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Weekend 2: Oktoberfest in Tennessee

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The second weekend of Oktoberfest has arrived in Tennessee! Here are some of the events for Oktoberfest that are happening around you this weekend!

Ober at Gatlinburg Oktoberfest-Gatlinburg, TN September 21 to Oct. 28, 2018

A festival will be held for Ober Gatlinburg, a Bavarian-style...Read More »

Weekend 1: Oktoberfest In Tennessee

First weekend of October has arrived in Tennessee. Do you have any plans for the weekend? Here are some Oktoberfest events happening across the state.

Ober at Gatlinburg Oktoberfest-Gatlinburg, TN September 21 to Oct. 28, 2018

A festival will be held for Ober Gatlinburg, a Bavarian-style with food such...Read More »

Lester McClain and his Tennessee Volunteer Legacy

Lester McClain fifty years ago recalls his first football game at the University of Tennessee when he was only a sophomore wingback from Nashville. The game was on September 14th, 1968, at Neyland Stadium against the University of Georgia.

McClain made history by being the first African-American football player for the...Read More »

Brew School: Chasing “Pipes” and Dreams at BDC

Dr. Todd White teaches students to learn the brewing and distilling process in a relaxed class environment.

The science and microbiology behind brewing came easy for Dr. Todd White, founder of the Brewing & Distilling Center (BDC) in Knoxville, a hands-on certificate program that trains...Read More »

Fall In Love With The Smoky Mountains

It’s no secret that East Tennessee is a popular destination during the fall. The Smoky mountains are dressed in their most stunning colors, and our friends in Sevierville know how to celebrate.

Of course there are fall festivals and harvest fairs, corn mazes and scenic drives. But don’t forget our favorite:...Read More »


The Brewing and Distilling Center (BDC) will be offering classes just for fun this fall. Six (6) classes are being offered for the craft beer enthusiasts of East Tennessee. For the home brewers, two (2) different levels of instruction are being offered: an entry level...Read More »

Spirits for the Modern Mind

The city of Knoxville is booming with the sounds of clinking glasses and the banter of people mingling. The sounds and boom are derived from an industry of craft, that is craft beer and alcohol. Knoxville may be small but Knoxville knows craft. Not so new to the scene but...Read More »

Knox Public House: Old City Gem for cocktails, snacks and craft beer

Patio at Public House

There are a lot of places in Knoxville to get drinks. There are also a lot of places in Knoxville to get food. Getting the best of both in the same building used to be hard to come by. The food...Read More »

Congratulations to David Wingo! You’ve just won a $100 gift card to Mt. Juliet Market.

Travel correspondent, Melissa Corbin, headed to Dancing Bear Lodge and Appalachian Bistro last weekend in celebration of Ronni Lundy’s newest book, “Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes.” For those of you wondering, it’s pronounced- /‘vidls/. Chefs Shelley Cooper, Anna Bogle and Travis Milton prepared a feast of Appalachian fare...Read More »

Bull & Thistle ~ Gainesboro

Gainesboro not be your first place to look for a slice of Celtic pub life in Tennessee, but co-owner Diana Madli and her staff have created just that on the main square. Diana is an unlikely pub owner. She came to Jackson County on a whim on a visit to...Read More »

Silly Name, Serious Beer ~ Yee-Haw Brewing Company and Brewmaster Brandon Greenwood

It’s hard not to reflect on my childhood memories of 7am on Saturday morning, watching the Dukes of Hazzard, in syndication of course, pull another one over on Boss Hogg and Rosco P. Coltrane. Somehow the words, “Yee Haw” are wrapped up in that memory. Perhaps it is...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 »

An Evening with Ronni Lundy

Who doesn’t like a good ol’ plate of vittles? Add a thoughtful array of cocktails and wine pairings, inspiring conversation in a beautiful mountain setting for a good cause, and we’ll call it a date.

Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro, in Townsend, Tennessee is hosting “An Evening with Ronni Lundy”,...Read More »

Old Forge Distillery

Before you start snickering about East Tennessee genealogy, Old Forge Distillery in Pigeon Forge is indeed owned by two couples who happen to be siblings and in-laws. Laurie Faulkner and Chris Blanton are brother and sister who have invested in the distillery with the respective spouses, Craig Faulkner...Read More »

You Crafty Bastard! A Nanobrewery Makes Waves in East Tennessee

I still remember the day I met Aaron McCain and Jen Parker. They found me through my blog, Knoxbeersnobs.com, and invited my partner-in-beer Don Kline and me over to hear about their plans to open a nanobrewery, in which they would brew high quality beer in very small batches.

It...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 »

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 »

Tennessee Brew Works returns to Knoxville

Tennessee Brew Works returns to Knoxville, Tennessee and just in time for the holidays! Working with wholesaler Eagle Distributing Co, Tennessee Brew Works will be available in bars, growler stations, and grocery stores over the coming weeks.

Beer releases include the “Wildwood Flower” Belgian-Style honey blonde, made...Read More »

Fourth Annual Sunspot Beer Dinner for WUTK Featuring Yee-Haw Brewery

WUTK 90.3 is the only college radio station in the country not directly supported by the university it’s affiliated with. The station depends on events like last night’s beer dinner to keep the lights on and the music playing.

Credit – Megan VenableRead More »

B & T Distributing to Establish Headquarters and Distribution Center in Blount County

B & T Distributing Company announced today it is purchasing 20.75 acres of land on Mount Tabor Road in Maryville, Tenn., to relocate its regional headquarters and distribution center. The new location will bring 80 jobs and represents a $13 million investment.

The wine...Read More »

Bruce Street Brewfest

The 1st Annual Bruce Street Brewfest will be held October 22 in Historic Downtown Sevierville. This will include over 30 home and professional brewers, live music, great food, and good friends.

All proceeds to benefit local charities. Come out and enjoy the fun!

Tickets...Read More »

Craft Beer Alert: The Casual Pint is coming to Sevierville

The fastest growing franchise in the craft beer industry expands to the Sevierville, Tennessee market

Sevierville, TN. October 12, 2016 – The Casual Pint, the nation’s fastest growing craft beer market franchise, is proud to bring its unique craft beer experience to Sevierville, Tennessee. Owned by local entrepreneur Roger McGee, the...Read More »

Fall Pairings Cooking with Beer

It always seems that the last week of August is the hottest, then snaps into fall cool weather, and our brains tell us to start getting ready for the colder months. That means more robust food, and more robust beer. And not just Oktoberfest foods, although bratwurst and a liter...Read More »

Tennessee Winter Beer Fest 2017 - Townsend, TN

The 6th annual Tennessee Winter Beer Fest will be on February 18th from 3 to 8pm at The Carriage House in Townsend, TN. This festival is widely known for focusing on Tennessee brewers in an intimate environment that allows patrons and brewers to interact one-on-one. Brewers who...Read More »

Rob Shomaker

Rob Shomaker has been a longtime advocate of the East Tennessee craft beer scene since he and his buddy, Don Kline, founded knoxbeersnobs.com in 2010. What began as simply a way to keep up with what they had been drinking quickly evolved to reflect the culture, people, and...Read More »