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Each department for Tennessee Craft Beer Magazine highlights the excursions, lifestyles of craft beer, home brewing, beer pairings and more.

 

CHITOSAN NEW VEGAN FLOCCULANT COULD REVOLUTIONIZE REAL ALE CLARIFICATION

Following a year of successful trials Plater Bio is now manufacturing a natural ingredient that could revolutionise the real ale industry! The product is called chitosan and is extracted from specially cultured fungi.

This radical development makes Plater Bio the only manufacturer of fungal chitosan outside of China. It is...Read More »


Beer Festival Etiquette

Beer Festival Etiquette 101: Do’s and Don’ts

Get yo’ friends together.

Now that the warm weather has arrived, you can expect to see a beer fest take place every other weekend. These days they are a dime a dozen; some are better than others,...Read More »


What’s the big deal about high gravity beer in Tennessee?

For starters, a high gravity beer is based upon the specific state guidelines which set forth what they will permit to be brewed within the state. For Tennessee, it was previously set below 6.3%. Many of us are now rejoicing since as of January 1st, the alcohol by volume (ABV)...Read More »


Beer 101 - An Idiot's Guide to Beer

Hello fellow beer enthusiasts, the purpose of the particular article is to help educate those people in the ever- expanding craft beer world who are new to craft beer or have questions as to what certain things mean. As a beertender, I am often asked questions like what does...Read More »


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Tasting notes from Black Belle from Blackstone Brewery

Blackstone Brewery has been working with Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery who creates the amazing creations of Belle Meade Bourbon. Blackstone has partnered with Nelson’s Green Brier to create a brew that is in “NO WAY FOR THE FAINT OF HEART”!

I wasn’t expecting what I found in the bottle. This beer...Read More »


Joseph Lenn Showcases Traditional Wood-Fire Cooking and Local Beer at J.C. Holdway in Knoxville

Blackberry Farm alum and James Beard award-wining chef Joseph Lenn opened J.C. Holdway to showcase locally and regionally sourced ingredients cooked using traditional wood-fire techniques. The restaurant name and mission also honor Lenn’s Uncle Joe Holdway, a life-long bachelor and restaurant diner whose...Read More »


Lindsey’s Weekly Top 5

It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally HERE! As we ring in the New Year, craft beer lovers can rejoice! What do you mean, Lindsey? Well, let me tell you! Your favorite Casual Pint can FINALLY carry beer up to 10.1%. What does this mean for fellow...Read More »


Christmas Seasonal Ales Tasting Notes - Abita

Abita – Christmas Ales

The Abita Christmas Ale shines as a true contender on my holiday tasting this year. I found the Abita Christmas Ale to be a beautiful hue of dark orange copper.   With a determined stream of bubbles the effervescence disappears into a nice think head. Hints...Read More »


Tasting Notes, 2016 Winter Saison Blackberry Farm

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The Blackberry Farms Winter Saison 2016 was a surprising beer that I had the pleasure to taste right before Thanksgiving. What I found surprising with this beer was how in many ways it resembled a Dunkelweizen with a blatant exhibition of light and dark wheat and yeast that developed...Read More »


Beer 101 - An Idiot's Guide to Beer

Hello fellow beer enthusiasts, the purpose of the particular article is to help educate those people in the ever- expanding craft beer world who are new to craft beer or have questions as to what certain things mean. As a beertender, I am often asked questions like what does...Read More »


Lindsey's Weekly Top 5

New Locations for the The Casual Pint Opening in Hixson, TN on December 2nd and in Sevierville, TN  on December 23rd

This Weeks Top 5 Beers from the Causal Pint are:

North Coast: Old No. 38 Stout

Old No. 38 Stout is named for a retired California Western Railroad steam...Read More »


Christmas Seasonal Ales Tasting Notes - Harpoon

Harpoon – UFO Winter Blond Ale

This beer pours light straw yellow and a decent moderate white head. The aromas from the initial pour surprise with a definite coffee tone. The mouth flavor is typical blonde profiles with a prominent fresh brewed ice coffee flavor. The overall experience is...Read More »


Thanksgiving Pairings from Lindsey's

The Black Abbey: Guy Fawkes

Remember, Remember, The Black Abbey Guy Fawkes of November? This seasonal brew is a perfect pairing with your traditional bird. The English Brown Ale blends English malts and American hops to create slightly smoky well-rounded brown ale. With only 18 IBUs this subtle...Read More »


Lindsey's Weekly Top 5 Beer Picks


Highland: Cold Mountain Winter Ale

Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale. ‘Tis the season! Highland finally released its annual seasonal brew! Cold Mountain is a winter warmer that has a malty body with a mixture of spices with hints of vanilla flavors. Check out ALL Casual Pint locations in...Read More »


Lindsey's top 5 Beer Picks for the week

Einstök Icelandic White Ale

Not only do I recommend this beer, but tons of my friends have fallen in love with this full-flavored crisp white ale. Einstök Brewery is located just 60 miles south of the Artic circle in Akureyri, Iceland. They use the purest and freshest water from rain and...Read More »


Greenman The Thriller Saison - Beer Review

It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking in the dark. Well, not evil. Delicious, but not evil. ‘Cause this is Thriller.

Greenman’s fall seasonal is a Blood Orange Saison. The glowing yellow eyes give you a hint that Thriller is a different kind of beer. Along with...Read More »


Christmas Seasonal Ales Tasting Notes - Terrapin

Terrapin – Moo-Hoo Stout

This is a stout in the truest of styles. Opaque black to slightly illuminated brown halo displays no carbonation while a light to medium body in the stout style is represented in the glass. The aromas of dark roasted malt and chocolate play with a...Read More »


The Pour House Bistro + Wine Bar - Crossville, TN

Sometimes it pays to go off the beaten path. For those of us who seem to be keeping I-40 hot between three of Tennessee’s major cities, the interstate fare between those places can be uninspiring at best. If you’re willing to go a little further than the ring of...Read More »


Bitchin's Kitchens ~ Homegrown Taproom and Marketplace

Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace opened its doors last year in an unassuming strip mall in Donelson, bringing local and regional craft beer and food to the expanding neighborhood 15-minutes East of downtown Nashville. With a relaxed and inviting atmosphere, Homegrown has quickly become a neighborhood hangout for locals...Read More »


The Art of Craft Beer

The road leading up to Blackberry Farm winds gently through the hills of East Tennessee. Transition abounds along the way as farms and homes are slowly being buttressed by modern creations that pay homage to the past with an eye towards the future. Blackberry Farm lies at the...Read More »


Chef Jason Rogers of Oskar Blues at Hangout Oyster Cookoff w/ Melissa Corbin

The 9th Annual Hangout Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend took place November 4-5, 2016 on the sugary white sands of Gulf Shores, Alabama. During the craft beer portion of the festival on Friday night, attendees sipped from more than 20 breweries including regional favorites such as Read More »


The Humidor; Old School Feel, New School Tastes

Oliva V Melanio Gran Reserva Limitada with Yee Haw Dunkel beer

Town squares have been staples of bustling city downtowns for centuries. They have been the epicenter of commerce, politics...Read More »


Smoker's Abbey; East Nashville's One-Stop Shop

In the heart of East Nashville, where Gallatin Avenue turns into Main St. is a small slice of heaven where locals and tourists can gather 7 days a week…and most days, into the wee hours of the morning. Smoker’s Abbey, which opened in 2013, is a small neighborhood...Read More »


Tennessee Waltzing

As with most things that some view as “trendy”, the art of making and enjoying small batch and craft beer has been around for decades. Much like the cigar boom of the 90’s, people are starting to pay particular attention to craft brewing and it’s popularity…and as a result we...Read More »


Editor's Corner

Time for another round. We are getting better and more efficient and

now expect to be on schedule for the actual seasons. So we pulled a sort of Monty Python and the Holy Grail move and skipped summer and moved directly into fall. This will make everything more timely and...Read More »


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