Day 1 Recap: Bristol & Kingsport

Dear friends,

As many of you may know, I posted this blog several weeks ago during the beginning of our epic adventure. At that point in time, I had high hopes that I would write the blog as close to real time as possible. I even "C-clamped" a piece of wood to a metal bar to create a flat desk-like surface in the bus so I could write in transit. 

To be frank, the trip was more mentally, physically, and time-wise, demanding than I had originally anticipated and simply put, the blog got left behind. Starting today I'm going to rerelease the first 5 blogs with updates and additional information and then continue to share with you all the rest of the trip by posting a blog every other day until all 21 days of the trip have been shared.

I truly can't thank you enough for your support and for keeping up. I can't wait to share this story with you all through a blog for now, and then again through a YouTube series in the near future. I will also be updating the website to make sure its the most thorough and accurate guide for the breweries and other craft beer points of interest in the beautiful volunteer state. 

Truly thankful,

Zack, The BREW BUS Guy (02/21/17)

January 24, 2017 at approximately 6:45 AM, the TN Beer Run adventure officially began when my alarm went off and I began going over my check list of things I told myself not to forget. Matt wouldn't be getting up for another hour or so as he's not much of a morning person and we were both expecting Jessica to arrive around 7:45 AM, which she did, and then we set off for our "send-off breakfast" at Crafty Bastard Brewery.

The best word to describe the send-off party is UNREAL. It's been a long time since I had felt such love and community so early in the morning. Thankfully because of Mike Frede from Last Days of Autumn Brewery, who cooked enough for everyone, I got to shove some bacon and eggs down my throat. Those few bites were perfectly paired with an orange Gose that the crew at Crafty Bastard had made especially for that moment. I was also honored to have had two TV stations, a radio station, a podcaster, tons of friends and family, and Native American spiritual guru and dear friend who blessed our bus with sage. After a quick speech and then smashing a Miller High Life bottle on the back bumper (a Knox Brew Tours tradition, its the champagne of beers after all) we loaded up and hit the road.

Orange Gose from CB & LDOA breakfast

Orange Gose from CB & LDOA breakfast

Stryker from 94.3 FM (94Z)

Stryker from 94.3 FM (94Z)

Holston River brew house

Holston River brew house

Our first stop was Holston River Brewery in Bristol, TN. Located near the race track and the river, they have set themselves up perfectly with over 100 acres of RV camping, a huge tasting room with a full kitchen and an epic sound stage set up for live concerts and events. Sue, the owner, started off our tour talking about how as long as she can remember, beer has been a beautiful way to bring people together and her goal is to capture that spirit with Holston River Brewery. Personally, I think she nailed it. In Bristol and you want to camp, see a live show, and drink some craft beer all in the same place, Holston River Brewery has it all. 

Next, we headed over to Kingsport to check out Aaron Carson and the crew at Gypsy Circus Cider. Instantly, we were drawn in by the signs leading to the parking that said “join the circus”. The vibe was immediately fun and I could tell the level of passion for their product was high. The “out-cider”, which is their name for the outdoor area, reminded me on an episode of Rob Drydek’s Fantasy Factory with a full sized school bus with a stage on top, a rock garden, a giant cement chalk wall, and an epic charging station made out of mail boxes. When we sat down to have a few samples, the cider was equally as amusing and the varieties were vast and thought out. All of their products are made with apples within a 2 hour radius and they don’t take any short cuts.

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By this point in the trip, it was time for some grub and where we had to go was obvious, Model City Tap House. Model City Tap House is a craft beer market located pretty much in the center of Kingsport between Sleepy Owl Brewery and the original Pals. As soon as you walk in you’ll notice lots of space and natural light along with a full sandwich menu and draft wall with about 22 taps of hyper local and regional beer options. Will Clark the owner and I met originally a couple years ago in Knoxville and I’m excited about the recent adventure for him. A personal thank you to Will for the pint of beer and an Italian sub .

Our last stop of Day 1 was only a few blocks away at the Sleepy Owl Brewery. The first thing I noticed, and rightfully so, was a full wall mural of an owl with a hop for a nose directly behind their stage. This made the perfect backdrop for another get music venue option in the Tri-Cities area. When we got to the bar, Brian, the owner/bartender/brewer/plumber/janitor/electrician, greeted us. Brian is proud to be a small business owner and as he should. The tasting room was artistic and comfortable and the beer selection was wide and inclusive. I can personally recommend their Double IPA. Sleepy Owl is taking advantage of the new high gravity beer law in the state of Tennessee very nicely.

After a few pints to help relax after a long day we made our way to the BREW BUS to crash for the night. The lack of sleep from the night before due to our anticipation and excitement finally caught up to us. If the rest of the days are anything like Day 1, this trip is going to be as epic as I had dreamed. Cheers friends and thanks for checking in!

With thanks,

Zack, The Brew Bus Guy

Sue, Holston River Brewery

Sue, Holston River Brewery

Aaron, Gypsy Circus

Aaron, Gypsy Circus

Will, Model City Tap House

Will, Model City Tap House

Brian, Sleepy Owl Brewery

Brian, Sleepy Owl Brewery

Next Blog: Day 2 Recap: Jonesborough & Johnson City

Day 4 Recap: Blount County

The beginning of Day 4 was a great start as we woke up to the smell of bacon and eggs. We crashed the night before at a friends house and she felt it would be a nice gesture to make us breakfast before our departure. She was right. With full bellies we hit the road and headed towards Maryville, TN. 

Two delicious samples for the interview

Two delicious samples for the interview

Jessica taking notes during the interview

Jessica taking notes during the interview

367 miles, 12 breweries: Our first stop of the day contained a familiar face, Jason from SMB Pigeon Forge. What does he have to do with Smoky Mountain Brewery Maryville, our first location of the day? Technically SMB Maryville doesn't produce beer on site. Jason, is responsible for transporting beer from Pigeon Forge to Maryville in a very unique way, that to my knowledge as well as him, no one else is doing. They have taken a box truck and converted it to be able to carry several barrels of beer from one location to another. This tasks falls on Jason, hence why we got the pleasure of seeing him twice on the trip. 

Full tap wall at Casual Pint Maryville

Full tap wall at Casual Pint Maryville

SMB Maryville is located right next door to one of my favorite watering holes in Blount County, the Casual Pint Maryville. Tim is an great dude and we specifically made our schedule so that we would have time to stop in. Their tap wall has a great selection of beers to choose from and I've used their back room for business meetings in the past. If you are hungry, every night that have a different food truck to keep it interesting. It was a nice and much needed change of pace for the day.

Wine bottling machine made specifically for BBF's bottles

Wine bottling machine made specifically for BBF's bottles

Zack and Andrew talking shop

Zack and Andrew talking shop

370 miles, 13 breweries: After a pint at The Casual Pint we set sail for our next brewery. If you have never been to Blackberry Farm before you need to stop what you are doing and run towards the mountains. Blackberry Farm Brewery has spared no expense and their passion for connecting with people is unparalleled. Andrew showed us around and shared several of their beers with us. He talked about how they specifically package in bomber bottles to encourage people to consume their beer paired with food and over a dinner table with others. What stuck out the most is their commitment to people. Their barrel room is a craft beer lovers fantasy so make sure you check out our post trip YouTube series for a glimpse.

Sign above the restroom

Sign above the restroom

Bluetick brew house

Bluetick brew house

371 miles, 14 breweries: Just down the road we found Bluetick Brewery. Bluetick is named after a rescue Bluetick Hound named "Blue" that the owner Chris saved after the dog was attacked by a bear. He felt the life of a Bluetick Hound really symbolized the vibe of a craft brewery in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Just as we were finishing up our interview, the Dirty Dougs (a music duo) set up and began filling the tasting room with live music. The Blount County Homebrewers Club showed up to share a few pints with us and it was nice to connect with some familiar faces. Bluetick Brewery is an excellent place to kick your feet up and throw a few pints back. A huge thank you to Chris for having us.

Again, because we were so close to Knoxville we headed back to crash. Jessica emphasized resisting the urge to go out as we all knew that Day 5 would be the longest day of the trip. We found beds, set our alarms for 7:15 AM and hit the pillow. The next day the trip would really begin as we knew we wouldn't be back in Knoxville for over two weeks. Thanks for reading friends. 

With love,

Zack, The Brew Bus Guy

Jason, SMB

Jason, SMB

Tim, Casual Pint Maryville

Tim, Casual Pint Maryville

Andrew, Blackberry Farm Brewery

Andrew, Blackberry Farm Brewery

Chris, Bluetick Brewery

Chris, Bluetick Brewery

Day 3 Recap: Sevier County

Chalk board in the brewing area at Gatlinburg Brewing Co.

Chalk board in the brewing area at Gatlinburg Brewing Co.

Waking up was hard to do on this morning. Nothing to do with the previous nights drinking but mostly because they hotel beds were like pillows of clouds and feathers. If it weren't for this trip, I think you would still find Matt asleep in room number 535 and Jessica would probably still be taking a hot shower in 537. I was the first one up and out because I wanted to warm the bus up. A huge thank you again to the Johnson City CVB for the hook up at the Carnegie. 

Beautiful blue sky and Cider Barn building

Beautiful blue sky and Cider Barn building

Cider bottles, tasting glasses, children's book and mascot

Cider bottles, tasting glasses, children's book and mascot

169 miles, 8 breweries: We set the GPS to head south towards Sevierville. Jessica was pumped about driving through the mountains. The curvy roads and creeks were an excellent change of view. We finally arrived in the middle of a small valley at a zip line farm called Fox Fire Mountain, and located on the same piece of property is a magical place called the Wyile Cider Barn. Many of us have heard about the leprechauns on Ireland and the Gnomes of France, but in the foothills of theAppalachian Mountains they have the Wyiles. Per the stories of these creature, the Wyiles steal apples from apple trees and return months later with beautiful bottles of cider. This concept is the basis of the newest cidery in the state. If you want to escape for the evening or the night, check them out. An excellent spot to take the entire family, too. 

A full flight and delicious brews.

A full flight and delicious brews.

Next we headed "in to town". The cider was excellent at Wyile Cider Barn but we were ready for a bite to eat and a beer. The brand name Casual Pint Sevierville seemed like the perfect spot. Matt greeted us at the door and gave us the full tour. We talked about how the Sevier County community has embraced their arrival and how things have continued to grow in the area. He cooked us some wings, southwest egg rolls, and a hummus plate. It was perfect.

1 of 12 shelves full of packaged beer.

1 of 12 shelves full of packaged beer.

Brew house windows.

Brew house windows.

295 miles, 9 breweries: Now it was time to visit the first of five Smoky Mountain Brewery locations. We pulled into the Smoky Mountain Brewery Pigeon Forge location and could instantly smell the BBQ from their sister company Calhouns. When we walked in the first thing we noticed was several beautiful stacks of whiskey barrels which we later found out were full of a delicious beer going through the aging process. Jason took us to the back and showed us their German brew house. His favorite thing about their location is the amount of tourism they get from all of the world. He's proud to be able to expose people from all over the world to American craft beer as he should be. 

Tap handles at Smoky Mountain Brewery Pigeon Forge

Tap handles at Smoky Mountain Brewery Pigeon Forge

Kegs in brew house waiting to be cleaned.

Kegs in brew house waiting to be cleaned.

316 miles, 10 breweries: We continued up the parkway, through the "spur" and into Gatlinburg. We were eager to look at the windows and see how Gatlinburg has bounced back since the terrible fires of a few months ago. In the true spirit of the Gatlinburg folk, they have bounced back better and stronger. When we got to the end of the strip we took a left and pulled into Smoky Mountain Brewery Gatlinburg. Beau (head brewer) and Brandon (assistant general manager) showed us around. One of the really cool and unique things about that particular location is that they are still filing mini-kegs (you know the tiny ones that fit in your fridge and have a CO2 widget). I was also drawn to the building. It had an old handmade cabin in the woods feel to it with large windows and lots of natural light. After drinking some pints of their Black Bear Ale we headed to our final destination.

Upstairs bar at Smoky Mountain Brewery Gatlinburg.

Upstairs bar at Smoky Mountain Brewery Gatlinburg.

327 miles, 11 breweries: When I found out the Gatlinburg Brewing Co. was located inside the Burger Barn I was pumped. Since the Wyile Cider Barn had cider I assumed that the Burger Barn had burgers and I wasn't wrong. Steve met us at the door and made us feel extremely welcome. His love for the town of Gatlinburg is so obvious and refreshing. His entire house was destroyed in those recent fires but you would never know because he's always smiling and giving his full attention to the people sitting at his bar. When we got back to the brew house he converted his recipe and notes child board into a welcome sign. Also, I highly recommend The Mountain Burger, it was so huge and delicious it took about an hour to eat it but I finished it.

Since we were so close to home and I was missing my pet, we decided to head back to K-town for the night. Matt and I laid in the back of the bus and watched the moon play peek-a-boo with us through the mountain tops. My love for East Tennessee continues to grow fonder. We pretty much went to sleep as soon as possible because we knew Day 4 was going to be a big one. Matt never left the bus. Haha. Thanks for reading friends, see you tomorrow!

With thanks and love,

Zack Roskop, The Brew Bus Guy

Matt & Stephanie, Wyile Cider Barn at Fox Fire

Matt & Stephanie, Wyile Cider Barn at Fox Fire

Matt, Casual Pint Sevierville

Matt, Casual Pint Sevierville

Jason, SMB (Pigeon Forge)

Jason, SMB (Pigeon Forge)

Brandon & Beau, SMB (Gatlinburg)

Brandon & Beau, SMB (Gatlinburg)

Steve, Gatlinburg Brewing Co.

Steve, Gatlinburg Brewing Co.

Day 2 Recap: Jonesborough & Johnson City

We wanted to test out our sleeping set up in the bus on the first night so we would have an opportunity to make any corrections if necessary. I'm happy to report that we all three woke up without frost bite and fairly rested. We have accommodations for over half the trip already lined up, but we wanted to have a back up plan if things didn't go the way we hoped. After starting the bus and packing up the sleeping gear, we headed to Bojangles to use the bathroom and get breakfast and then we set the GPS for WJHL Channel 11, a local TV station that services the Tri-Cities area. 

Channel 11, Tri-Cities Today Show.

Channel 11, Tri-Cities Today Show.

I have to admit, starting the day off with a TV interview is a great way to wake up. Everyone is so smiley and chipper. They asked us who wanted to go on air and Matt said, "I'll give it a whack." Him and I sat there with the host talking about the trip both wishing we had brought some breakfast beers to share. We took a selfie with the crew and we were on our way to the first official stop. 

Truly a microbrewery. Bar, cooler, grain storage, and march shop all in one space.

Truly a microbrewery. Bar, cooler, grain storage, and march shop all in one space.

It was beautiful drive through the state's oldest town, Jonesborough. We turned onto Depot St. after crossing over some rail tracks and in that moment I felt I had a pretty good idea where Depot Street Brewery got their name. We were greeted by the beer garden pup and then by their head brewer, Devin. Depot Street has been open for 13 years! The building that they are now located in, used to be the owners art studio that he hand built himself and pieces of his work can be found throughout. The overall look and feel was so comfortable and relaxing we didn't want to leave. If you are a serious Bocce Ball enthusiast, I could argue that they have the best court in the state.

Upstairs loft complete with a handmade shuffle board table.

Upstairs loft complete with a handmade shuffle board table.

Next on our itinerary was JRH Brewing Co.. It is a large beautiful red building stuck right between downtown Johnson City and ETSU. John and Jill are the owners and I believe it's their story that sets them apart. After Jill was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, John was inspired to quit dreaming and start doing. To them, time is valuable and they were inspired to chase their dream of starting a brewery. Jill is currently cancer free and we raised a fresh pint of pale ale brewed by John in celebration. Encouraging folks that anything is possible is in the DNA of JRH Brewing Co. Next time you are there ask about the "dawn wall" a place they have set up to celebrate such accomplishments. 

I knew our third stop of the day was going to be unique because we were warned it had elements of new and old. Johnson City Brewing Co. originally began in the back corner, down a hallway, near an elevator, of the King Building right in the center of downtown. It was tiny! So tiny that they would brew during the day and would shove all of their equipment into a closet and set up a comfortable tasting room in the same space for the evening. Recently they have expanded to a new building across the street and the "pack-n-play" brew house is no longer necessary. Because of their small brewhouse they specialize in unique one-offs and they are pretty much willing to try anything, even a corn dog beer. When I asked them, "What do you hope people take away from their time here?" Kat didn't even hesitate to respond, "I hope people feel they belong." I can't argue with that and I hope for nothing but continued success for what they are building. 

Old tasting room.

Old tasting room.

New spot

New spot

An action shot during our interview with Kat and Eric.

An action shot during our interview with Kat and Eric.

Our next official stop was at Yee-Haw Brewery but I convinced Matt we had time to squeeze in a DETOUR. We headed over to Atlantic Ale House to grab a pint, put our feet up, and maybe get a bite from a local food truck. When we arrived we met with Jacob the owner. They pride themselves in making sure they always have a local focused beer selection. If you want to try all of the local breweries in one spot, Atlantic Ale House has you covered. This wasn't my first time there and it definitely won't be the last. 

Beer garden around back. 

Beer garden around back. 

Tap wall and menu

Tap wall and menu

Our last and final stop of the day was the biggest brewery we have visited yet. Yee-Haw Brewery had all of the bells and whistles and I was excited about getting behind the scenes. Jeremy Walker, The Director of Exponential Mayham (official title) met us with a big hug and few beers already in hand. We headed to the back where is showed us there gear and talked about how their Dunkel has quickly become their flagship beer even though that wasn't originally anticipated. After that we played Skee Ball, Hoop Fever, and grabbed some epic tacos from White Duck Taco which is attached to their tasting room. The huge fire pit on the patio offered warmth on a cold January night. The best way to describe Yee-Haw is grown ass man's playground.

Row of fermenters

Row of fermenters

Grain silo by fire light.

Grain silo by fire light.

After Yee-Haw Brewery we were spent. We headed to Pal's next to our hotel to get a late night burger because Pal's reminds Matt of his childhood and Jessica had never been to one before. When we got to out hotel we found out that the local CVB in Johnson City reserved three separate rooms for us. We set a time to leave in the morning, hugged it out, and went our separate ways in hopes to get a good nights sleep and hot shower to prepare us for the next day. 

For those that made it to the bottom of this, thanks for reading and thanks for caring. More to come soon!

With thanks

Zack, The Brew Bus Guy

Devin, Depot Street Brewery

Devin, Depot Street Brewery

Jill, John, & Emily, JRH Brewing

Jill, John, & Emily, JRH Brewing

Kat & Eric, Johnson City Brewing Co.

Kat & Eric, Johnson City Brewing Co.

Jeremy Walker and company, Yee-Haw

Jeremy Walker and company, Yee-Haw

So humbled!

When this trip was first mentioned it was simply a day dreamers fantasy. It wasn't until moments like checking my email at 1:36 AM and seeing a note that Kroger was going to sponsor our fuel for the ENTIRE trip that I realized I wasn't dreaming anymore.

I am completely blown away about the people who have agreed to be a part of this adventure to help make it possible. I'm dedicating this blog post to tell their story!

This trip would not be possible without . . .

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Kroger Fuel, Tennessee Craft Beer Magazine, and Grayson Subaru

Tennessee Craft Beer Magazinehttp://tennesseecraftbeermagazine.com

The Tennessee Craft Beer Magazine is a state wide publication dedicated to sharing the stories of craft beer across our wonderful state. This made them an obvious and excellent partner in crime in accomplishing the mission of our trip. We are excited to announce that our trip is going to be their cover article for the 2017 spring issue. We can't thank Tennessee Craft Beer Magazine enough for their support.

Grayson Subaruhttp://www.graysonsubaru.com

Grayson Subaru is located in West Knoxville and shares a similar passion of promoting and supporting small business ownership. They were eager to work with us to accomplish the goal of connecting people to the craft beer community. We felt Grayson Subaru and The TN Beer Run were an excellent match. They are local owned and operated and are dedicated to being a name you can trust. If you are in the market card we can honestly recommend them.

Kroger Fuel - https://www.kroger.com

Just about everyone has shopped for groceries at a Kroger but have you fueled up too? With their combo or a grocery store and a fuel center you can pretty much do it all in one trip. The best part is with their rewards program you can get discounts on fuel when you shop at their stores. I've been going to Kroger since I was a boy and I distinctly remember always asking for a Kroger sticker to wear for the rest of the day. I'm beyond excited that they have agreed to sponsor our trip to provide our fuel across the state. 

Lastly, working with these sponsors seems too good to be true and we simply can't thank them enough for helping to make all of this crazy dream come true. 

I speak for Matt and Jessica when I say, we are so humbled!

With thanks,

Zack, The Brew Bus Guy

What's a road trip without a mini-bus?

We are less than 39 days away! Most of the breweries are on board (you can see the most up to date list on our "breweries" page) and the realization that this trip is going to actually happen has set in.

I will use this blog over the next couple of months to introduce to you several aspects of the trip, the people involved, and of course the places I will visit, but I thought I'd start all of that with the most important introduction . . . Kathy, the BREW BUS.

In the summer of 2014 I called my dad and told him, "I want to start a brewery tour company in Knoxville and I found a "short bus" on Craiglists in Lexington, KY and I wanted to go check it out." He was on board for the road-trip. I have been very lucky to have two wonderful and extremely entrepreneurial-ly spirited parents. My dad was pretty much the one to encourage me to jump off the cliff and my mom was the one to make sure I had a parachute, both necessary if you want to successfully jump off a cliff.

First fuel up on the way home.

First fuel up on the way home.

Bunks for the hunters and overhead storage.

Bunks for the hunters and overhead storage.

She was for sale from a guy who had converted the bus into a hunting vehicle. It had two bunks in the back and tons of storage and hunting related gadgets like a weather dish. When I finally got it home my best friend and roommate and I slept on the bunks in the driveway. We felt it deserved one more sleep over before the BREW BUS conversion could begin.

Removed the bunks, painted the floor

Removed the bunks, painted the floor

Starting building the bench seats

Starting building the bench seats

Bench seats in but not yet cushioned or painted

Bench seats in but not yet cushioned or painted

Even since this picture we have added real LED lights, a few black rugs down the center, and had the windows tinted.

Even since this picture we have added real LED lights, a few black rugs down the center, and had the windows tinted.

The decision of which vehicle to take wasn't as immediate or as easy as I had anticipated. I debated for a long time to take my fairly "new-to-me" 1989 VW Vanagon bus. The only reason I have that vehicle is because of a dear friend of mine named Ben Seamons and I strongly considered dedicating this trip to his memory but to keep things simple I couldn't risk taking a vehicle that is notorious for break downs. Instead I will continue to honor him by using the the VW every weekend to spread the gospel of the good news of craft beer one sample at a time through Knox Brew Tours.

Ultimately I have chosen to take Kathy for the same reason she received her name in the first place. My Aunt Kathy, who I loved and cared for deeply, passed away in the fall of 2014 just before the launch of Knox Brew Tours. I named the bus in her honor because I knew without hesitation that her love and support for me and my dreams never waivered or grew weary. Simply put, Knox Brew Tours and a trip such as The TN Beer Run wouldn't be possible without the love and support of the people in my life and therefore it only seems fitting to take Kathy on this trip.

Pre-"racing strips" as my dad called them

Pre-"racing strips" as my dad called them

Final exterior

Final exterior

With fingers crossed, a tool set, and a quart of oil I hope Kathy will help us complete this epic journey. I feel pretty good about it.

What's a road trip without a mini-bus?

Cheers!

Zack, The BREW BUS Guy

 

 

 

Things are rolling . . .

It's been an exciting weekend as I have begun to reach out to breweries to confirm their involvement in this trip. So far, everyone I have asked has agreed. Obviously this is good news!

The mission of this trip is simple: to promote, support, and grow the awareness of the craft beer brewed in the state of Tennessee. We plan to accomplish this through this website, through social media, through local new sources, and even through a crazy idea like asking Govenor Haslam to join me for a beer along the way.

So far here is the list of breweries that have agreed to participate . . .

  • Alliance Brewing Co. - Knoxville
  • Balter Beerworks - Knoxville
  • Black Abbey Brewing - Nashville
  • Blackhorse Pub & Brewery - Knoxville
  • Blackhorse Pub & Brewery - Clarksville
  • Calhoun's on Bearden Hill - Knoxville
  • Crafty Bastard Brewery - Knoxville
  • Fanatic Brewing Co. - Knoxville
  • Gyspy Circus Cidery - Kingsport
  • Hutton & Smith Brewing - Chattanooga
  • Last Days of Autumn Brewery - Knoxville
  • SawWorks Brewing Co. - Knoxville
  • Schulz Brau Brewery - Knoxville
  • Smoky Mountain Brewery - Gatlinburg
  • Smoky Mountain Brewery - Pigeon Forge
  • Smoky Mountain Brewery - Maryville
  • Smoky Mountain Brewery - Turkey Creek
  • Yee-Haw Brewery - Johnson City
  • This list is as of Nov. 21, 2016

I'd like to take a minute and personally thank everyone that has followed the journey so far. My hope is that once Thanksgiving is over this project is going to increase to lightening speed but for now things are rolling . . .

With thanks,

Zack, The Brew Bus Guy

 

 

Good news already!

For those of you who may not know, the Tennessee Craft Beer Magazine is a state-wide publication that has been in existence since 2015. If you haven't had a chance to see or read a copy and you love craft beer you are truly missing out. Tennessee Craft Beer Magazine has played a pivotal role in highlighting the diverse beer scene in Tennessee.

I'm excited to announce that the TN Beer Run will be the feature cover article for the 2017 Spring issue! I'm so excited to be a part of this magazine and to work with such passionate people who are equally excited about craft beer in this state as I am.

Make sure to check them out on social media and get a copy of their latest issue at your nearest local brewery.

Thanks for staying tuned in. On day 2 we got good news already.

Cheers!

Zack, The Brew Bus Guy

Here goes nothing . . . Cheers!

Almost 2 years ago today, I ran my first brewery tour the day after Thanksgiving on my father's birthday, November 28th, 2014. At that time I had no idea that that was the beginning of an adventure that would change my life in ways I couldn't have imagined. 

As I'm writing this I'm excited at about the possibility of using the position Knox Brew Tours has put me in to be able to do something as fun and as crazy and as memorable as visiting every single brewery in the state that I love so much, Tennessee.

Over the next several weeks I will be reaching out to all of the breweries across the state in hopes that they would lend me an hour of their time to share with me their story, their culture, their passion, and hopefully a beer or two along the way.

The goal for this endeavor is simple: bring attention to the wonderful craft beer that Tennessee has to offer and to connect us beer lovers and beer businesses together. I hope to highlight the excitement and the bond of craft beer with friends and strangers alike.

If everything goes as planned, this trip will conclude as the cover article of the spring issue for The TN Craft Beer Magazine as well as website and social media outlet for individuals visiting the state of Tennessee. We have several other ideas to bring attention to this trip but I promise I will reveal those as they become a reality.

So for the first time ever I present to you The TN Beer Run, 1,400 miles, 76 breweries, 21 days, and 1 bus. (www.thetnbeerrun.com)

First things first, I've got to get the breweries on board.

Here goes nothing . . . Cheers!

Zack, The Brew Bus Guy