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Frecle Belly India Pale Ale brewed by the Back Forty Beer Company

Frecle Belly India Pale Ale brewed by the Back Forty Beer Company - Gadsden Alabama     

Frecle Belly India Pale Ale is a full-bodied India Pale Ale. This IPA is loaded with fresh hops for a powerful blend of citrus, pine and fruit aromas. The firm malt backbone works well with the bold hop finish that everyone expects from an IPA. Belly up hop heads! Brewed with Amarillo, Apollo, Cascade, Citra & Columbus hops and Crystal & Special Roast malts. ABV: 7.5%. IBUs: 65.

Frecle Belly India Pale Ale brewed by the Back Forty Beer Company

Beer Review by Beer Advocate
Appearance: clear honey colored. White and frothy head. Thick messy lacing. A gorgeous brew.

Aroma: Five types of hops and it pays off. Pine, fruit, and citrus. Redolent hops and nicely balanced with the malts.

Taste: Much like the nose while just falling short of measuring up to it. Nevertheless, a standout.

Overall: My first Back 40 beer. Tried it mostly because their "right up the road". Also I gotta admit I'm a little weary of the zillion ipa's poppin up everywhere. This was a very pleasant surprise.


Back Forty Beer Company
Jason Wilson and Zach Folmar were originally inspired with the idea of Back Forty Beer Company in 2003 while visiting family in the small ski town of Crested Butte, CO. While dining out one evening, the two men struck up a conversation with the Master Brewer at the town’s local brewpub. The conversation quickly moved to the back of the Brew house and lasted well into the early hours of the morning. They left the pub that evening with a vision of bringing great craft beer back to the state of Alabama.

In 2007, after years of developing the concept, the duo enlisted the services of Montgomery, Alabama resident Jamie Ray as Brewmaster for the operation. Jamie brings with him over twenty years of experience in the brewing profession, including several medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO.
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Jamie immediately began working on a series of test recipe’s that would eventually become the craft beers that you see on the shelf today under the Back Forty name. Jamie has over 200 recipes in his range, which means Back Forty will be able to continuously release innovative and creative beers for a long time to come.
In 2008, Back Forty began working with the Mindvolt Agency in Athens, AL on label and packaging designs for the release of their debut offering, Naked Pig Pale Ale. Mindvolt continues to be the exclusive designer of Back Forty Beer Company’s artwork and web space.

In March of 2009 Back Forty Beer Company was founded in Birmingham, AL, with the assistance of David Carn. David is a great friend of the founders and practicing attorney with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz in Birmingham, AL. In April of 2009, a deal was reached with the Alabama Budweiser network for statewide distribution of Back Forty’s products. This resulted in the creation of Alabama’s only craft brewery with distribution throughout the state.

After several months were spent obtaining licenses and permits, Back Forty Beer Company offered its first public samples of Naked Pig Pale Ale at the Magic City Brewfest in Birmingham, AL. This date was also significant, as it was the first time craft beer that exceeded 6% alcohol was allowed to be sold in Alabama. The beers were initially brewed exclusively at Lazy Magnolia Brewery in Kiln, MS, while Back Forty selected a site and equipment for their permanent facility and should be in operations shortly.

From the beginning, the Back Forty team had been amazed by the positive impact that micro breweries have on their communities. And having grown up in a blue collar town that was chewed up and spit out by the industrial revolution, it didn’t take long for Wilson to settle on Gadsden as the permanent home for Back Forty Beer Company.
Back Forty secured a 27,000 Sq. Ft. warehouse that was built in the 1940’s, and Back Forty’s four employees spent eleven months working themselves and with contractors restoring the space and installing equipment. This included working through dozens of regulations and restrictions that have been in place in the Deep South since the repeal of prohibition.

Production Begins in 2012
After ten years of countless challenges and the overwhelming support of the Gadsden community, Back Forty brewed its first production batch of beer at its new home in January of 2012. This also marked the release of two new Back Forty offerings, Freckle Belly IPA and Kudzu Porter.
By March of 2012 Back Forty had received distribution offers from as far away as California & New York and demand was exceeding the ability to keep up.

Back Forty Today
Back Forty now employs 20 talented individuals from all over the country. Since January 2012 capacity has tripled at the brewery. And last year (2012) Back Forty donated over $10,000 to local charities while strengthening the network of artists and dreamers who are changing the cultural landscape in The Deep South.


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