Knox Beer Snobs

Tennessee Brew Works | King Chestnut

News from our friends out of Nashville. We’re looking forward to trying this one. Neat background on the Chestnut tree below in the PR as well. Keep an eye out for this in fabulous Knox-vegas!

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Nashville, Tennessee – November 7, 2016 – Tennessee Brew Works celebrates the American chestnut with their winter seasonal, “King Chestnut”, American brown ale release.

Tennessee Brew Works invites you to celebrate the revival of the American chestnut with the “King Chestnut” American brown ale release. They’ll be releasing this beer at their taproom this Thursday, November 10th, at 6PM (open 5-10pm, live music and food) and throughout Tennessee in the ensuing days.

In the early 1900’s approximately 98% of the American chestnut trees were destroyed by a devastating blight. Prior to that, the American chestnut was considered the King of the Forest as it was the dominant tree in the Tennessee forest.  In the oak family, the wood looks like oak, but was soft and worked like pine. It was decay resistant and it was used to build cabins, barns and fences.  As the mountains were settled, the tree became important for railroad ties, utility poles and furniture.  When it was cut, the tree replaced itself with dozens of sprouts, some which became trees again. Perhaps its most important role was producer of food for wildlife and humans, as it dropped tons of sweet, edible nuts every fall.

Tree researchers and plant pathologists have worked for 100 years to bring the chestnut back to the Appalachian Mountains. Research groups including foundations, universities and government agencies have worked together to provide unique opportunities for the return of the tree to its rightful place in the forest.  Battling the chestnut blight, The American Chestnut Foundation has developed chestnut trees ready for testing in the forest.

To celebrate this milestone, Tennessee Brew Works, and Treeborn, Inc. who developed the chestnut chip, recognize this long sought milestone by brewing an American chestnut brown ale with the mild, sweet nutty flavor that only the King of the Forest could provide.

Join Tennessee Brew Works and Treeborn, Inc. in supporting the goals of The American Chestnut Foundation by helping provide research funds to battle the chestnut blight. A taste of King Chestnut ale will serve as a reminder to help bring back the King of the Forest.

This beer will be available for release in draft and bottles throughout Nashville, Tullahoma, Clarksville, Chattanooga and Knoxville.



Tennessee Brew Works was born from a love for craft beer. A start-up which began over a home-brew session, they ultimately celebrated their first professional brew in August 2013. Tennessee Brew Works is 100% owned and operated by folks in Tennessee. They are guided by their motto: “We work hard to create high quality craft beer that makes Tennessee proud. Our culture places importance on family, friends, and community, and we hope you’ll be a part of it.”


Treeborn, Inc. is a startup company initiated in 2014 that shares its origins in the laboratories of Michigan State University and with the growers of the Michigan chestnut cooperative, Chestnut Growers, Inc. (CGI). Treeborn also produces the one-of-a-kind ‘Chestnut Chip’ by slicing and oven roasting the peeled chestnuts for use in the brewing industry because, as Treeborn’s motto states “Making Beer Taste Better with Chestnuts” is what Treeborn is about. Treeborn is proud to support the research goals of the American Chestnut Foundation and to help bring back the American chestnut tree. Treeborn has enjoyed working with Tennessee Brew Works, to develop King Chestnut ale.