East Tennessee

"Brewdolf the Hop-Nosed Reindeer" Perfect Gift for Craft Beer Lovers

The Perfect Gift for the Craft Beer Lover in your Life

Press Release: David Nelson

JOHNSON CITY, TN: The season of finding the perfect gift, possibly even last-minute, just became a little bit easier for the craft beer lover in your life. Local entrepreneur, and now author, David Nelson, of...Read More »


TN Breweries Brew Together for California Wildfire Victims

The deadliest fire in California history has nation’s breweries collaborating together to brew beer to raise funds. Tennessee Craft Beer Magazine had announced a few of the Tennessee breweries who declared to join the efforts to help brew ‘Resilience IPA’, a recipe beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company out of...Read More »


TN Breweries Brew Fundraiser Beer 'Resilience Butte County Proud IPA'

Sierra Nevada announced the production of their beer, ‘Resilience Butte County Proud IPA’ for their Camp Fire Relief Fund to support those impacted by The Camp Fire. They sent invites to breweries from across the United States to see if they would be willing to do the same. Sierra Nevada...Read More »


Trick or Treat: Halloween Events in Tennessee

Featured Photo Credit: TailGate Brewing

Looking to treat yourself? It’s Wednesday, and it’s Halloween! Nashville, Cleveland, and Chattanooga have places you can get your spook on!

Nashville:

TailGate Brewery: Halloween Bash

Boo! Come hang out at the brewery and trick or treat for beer!
Our party is free to enter and is family...Read More »


Twenty-Two Years of Experience at Smoky Mountain Brewery

By Josh Sales

Mike Chase decided to pioneer craft beer in the shadows of the Appalachian Mountains in East Tennessee. He originally bought the Cooper Cellar with a group of friends in 1975.

In 1996 the Copper Cellar family, who also own Smoky Mountain Brewery, was looking...Read More »


Weekend 4: Oktoberfest & Halloween events in Tennessee

Featured photo credit: Jackalope Brewing Co.

The last weekend of October is finally here! Go out and enjoy some of the Halloween and the last of Oktoberfest festivities near you.

Halloween Bash-Kingsport, TN October 27th @ 6PM

Come out for a night of fun at Tri-Cities largest Halloween party Saturday October...Read More »


Changing Lives One Brew at a Time

The Brewing and Distilling Center

By Rob Shomaker, Certified Cicerone®

Brandon Snodgrass stands tall beside the 7-barrel brewhouse at Old Schoolhouse Brewery in Winthrop, Washington. Brandon is one of two assistant brewers who make up a team of...Read More »


Home Brewed, Home Built

Geezers Brewing Company offers unique craft beers straight from Knoxville

By George Talley

Geezers Brewing has a message for you: “Shut up, and drink.” Printed boldly on the side of each of their kegs, it reflects an unembellished approach to beer.

Geezers has three...Read More »


Spotlight: Ciders of Tennessee

Long Road Cider

Get to know Tennessee’s first active cidery

By Jeff Hulett

Did you know that just down the way from Memphis you can find Tennessee’s first active cidery? That’s right. After two address changes and countless hours on the phone with every government office...Read More »


A Street Lamp Burns Bright

Johnson City Brewing Company

Story and Photography by Rob Shomaker, Certified Cicerone®

It all began quite innocently. Eric Lantham joined his wife, Kat, in her hometown of Winchester, Virginia. In an effort to connect him with the community, they began hosting monthly gatherings...Read More »


City Guide: Knoxville, Tennessee

Knoxville is a city to visit with craft beer in your sights. With 18 breweries at the time of printing, craft beer has taken center stage. Knoxville’s Ale Trail (knoxvillealetrail.com) is the best way to sample all the breweries the city offers....Read More »

Schulz Bräu

Authentic German beer brewed locally in a castle!

By Andy Brantley

Every brewery has a distinct atmosphere and feel. Imagine walking into a castle with a “Great Hall” and a biergarten and ordering German ales and lagers brewed by a German family using...Read More »


Creativity by the Tracks

Devin Rutledge, Depot Street Brewing

Story and Photography by Rob Shomaker, Certified Cierone®

Jonesborough, Tennessee is known as the oldest town in the state. Main Street is adorned with historical buildings and small porches and sprinkled with notes...Read More »


Elkmont Exchange

Charcuterie boards and unique pours

By Jill Thompson

Photos Courtesy of Elkmont Exchange

Elkmont Exchange Brewery and Eating House is something new, something adventurous. Whether it is through their charcuterie program or their sour beer lineup, they have...Read More »


Weekend 3: Fall/Halloween/Oktoberfest in Tennessee

Featured photo credit: Tennessee Beer & Wine Festival

Weekend 3 is here in Tennessee. We don’t have only Oktoberfests, but events for Fall & Halloween! Check out the list of events you could be attending this weekend.

9th Annual TN Beer & Wine Festival-Nashville, TN October 20, 2018

Nashville’s Premier...Read More »


Weekend 2: Oktoberfest in Tennessee

Featured photo credit: Nashville Oktoberfest

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 »


ENTHUSIAST CLASSES - BREWING FOR FUN!

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...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...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 »