OTBX is a place where people come to relax, or meet someone, or play a board game. Think Starbucks®, but with beer instead of coffee. It’s a virtual taproom / bottle shop with a tasting station where you can try 32 craft beers on draft and over two dozen wines by the glass. And it is all located downtown in the entertainment district where Open Carry laws allow you to walk down to the farmers market or the park with your beer or wine. People seem to love it.
So who is responsible for this little corner of downtown? The idea originated among a small group of friends who attend church together. Brothers Bill and Matt Fowler and friends Derek Simpson and Don Alan Hankins formed a new company and opened the store May 1, 2015. Now through the first year, OTBX is settling in as part of the downtown entertainment scene.
In recent weeks we have been profiling the staff so you can put a face with a name and get to know everyone a little better. This month we are adding profiles of the owners too, starting with Bill Fowler. The owners are in OTBX often so stop in and say hello. Here’s Bill.
A Huntsville, AL (!)
Q How Long have you been at OTBX?
A Since we dreamed all this up about three years ago.
Q Favorite style of beer
Q Favorite band or song:
A Man, I’m all over the map. I guess my favorite band now is Tedeschi Trucks Band. (NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert)
Q What was your first car?
A A Black and gray 1984 GMC Jimmy that threw a rod within 6 months of my ownership.
Q What is something that most people don’t know about you?
A I’m a student of Theology. I’m about 1/3 of the way through a Masters of Divinity, although I have no plans to be a pastor or use it in any professional capacity. Just love to study the complexities of the God + Human relationship.