Howdy brew fans. If you have viewed this blog before then you must be a lover of craft beer and the tight knit community that is ever evolving here in good ol” Knox-Vegas. Things are getting better here but many of us make weekly pilgrimages to Asheville for the ridiculousness that is the craft beer scene over there. ‘Why is there as many breweries as there churches over yonder?,’ you ask. Why did Sierra Nevada choose to set up there eastern distribution and brewery in North Carolina and not here in Tennessee? Our laws are as ridiculous as they are antiquated which makes our neighbors much more attractive for breweries. North Carolina brewers have come together and formed a Brewers Guild which is a not for profit organization created by North Carolina brewers, vendors and retailers to promote beer supportive legislation and education.
Good news beer fans; several Tennessee breweries have joined together and the birth of the Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild has begun. At this time they have only formed the not for profit organization and chosen the Board of Directors – which gets to the point of this post. Aaron Carson, the mastermind behind Thirsty Orange and Kingsport Octoberfest has come up with a plan to raise some dough and introduce folks to some of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild. Set aside a few hours on July 13th at 6:30pm for the Brewers Summit meeting/ brew sampling at the Bearden Banquet Hall. For a mere 45 smackeroos you can sample beer from Yazoo, Smokey Mountain Brewery, Studio Brew, Moccasin Bend and our hometown favorite Saw Works Brewing Company, sample beer and cheese pairings expertly selected by a representative from ANCO cheese, enjoy apps from The Pizza Kitchen and Nama, and also get a taste of home made deliciousness from a few select homebrewers.
That covers the food and brew portion however, that isn’t it! You will also have the pleasure of a question and answer session with the professional brewers where you can have that burning question answered by the pros. Discussions with the cheese experts of ANCO on how the pairings were decided, and the Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild members on the future plans for the guild, fun beer trivia with SWAG prizes, the list goes on.
WOW, all this and a free T and sample glass to boot for only 45 bucks. Only crazy Aaron could think this up. Go to the website and grab your limited tickets.
Representatives from The Knoxville BrewersJam will also be on hand selling BrewersJam tickets as well. You do not want to miss this year since our own Saw Works Brewing will have their first appearance at the shindig.