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 […]

Pretentious Beer Company Opens this Weekend

It’s been a long time coming. Almost two years ago, Matthew Cummings detailed his ambitious plans for his Pretentious empire: First, he’d build a studio for his glass production. Ten months later, he accomplished that goal when Matthew Cummings Studio opened in September of 2015. His second step would be to open a craft beer […]

Is Knoxville the “Boulder of the East?”

I’ve heard about Boulder, Colorado since sometime in the 1970s. In the 1960s it became a gathering point for some members of the counter-culture and I had friends who moved there a few years later. They were the first people who told me I would love it there. A pretty long list of people have […]