Knox Brew Hub Opens at 421 Union Avenue

Knox Brew Hub, 421 Union Avenue, Knoxville, October 2020

Zack Roskop officially opened Knox Brew Hub this past weekend and will host a ribbon cutting today. It was only two months ago that I wrote about the plans for the bar with Zack ambitiously targeting the first week in October for opening. It took an extra week or so to get the details right, but the results speak for themselves in the beautiful space.

For those who remember the location as Casual Pint, you’ll notice large changes upon entering, including a reduction in coolers, leaving more space for seating. Capacity will increase later, but is limited to 50 out of concern for safety during the pandemic. The space is nicely divided into sections, making the entire space feel cozy and warm.

Knox Brew Hub, 421 Union Avenue, Knoxville, October 2020

Knox Brew Hub, 421 Union Avenue, Knoxville, October 2020

Knox Brew Hub, 421 Union Avenue, Knoxville, October 2020

Knox Brew Hub, 421 Union Avenue, Knoxville, October 2020

The front end features directional signs listing local breweries, and the transportation theme is carried through once you enter. The front corner features maps for patrons to pin their hometowns and also serves as the departure point for Knox Brew Tours, which is also owned by Zack.

A map of the downtown and larger Knoxville area, featuring locations of local breweries, adorns one wall. It’s one of the touches you’ll find inside by local artist Lauren Lazarus. As I looked around the new space, the map was being photographed with cell phones. The opposite wall hosts a history of local beer starting in the 19th century, moving through prohibition, and ending with the current golden age of Knoxville brewing.

Knox Brew Hub, 421 Union Avenue, Knoxville, October 2020

Knox Brew Hub, 421 Union Avenue, Knoxville, October 2020

Knox Brew Hub, 421 Union Avenue, Knoxville, October 2020

A bit further back, past the comfy seating and small tables, you’ll find the Knox Brew Market, with plenty of cans of local beer to go, as well as other beverages. Featured are sandwiches lovingly made at Holly’s Gourmets Market, chips, dip and other sundries. It’s a great place to grab lunch on the run or to take to a table and enjoy with a great beer.

Knox Brew Hub, 421 Union Avenue, Knoxville, October 2020

Knox Brew Hub, 421 Union Avenue, Knoxville, October 2020

And beer is the main feature. Behind the bar, you’ll find twenty-two taps, probably featuring a wider range of local beers than you’ll find anywhere else you might want to look. In addition to the wide spectrum of beer-styles, you’ll find cider and the currently popular seltzers. They also have sodas and even kombucha. Plans call for bringing in a couple of wine choices in the near future.

Additional food served at the bar includes four different popcorns paired with just the right beer, a ploughman’s lunch, and a charcuterie board. You can also enjoy a delicious hummus with your beverage.

Knox Brew Hub, 421 Union Avenue, Knoxville, October 2020

Knox Brew Hub, 421 Union Avenue, Knoxville, October 2020

Knox Brew Hub, 421 Union Avenue, Knoxville, October 2020

After a series of soft openings, Zack threw open the doors this past weekend to a great reception. The ribbon cutting is today and the hours for now are Noon to 11pm Monday through Saturday and Noon to 10pm on Sundays

Knox Brew Hub, 421 Union Avenue, Knoxville, October 2020

As Zack said, “I can’t wait for people to see what we’ve done with the place! It’s always been my dream to open a bar where people can gather with friends and family for a good time and great beer. Now that that dream is becoming a reality, I can’t wait to see people’s reactions! We really wanted to create something unique yet familiar with the space and we think we’ve accomplished that goal!”

Comments

  1. Congrats, Zack! I promise, we ARE working on getting the corner of the building repaired (our building was hit by a truck, and our insurance company has put us through hoops regarding it – however, we have been told we should have it handled soon.) I’m sorry it looks so terrible in the photos.

  2. Evan R Winburne says

    Great spot hit it up 2x this weekend. Very good vibes

  3. Yay!! Zack. Wish you the best. Hopefully, we can come out to see once we get thru this pandemic thing.

  4. Looks awesome, Zack. Can’t wait to see it in person. Congratulations!

  5. J. Edwards says

    Zack, you and your crew have done a great job! Super layout and creativity. We know you will make this business prosper. What a compliment to Knox Brew Tours and your ability to support the local Craft Beer industry and local businesses.

  6. Marc Gamnle says

    I’m really happy for Zac and his crew. I’m looking forward to my first visit very soon.

  7. Makes me wonder why casual pint never thought to have food of some kind available. This sounds great. Congratulations.

  8. Happy to have you as a neighbor Zack. Terri Karlsson, Citifid-o and The Tree and VIne.

  9. Jean Reuter says

    WOW! This is fabulous – so proud of your accomplishments. I cannot wait to get to Knoxville and join you and your crew for some (brewski’s) a Wisconsin word!

  10. Ben Savage says

    Congratulations Zack! Wishing you much continued success! Ben & Mindy Savage

  11. Couldn’t be happier for Zack and looking forward to enjoying many a pint at Knox Brew Hub!

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