East Tennessee 2nd Annual Craft Beer Festival
Do you love craft beer and feel like you would go anywhere if the pint was right? Well, it is time to pack up the car and head to the 2nd Annual East Tennessee Craft Beer Festival.
Craft beer lovers, renowned breweries, and local bands will unite for the second annual Hops in the Hills. The craft beer festival will take place June 24 and 25 in downtown Maryville, Tennessee. This year’s craft beer festival includes a who’s who list of local and regional brewing icons. There will also be charming music from local groups and a brew crawl for craft beer enthusiasts.
The festivities begin Friday, June 24 with a craft brew crawl from 6 to 11 p.m. provided by Knox Brew Tours. Saturday’s events include a 2:30 p.m. beer seminar at Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria led by local brewers and professors. This will be followed by the craft beer festival from 4 to 8 p.m. Passes to the brew crawl cost $10. General admission tickets for Saturday are $40.
The list of participating breweries includes more than two dozen options that will appeal to a diverse range of tastes. East Tennessee participants include Blackberry Farm and Yee-Haw Breweries. Both of these locations won medals at the 2016 World Beer Cup. Other local staples such as Bluetick, Fanatic and Last Days of Autumn Breweries will be on hand.
Big beer names from around the state will join the fun. Some of the vendors will includeYazoo, Fat Bottom, and Tennessee Brew Works from Nashville, Wiseacre Brewery out of Memphis and Calfkiller from Sparta.
Regional beer makers such as Highland Brewing Co., Oskar Blues, and Starr Hill will also take part in the craft beer festival. The slate even features small local brewers such as Fanatic Brewing Co. and the Blount County Home Brewers.
“This year’s event offers tons of fun for beer enthusiasts, music lovers and anyone who appreciates the ambiance of downtown Maryville,” said Blount Partnership Tourism Director Kim Mitchell. “We are eager to build on last year’s inaugural event with an even more impressive lineup of brewers and bands.”
“Hops in the Hills is a valuable chance to share our beer with people who appreciate the art of brewing as much as we do,” said Blackberry Farm Brewmaster Daniel Heisler. “Guests will be able to taste some of the best beer our region has to offer.”
Hops in the Hills is also an opportunity for guests to enjoy historic Maryville, Tennessee. The area serves as the gateway to the Smoky Mountains. The event is part of the Summer on Broadway celebration. It will take place at 121 West Broadway Avenue in downtown Maryville.
Interested? You can check out a complete list of participating breweries and buy tickets at www.hopsinthehills.com.
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