Congratulations Knoxville! We made it. After countless pints, posts, tweets, untappd check-ins, visits to see our local brewers, beer gardens and restaurants/bars – not to mention rallying around anything to support the local craft beer scene; we have a week to celebrate. A week to call our own – our very own craft beer week. Pause for a moment – let that sink in. Think about all those times you traveled to other cities or watched longingly on Facebook as friends and fellow enthusiasts discussed what was happening in Asheville, Nashville, Milwaukee and Whoville. Now we have our own – it’s our time to celebrate, to rally around our local purveyors of tasty goodness and enjoy each other’s company over some good beer!

Now, I like putting images in my posts. I’m a visual guy – I like books with pictures, instructions with pictures and pictures in our posts as it helps distract you from grammatical errors. Alas, I could not find a logo for this historical week so what did I do? I made one. Why? Because you deserve it my friends. It’s not magnificent as I had envisioned it in my head but if you had a digital refrigerator, I’d like to think you’d put it on there. It would also transfer nicely to a 6’x4′ flag should any parades or other appropriate events present themselves.

Below you’ll find a list of the day-to-day activities with applicable links, costs and times.  As I get more info, I’ll update this page- or – if you run across info, send it my way in the comments below so we all stay appropriately updated.

Monday, June 18th
Start the week off right by treating your body to a Fun Run at The Bearden Beer Market with Brixx pizza. Money raised from the run and food ($1 pizza and $1 beer) go to a local Make-a-Wish child. 6:30 – be there!

Tuesday, June 19th
The Public House – a cask night with Yazoo Brewing Company – Hop Project dry hopped w/ Zythos hops – 6pm.
Preservation Pub – pint night with Sweetwater Brewing Company.

Wednesday, June 20th
Barley’s Taproom & Pizzaria – Yazoo/Spiegelau Tasting event- $30/head – reservations required, 5-7pm limited to 45 people. Click here for more details.
Suttree’s High Gravity Tavern –  Sweetwater Brewing Company trivia night.
The Casual Pint – Beer Floats with Saw Works Brewing Company! $4 per float with Saw Works Brown Ale and vanilla ice cream. 6-8pm – more details here.

Thursday, June 21st
Aubrey’s Cedar Bluff – Beer and chocolate night
Central Flats and Taps – 6pm – high gravity tasting! 8 high gravity beers from Brooklyn Brewery, Sweetwater Brewing Company and New Belgium! $10 – music from two local blue grass artists on the patio.
The Market in Maryville – Seafood Boil and Saw Works Brewing Launch Party. $15 all you can eat and $3 pints. 5-8pm
Little River Beer Club/The Lily Barn – bi-annual home brew and potluck at The Lily Barn @7pm. Bring your favorite dish and/or home brew to share and whatever else you might like to drink.

Friday, June 22nd
Bearden Beer Market – Brewer’s Reception 7-9pm

Saturday, June 23rd
Wounded Warrior 5K – we posted about this the other day and are already signed up and ready to go. Don’t let a 5K scare you – if the snobs can do it anyone can. It’s a good cause to boot. 8am at the Southern Railway Terminal.
Knoxville Brewfest 2012 – more info can be found in this post or on the site. If there is ANYTHING on this list not to miss, this is it.

Sunday, June 24th
Nothing formal scheduled – yet. REST. Drink at least two Kolsch style beers and eat some complex carbohydrates. Come back to and comment on how awesome your week has been.

Monday, June 25th
SunSpot/Saw Works Brewing Company Tennessee Beer Dinner – $45 gets you a five course meal paired with brews from around our great state. Check out the menu here. Reservations are required, so call the Sunspot and reserve your seat! 865-637-GOOD(4663) Great way to end the festivities.

This is a pretty impressive lineup. Be sure to support these guys and let ’em know how much you appreciate what they do for craft beer in fabulous Knox-vegas. From those of us here at KnoxBeerSnobs we want to send out a  BIG thank you to the brewers, restaurants and bars that are making this possible. Throughout the week several charitable causes will also have money raised in their name including Make-A-Wish, Cure Duchenne and Wounded Warriors. Also want to send a big thanks to our friends at Eagle Distributing Company for encouraging these events and bringing tasty beverages to K-town.

Now, we want you to BE SAFE – so choose a designated driver and DRINK UP!