With a focus on local and regional breweries, Huntsville Beer Week features several events for area residents to experience great beer. The week is not run by any single organization, brewery, distributor, or retailer. Several groups are responsible for the week by planning individual events and promoting the idea. Free the Hops is one such supporting organization. Events are still being organized, so check back. However, the kickoff event is now set.

Organizers knew they wanted one big event to kick things off. Southern HOPSpitality is a festival celebrating southern breweries. All Alabama breweries have signed on, and a growing list of regional craft breweries will also be there. The event also features live music from Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. This beer festival will only be about one-third to one-half the size of Rocket City Brewfest, so it’s a good idea to order tickets early. Direct link: http://www.southernhopspitality.com. Tickets are not being handled by a third-party ticketing service like Ticketmaster, so there are no fees when buying online.