Welcome to Coldwater Mountain Brewpub in Anniston where we strive to make everyone’s visit an Experience! A place for draft beer, great food, entertainment, and more.
“Here,” as in, the “Deep South,” as Jason, owner of Coldwater Mountain Brewpub likes to refer to it. In the late 90’s there wasn’t a brewpub existing in the state of Alabama. Being a native of the state, Jason was confident that there was a market for draft beer not only here, but in the greater Southeast. “Being born and raised here, so much of our story is told at the dinner table with food and beverage. So I knew a lot of good-ol-boy farmers that would pay $65 for a bone-in, dry aged ribeye steak–just don’t make them wear a suit and tie to get it. Southerners have a palate for food and beverage. They just don’t have much [patience] for pomp and circumstance.” With that mindset and the fact that Southerners are “incredibly loyal to local brands” this is how Coldwater Mountain Brewpub was born.
At the age of 40, Jason stepped down as CEO of Back Forty Beer and retired. But after a year of travel and downtime, he was approached for a second time by Earlon McWhorter, the new owner of the historic Union Depot and Freight House. Mr. McWhorter (a philanthropist and the former president of the Auburn Board of Trustees) wished to bring a brewpub back to Anniston, and saw Jason as a good choice to bring that about. Though they discussed possibly opening an additional Back Forty franchise there, the final agreement was to make this new brewpub unique to the Anniston area. With Earlon McWhorter’s financial backing, Jason and his partner Tommy Stevens set about remodeling parts of the inside and grounds of the Union and Freight House, and opened its doors in February 2022. To demonstrate their commitment to the Anniston community, they branded the new brewery after a local landmark–Coldwater Mountain.
There’s a lot happening at Coldwater Mountain Brewpub beyond the great beer and food. We have something going on almost every day or night of the week. Live music is a staple here and with the incredible local talent mixed with big acts from other places we take pride in being the top Music Venue in our area.
It’s all about the atmosphere and along with our historic building we have our Zinn Garden – an oasis for locals to hang and enjoy warm summer nights, complete with deck and ground seating shaded by umbrellas, as well as a firepit and cornhole. Shrubbery has been cleared away to reveal the creek running right next to where the new stretch of the Ladiga Trail will extend. Jason jokes, “We have the only waterfront dining experience in the city of Anniston.”
The current menu offers a variety of modern pub fare choices such as street tacos, burgers and other sandwiches, wings, meat and 2 sides, salads, soups, and some items with a particularly Southern flare: brunswick stew, collard greens, fried catfish, brisket, and whole fried okra. We also like to keep our Menu fresh and Chef Andrew is masterful at adding new dishes at the right time and season.
Our drink menu showcases popular draft beers from brands like Sierra Nevada, Old Black Bear, Einstock, and Jason Wilson’s own Back Forty beers. Along with our new featured recipes unique to Coldwater Mountain Brewpub: Trailhead Pale Ale, Bomb Dog IPA, Criterium Kolsch, and the newest, Smokestack Porter.
We can’t wait to see you here! #DrinkColdwater