8. Local Craft Spirits

Top Reasons to Love

Opelika is the proud home of not just one but two craft spirit makers: John Emerald Distiling Company has been making fine liqours including whiskey, gin, vodka, and rum since 2014, and Red Clay Brewing Company opened next door in 2015 offering a variety of rotating seasonal beers, including ales, IPAs, and ciders. Located in the hip arts district in historic downtown Opelika, the venues often offer or are surrounded by live music and a year-round calendar of special events.