How About a Little Orchestra with that Beer?

We have certain expectations of different kinds of people and groups. Sure, sometimes they are misguided preconceptions, but generally certain groups or tastes don’t mix much. Do you think of wine snobs flocking to hockey games? Do you easily imagine a Prius-filled parking lot for a monster truck rally? Modern Dance enthusiasts at a gun […]

Elkmont Exchange Brewery and Eating House Set to Open

Elkmont Exchange, which I introduced here last March, will open to the public Monday, November 6 after a weekend of friends and family events. Executive Chef Ryan Davenport and Brewmaster Alex Violette, native Knoxvillians and previous owner/operators of of Pasteur Street in Vietnam have expanded their team to include Chris Meadows, former Lead Brewer at Atlanta’s […]

Merchants of Beer Opens At Last!

It’s been just under a year since I first wrote about the coming business. Originally slated to open last fall, that season gave way to winter and then most of spring passed. I’ve been asked about the business dozens of times in the interim. Some readers became skeptical that it would happen, but we’ve seen […]

Elkmont Exchange Brewery and Eating House Announced

The Rentals Rentals Building at 745 North Broadway will become Elkmont Exchange Brewery and Eating House. A team including Brewmaster Alex Violette and Executive Chef Ryan Davenport hope to open their doors on the new business in late 2017. Life-long friends and native Knoxvillians, they love the region, natural beauty and culture of the area. […]

Pour Taproom Coming Soon to Old City

Jackson Terminal in the Old City, after what seemed an extended period, is rapidly filling. All Occasion Catering took one end. Post Modern Spirits announced last December their plans to take up residence there. Now comes word that Pour Taproom is coming very soon. I spoke with Joel McLead who, along with his wife Mariah, and […]