Falling in Love with Knoxville Beers
I have been a lover of beer and beer people for as long as I can remember. When I discovered craft beer and taprooms, I knew I had found “my people.” There is a difference in going beering and going to bars or enjoying cocktails in a club. Beering is a community, a family, and no one cares (not even the snobs of the bunch) if you drink a pilsner, an IPA or a Porter, just as long as you’re willing to try something. You can ask questions and get real answers from real brewers or the crew they surround themselves with. You will find they don’t take who is behind their bars lightly. Most of them know everything about the product they are serving.
In the last few months I have witnessed the generosity and kindness of Knoxville’s beering community up close. I held a fundraiser with Last Days of Autumn Brewery for CureSearch Children’s Cancer Research in September. The generosity of the Knoxville breweries helped us raise over $13,000 for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. They came through and it made a huge difference. A few weeks later, we found the community grieving the loss of Ben Seamons, a brewer at Alliance Brewing Co. Again, I watched as the family was cared for and loved, along with any person who knew Ben and wished they had known him better. “It’s never the people we need less of….” were the words of a friend when I spoke of Ben. Truer words could not have been said in remembrance of him.
This time of year, while beautiful, is always a little melancholy as the leaves fall and days grow chillier and darker. Plus, I am not a lover of Octoberfest and pumpkin beers, so I struggle. Ok, just kidding, I like some, but very few. Maybe someone will surprise me this year.
Pretentious Beer and Glass Company's New Taproom/Craft Beer Bar
We do have some awesome things to celebrate this fall season though. With the opening of Pretentious Beer and Glass Company's taproom happening on Saturday, October 22, 2016, we will be treated to yet one more awesome place to sip a beer, in one of the glasses they make, by the way. Join us on October 22 at 4 p.m. to celebrate their new craft beer bar. There will be a free concert at 9 p.m. and the fun will continue until midnight. This place is unique and I can’t wait to make it a regular stop on my rounds.
I know of a few more breweries preparing but don’t have a definite time frame. Others are expanding operations and will have some awesome changes coming. I will keep you informed.
In the meantime, get out there, enjoy some beers with some friends, put away the phones and simply be with each other for a change. This season, give yourself a chance to FALL in love with Knoxville beers.
Let’s go Beering Knoxville!