Goat Island celebrating 7th anniversary this Saturday

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Left to right are Nathan Dockery, Bishop Lee, Andrew Foreman, Hannah Kren, Nick Gerowski, Matthew Schumacher (head brewer), Gery Teichmiller, Brett Haertl, Brad Glenn, Lisa Dean, John Dean, Crystal Schumacher and Mike Mullaney. (Tiffany McKoy for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – This Saturday, April 15, Goat Island Brewing will celebrate its seventh anniversary. Named after Goat Island on Smith Lake, Goat Island Brewing was established in 2016 by John Dean, Mike Mullaney, Gery Teichmiller and Brad Glenn.

The idea for the company came about after the April 2011 tornadoes, when the group took action to help rebuild the area and rekindled old high school friendships in the process.

As time went on the members wanted Goat Island to be as inclusive of a place as they could make it, so they added wine to their menu (which is made by Teichmiller) for people who aren’t fans of beer.

The brewery is heavily focused on maintaining a good community environment.

Said Glenn, “We’ve intentionally tried to provide a safe environment where women can be comfortable, and children can be here with their family. We try to be community minded.”

The Goat Island founders are very thankful for the support that the community has given them over the years. They said they are always looking for ways to give back to the community that has shown them so much support from the beginning.

“We want to give back to the community that has given so much back to us,” Dean explained.

They have hosted numerous charity events in the past and are always willing to open their doors to host more.

A new beer will be debuted at Saturday’s event: Giggling Goat Tropical Pale Ale. This is a special beer for the company because it was brewed in collaboration with the Pink Boots Society on International Women’s Day. The Pink Boots Society is a nonprofit organization that supports women working in the brewing profession, especially in creating craft beers.

Saturday’s even will go from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. There will be bounce houses for the children along with miniature goat petting. Both El Mezcal food truck and Mom & M’s food truck will be on-site as well.

Goat Island Brewing is located at 1646 John H Cooper Dr. SE Ste. A, Cullman, AL 35055.

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