Huntsville Chapter

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The Rocket City is made of a melting pot culture caused by the industry in the area. This culture has helped create an extensive craft beer commerce within the Madison County area with multiple breweries, bottle shops, and tap rooms throughout. This has become the perfect place for the Huntsville Chapter to spread its wings and become one of Free the Hops largest and most active chapters. The Huntsville Chapter holds chapter meetings at least every two months, with many social calls in between. The Chapter is also responsible for events such as the Rocket City Brew Fest, the FTH members Mardi Gras Beer Ball, and the Redstone Arsenal Oktoberfest Biergarden, as well as supporting many other smaller events throughout the year. So come join us in supporting the growth of craft beer in the Rocket City and surrounding area.



Kelly & Steve Vacula - Chapter Heads

As a Huntsville native with ties to the community, Kelly has personally experienced the beer culture shift in Huntsville and throughout the state. Her love for craft beer has grown over the years leading her to become a Free The Hops member in 2010. Kelly has been an extremely active member of the Huntsville Chapter and has served in various leadership positions within the chapter. In her free time, when she is not watching Auburn football, she enjoys cooking and routinely experiments with recipes that include beer in them (her beeramisu is a definite must have!).

21 years in the U.S. Army gave Steve the opportunity to try great beer and experience beer cultures, not from just around the U.S, but also from around the world. When he retired from service in 2009 and moved to Huntsville to continue working in the aviation industry, he was excited to find a growing beer culture in Alabama and with Free The Hops. After becoming a Certified Beer Server through the Cicerone Certification Program, Steve was one of the original beertenders at Wish You Were Beer in Madison where he continued to advance craft beer enthusiasm in Alabama.
Steve and Kelly met through the Huntsville craft beer scene and married in 2016. They enjoy home brewing and beer traveling together. In fact, they have visited over 80 breweries around the country in 2015-2016 and countless bottle shops and taprooms. They have both supported the Huntsville Chapter at various events though out the years, to include the Rocket City Brewfest, Pro Bono Brews, Mercury Rising Chili Festival, Redstone Arsenal MWR Oktoberfest, and the Mardi Gras Beer Ball, as well as many other smaller chapter supported events before becoming the co-Chapter Heads in 2017.

Huntsville Events

Rocket City Brew Fest - 2017

Huntsville Events Calendar


Free The Hops I Alabamians for Specialty Beer is a grassroots non-profit consumer advocacy organization whose successful lobbying efforts to reform hostile laws have helped make Alabama one of the most vibrant and welcoming beer markets in the USA. As a craft beer consumer advocacy organization, our mission is to work within our communities to educate the public, support the industry at large, and remain vigilant watch dogs on legislative processes.