Gavel Porter on tap.  And as much as I like to tell you that the brewery is named after my namesake, William’s daughter Tallulah Brockman Bankhead, star of stage and screen, the truth is that its origins go back to Jasper’s sister city of Cordova, where the Honorable Drew Gilbert continues to serve as mayor.  More about that in a bit.

Did you know what is named after my namesake?  That would be the Tallulah Half-Marathon, 5K, and 1-mile Fun Run!  Angie Jo Harris, my hero because she tells Mike what to do, is the race administrator, and this 4th Annual event is happening this Saturday, June 8th  in Downtown Jasper!  Start at the Square, and end at the Square!  If you haven’t registered, do so now at www.tallulahhalf.com and afterwards get a free beer by showing your running bib at Tallulah Brewing Company!  Also, enjoy their new patio area that Kevin, Drew’s dad, led the charge on building.  I’ll be there, dahling, for pawtographs.    

Talluah Brewing Company is a real family affair, made up of not just Drew and Josh, but five other members of the Gilbert and Bagwell families.  In addition to Drew and Josh, I always see Kevin, Drew’s dad and builder extraordinaire along with Keri, Drew’s sister and Josh’s wife, taproom beer/wine/cider slinger extraordinaire and every now and then, Drew’s daughter named (you guessed it) Tallulah.  They were all so much fun at the Pints for Puts fundraiser in April hosted at TBC that benefitted RUFF, Rescuers United for Fur Babies.  I met a lot of new friends for a great purpose while Mike sampled the rose’.

In addition to the Pints for Pups, other events going on at Tallulah include B-I-N-G-O on Tuesdays and Trivia on Thursdays with The Ostrich.  Mike has been there on Thursdays with Terri Berri, Barbara Brown Medders, Holly Trawick, Zack Baker, Erin Drummond Baker, and Phillip Lee and because of their help has made some strides on not winning, but finishing toward the top!  I was left home those nights (eye roll).

Finally, back to the history of the naming of Tallulah Brewing Company.  Captain Benjamin McFarland Long, Mexican-American war veteran, the Founder of Cordova, the builder of the Long Mansion circa 1883, and charter member of Long Memorial United Methodist Church had a son H. Whitt Long.  H. Whitt married Tallulah (not Bankhead), and then around the turn of the century built the Tallulah Hotel, naming it after his wife.  Mike has a photograph, by Pat Nelson, of the iconic tile floor at the Tallulah Hotel hanging at the house.  It’s one of his favorites.  He also has 2 commissioned pieces inspired by Tallulah Bankhead by local artists and siblings, Bill Young and Heidi Young Batson.  And then there’s the brewery and the Half-Marathon, and oh yeah, ME!  That’s a lot of Tallulah!