Lobbying Lawmakers and Drinking in the Streets with Golden Age Wine

This week on The Localist, Brandon Loper and Trent Stewart, co-owners of Golden Age Wine in Mountain Brook, AL, join Carrie to discuss adapting to the pandemic. Golden Age is a wine shop and bar that has done its fair share of pivoting both during the pandemic and before it began. Brandon and Trent tell us how they jumped on an opportunity before they opened their doors, and how they continually reinvented their business model when the pandemic hit. The pair also had to navigate website upgrades, antiquated state liquor laws, and lobbying City Council to make changes in the community. Brandon and Trent definitely miss the community aspect that drew them to the wine business in the first place, and tell us how they’re coping with that while restrictions are still in place. They wrap up the conversation with how to support Golden Age, fun services they offer, and a few key takeaways. 

Mentioned in this episode: 

Golden Age Wine, (205) 848-8877

Church Street Coffee and Books 

Grassroots Wine 


Chez Fonfon

Automatic Seafood 

David Baker Architects 

Evolutia: Reclaimed Wood 

The Atomic Lounge

Civil Stoneware


Daniel George 

Brick & Tin

Davenport’s Pizza

Trattoria Zaza 

Golden Age Wine on Instagram

Golden Age Wine on Facebook 

@ThinkLocalist on instagram 

About Carrie

Carrie Rollwagen is host of the Localist podcast and cofounder of Church Street Coffee & Books. Currently, she works as Vice President of Strategic Planning at Infomedia, a web development company in Birmingham, Alabama. Find the Localist at @thinklocalist on Instagram and follow Carrie at @crollwagen.

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