A Braided Journey of Community with Braided River Brewing Co

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Multiple rivers flow into Mobile Bay, and as they do so, they slow down, spread out and cross paths with each other, forming a braided river system. David Nelson latched onto that analogy between the rivers and the brewing community, and Braided River Brewing Company in Mobile, Alabama, was born.

Combining this philosophy with the outdoor activities popular in Mobile Bay, such as kayaking and canoeing, David leaned fully into that braiding ideal.

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Welcome to the third in our series of podcasts where we have partnered up with Malteurop Malting Company (MMC) to highlight some amazing craft breweries for the upcoming American Craft Beer Week, May 10-16.

Meet David Nelson from Braided River Brewing Company

Transitioning from being a chemist in North Carolina to a brewer and brewery owner in Alabama, David Nelson has grasped the concept of living life on his terms. This is Braided River’s story of inception to conception (during a pandemic, no less), but because breweries require a lot of love, patience and grunt work, this is David’s story just as much.

Photo Courtesy of Braided River

We talk brewing, canning, and styles of beer – this is a craft beer podcast – but we also talk life. The hardships of opening a new business. The joy of being on the water. The importance of sustainability. The community that keeps us all together during good and bad times. 2020 has been an interesting year, and David has made it a successful one, a braided journey of community, of living in the moment. A journey of realizing that even in bad times, dreams can happen.

“What’s cool about craft beer is that you make these little connections, that little braiding of community. Beer is such a great way to connect with people and build community.”  

David Nelson, Braided River Brewing Co

Malteurop Celebrates Craft Breweries During American Craft Beer Week

American Craft Beer Week takes place May 10–16, 2021.  This annual nationwide event celebrates small and independent craft breweries throughout the U.S. Malteurop (MMC) has joined forces with us at Living a Stout Life and a few of these phenomenal breweries, highlighting their stories of strength and camaraderie during a time when struggles are common, but support and community continuously shine through. Click here to read more on David and Braided River.

Having fun at MMC in Great Falls, Montana

Connect with Braided River Brewing Company

Braided River Brewing Company
420 Saint Louis St.
Mobile, AL  36602

Braided River Brewing Company

Want More?

Check out our other highlighted breweries for Malteurop and American Craft Beer Week. These breweries are phenomenal, and the people are the reason why we love this industry. Cheers to strength and camaraderie during a time when struggles are common, but support and community continuously shine through. Click here to read more and listen now.

There are breweries in almost any town in America, or across the world, for that matter. How do you know which ones to choose? We’ve got you covered with our helpful tools on finding great craft breweries wherever you happen to be.

Need a map of breweries near you? Start here!

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PRO TIP: When possible, please check ahead anywhere you go. Many places are re-opening, but some may not be. Due to the C-word, you need to be prepared for restrictions and closures. Be flexible.

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Shout Outs:

To David Nelson for taking time out of his busy day to chat and talk beer, business and everything in between. The braids you have created in the industry are holding steady, and we appreciate the community. We can’t wait to get back to Mobile for a pint or two with you and your team!

To Galen Smith and Gretchen Jones from Malteurop Malting Company for putting this together. It may have been meant to highlight Braided River for American Craft Beer Week, and that it did, but it also shined the spotlight on you two and the community within MMC.


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