Top Headlines: TrimTab named top brewery, New bakery coming to Huntsville

TrimTab named one of America’s top breweries
Hop Culture is out with its list of America’s 10 best breweries, and Birmingham’s TrimTab made the list. The site devoted to beer and beer culture, in a piece by Kenny Gould, picked 10 breweries out of more than 7,500 nationally as those that “best represented the brewing landscape in 2019.” –

Port of Mobile infrastructure money included in Senate appropriations deal
An appropriations package for fiscal year 2020 includes funding for the Port of Mobile. Two comprehensive appropriations packages that together contain the 12 annual appropriations measures are moving through Congress. One of the packages, H.R. 1865, contains crucial funding to deepen and widen the Port of Mobile. – WKRG

New bakery and cafe coming to downtown Huntsville
It took San Francisco Bay Area native Lynn Russell almost 13 years to find sourdough bread in Huntsville akin to what she grew up eating. “It has the right density,” says Russell, a retired schoolteacher. “It’s got the right chewiness of crust, and it’s not as sour as San Francisco sourdough but it’s darn close.” Russell found her new go-to sourdough via Canadian Bakin’. –

Biscuit massacre: Six Hardees close in central Alabama
Six Hardee’s restaurants throughout central Alabama closed abruptly Wednesday. No reason has been given for the closures, but Gadsden Commercial Development Director Lesa Osborn says she’d heard as far back as six months ago the one in her city could close soon. Osborn says she’s looking for another fast food restaurant that could occupy the East Gadsden location. – WBRC

Amazon’s van-buying spree delivers gift to auto industry
The Inc. vans parked outside apartment buildings and along suburban cul de sacs aren’t just bearing gifts to online shoppers this holiday season. The e-commerce giant’s home-delivery push has been a boon to automakers, too. Amazon has built up a fleet of 30,000 last-mile delivery trucks and vans since creating its own delivery network in 2018, and currently handles about half of its own deliveries. That’s good news for manufacturers of increasingly ubiquitous gray vans with the blue swoosh, which include Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Ford Motor Co. – Bloomberg

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