THE ALABAMA SWEET TEA STORY

The Alabama Sweet Tea Company first began to take shape when Wes Willis, a musician, and Golson Foshee, a real estate developer, began an unlikely friendship and discovered their mutual desire to invest in their community and share their love of the South.

While founded in 2015 and dreamed up many years before, the Alabama Sweet Tea Company’s origins can be traced back much further—to years of enjoying homemade sweet tea at family gatherings, lunch after church or simply around the dinner table and even to Wes’s childhood memories of hot summer days playing in the yard and coming into his grandmother’s kitchen for an ice-cold glass of her homemade sweet tea.

With so much family tradition backing us up, we knew we wanted to do things the old-fashioned way—no artificial stuff, no preservatives. So we went to work sourcing the finest ingredients around: our own custom blend of high quality loose-leaf tea leaves, pure cane sugar, and hand-squeezed fruit juice. We spent countless hours blending and re-blending, brewing and re-brewing, to fine-tune our recipe. And in our search for the perfect tea blend, ideal steep time, and just-right amount of cane sugar, we relied on everything from family recipes to taste testings with our children, friends—and anyone else we could invite in for a glass!

OUR FOUNDERS

WES WILLIS

As a musician, Wes has spent the last decade on the road traveling with his band, Rush Of Fools. And like many Southerners who find themselves north of the Mason-Dixon—west of the Mississippi—and beyond—Wes relishes the experience of soaking up a new place, but always feels the strong pull to return home to the Deep South trip after trip. It’s this love for his home that eventually led to the founding of the Alabama Sweet Tea Company.

 

GOLSON FOSHEE

Golson was born and raised in Montgomery and has spent his career as a real estate developer working to improve his community. His current focus is the revitalization of downtown Montgomery, and this ongoing passion for the city’s betterment led to his involvement in the founding of the Alabama Sweet Tea Company. Golson also serves as worship leader for a small church in his community.