The Brewing and Distilling Center: A Piece of the Craft Beer Scene Hidden in Plain Sight

Barely off Broadway and Central at 130 Bearden Place is an important part of our growing and vibrant craft beer movement. I’d overlooked it for over a year, so I reached out to the owner and founder of the Brewing and Distilling Center, Todd White, to find out exactly what the place is about. I […]

Elst Brewing Company Opens on North Central

It’s located north Knoxville, one of the booming areas around downtown. Elst Brewing Company, at 2417 North Central Street joins Loch and Key Productions and Steamboat Sandwiches, both of which I’ve recently profiled, in an adjoined building that is serving as an anchor in the area’s emerging new development. The new company is the product […]

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 […]