Good People to Release Bearded Reserve El Gordo

el gordoBIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Good People Brewing Co. will release one of its highly anticipated Bearded Reserve beers, El Gordo, on Friday at Fall FestivAle, the winter beer festival supporting Free the Hops.

“The Bearded Reserve line gives us a chance to experiment and stretch the boundaries of conventional beers,” said Jason Malone, co-founder of Good People. “El Gordo was created using the same chassis as our popular winter seasonal, Fatso.”

A full-bodied stout, El Gordo has already earned a 99 percent Beer Advocate rating. The beer combines flavors of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, rum, raspberry and vanilla. With 13.9 percent alcohol by volume, it’s Good People’s strongest beer to date.

“We first released El Gordo in July 2010 as a result of Free the Hops and their efforts in passing the Gourmet Beer Bill. The beer was designed for fans of big, robust, flavorful stouts and as a thank you to everybody who stuck it out while Alabama’s laws changed,” Malone said. “We’re excited to share it again on Friday with those who love it most.”

Good People will be offering a limited number of 22 oz. bomber bottles of the 2012 release of El Gordo this winter, and the new batch will be available on draft in select locations. Information about the beer’s availability will be posted on Good People’s website and social media.

“The release of this Bearded Reserve also kicks off a series of advances for the brewery,” said Michael Sellers, Good People co-founder. “We will soon have a refreshed look on store shelves, and in more locations across the South.”

The first craft brewery in Alabama, Good People is located on 14th Street, in an area of downtown Birmingham that now also includes Railroad Park and Regions Field, home of the minor league baseball team the Birmingham Barons.

“Alabama will always be home for us, but we want to represent Alabama throughout the region,” Sellers said. “In the midst of our growth, we’ll continue to make room for new experiments in craft beer. Our Bearded Reserve marks our commitment to exploring the craft.”

About the Fall FestivAle

The Fall FestivAle is Birmingham’s fall event celebrating craft beer, hosted by Free the Hops. The fourth annual Fall FestivAle will be held 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Nov. 21, at Regions Field. Tickets can be purchased at

About Good People Brewing Co.

Good People Brewing Co. was founded July 4, 2008, in Birmingham, Ala., by two friends with a love of drinking and brewing great beer. In addition to brewing five year-round “Ales from the Heart of Dixie” beers, Good People also brews four seasonal beers and their highly anticipated Bearded Reserve. Good People beers can be found in bars, restaurants, grocery and package stores across Alabama and Tennessee. More information can be found at Find Good People on Facebook, on Twitter (@GPBrewing), and on Instagram (@goodpeoplebrewingco).