Big Beach Brewing — Where Beach Meets Brew
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
Family-friendly Gulf Shores and Orange Beach might not be the first place you’d consider for a microbrewery business, but when a family with deep roots in the area makes a great brew, the whole thing makes sense.
For its founder – local dentist Jim Shamburger and his family – the dream began back in July of 2015. Jim and his wife had been home-brewing quite a while, sharing their beer with friends and family. It was so well received that they decided to make a business of it.
A longtime fan of local businesses in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, I knew I had to check it out. It did not disappoint.
Pulling into the parking lot, I could tell that the Shamburgers put a lot of thought into creating a family-friendly, low-key beach vibe at the brewery. The building’s pale brick exterior – with beachy colored sign, swings hanging from old tree branches and games in the yard – invites guests to come and stay awhile.
Once inside, I was pleasantly surprised to find the beach vibe continues — with a decor home-brew fans adore. Loads of windows, pale walls and a wide-open design suit this beachfront town perfectly. Industrial notes, like the one-of-a-kind bar top made from locally sourced wood, the massive fireplace and the tables throughout the space, complement the airy feel without overpowering it.