From Birmingham to Fairhope: Meet Ferus By The Bay


Alan Alford and his real estate partner, Coby Lake, were actively involved in the commercial aspect of real estate development when they saw the potential of the craft brewery industry in Alabama. They seized the opportunity to establish Avondale Brewing Company, which became a catalyst for the revitalization of the Avondale area in Birmingham. This microbrewery and eatery ignited an explosion of growth, with coffee shops, bars, and restaurants flocking to this historic neighborhood.

After successfully building Avondale Brewing Company, the partners ventured into Downtown Trussville, where Ferus Artisan Ales became the centerpiece of their new venture. Offering craft beer, delectable food, and live entertainment, Ferus Artisan Ales quickly became a sought-after destination for private events, weddings, parties, and meetings in its unique venue space.

When the opportunity arose in Fairhope, Alan and his family moved there to embark on their next chapter. Initially planning a high-end cocktail bar named Church Street Confessional, they embraced the Ferus branding due to its established reputation. They transformed a century-old home into the exquisite Ferus by the Bay, though the pandemic did present some challenges, they managed to overcome them with the help of skilled contractors.

Celebrating its one-year anniversary in May, Ferus by the Bay is a family-owned and operated microbrewery and restaurant. While the brewing takes place in Trussville due to space constraints, they pride themselves on offering an impressive variety of beers, including a strong sour program, pilsners, PA\’s, and flavored stouts. Additionally, they feature rotating guest taps to cater to every beer lover\’s preferences.

Beyond the brews, Ferus by the Bay offers a unique twist on classic cocktails like margaritas, mules, mojitos, and martinis for those seeking alternatives. Their \”eatery\” menu complements the brews perfectly, with a wide range of snacks, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and entrees, all cooked to order. Whether you prefer dining inside or on the patio, Ferus by the Bay promises a delightful experience.

Embracing their passion for live music, they host monthly performances, weather permitting. With their doors open from Tuesday through Sunday, Ferus by the Bay invites you to savor an extraordinary blend of craft beers, delicious food, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Ferus By the Bay • 51 South Church Street Fairhope, AL 36532 • 251-928-9014