Local and state brewers put to work for beer festival | Food

KNOXVILLE — Craft beer lovers, save the date.

The Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild will hold its first “Farm to Tap” festival on Saturday, February 26, from noon to 4 p.m., at Suttree Landing Park, 1001 Waterfront Drive, South Knoxville.

The festival, the first of three planned across the state, will showcase more than 20 craft breweries across the state showcasing brands that use Tennessee-grown crops and produce.

“We are delighted to show connoisseurs as well as casual customers the wide range of creative offerings our members produce across a vast array of tastes and preferences,” said Guild Executive Director Sharon Cheek, who launched the statewide effort in November. and December to promote the increased use of local ingredients in the growing craft beer market.

The “Farm to Tap” initiative is funded by a grant from the State of Tennessee and the Guild works closely with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA), UT Extension Service and other agricultural interests to bring together the farmers and brewers of the state.

“If you love craft beer, you won’t want to miss the Farm to Tap festival,” said Kyle Hensley, business consultant at TDA. “The festival will showcase breweries that use local ingredients and give beer lovers the opportunity to sample a variety of beers with ingredients grown in Tennessee.”

In addition to farmers and brewers, there will be food trucks, vendors and entertainment during the rain or shine event.

Tickets for the event are $50. This admission fee offers festival attendees the opportunity to interact with brewers and Pick Tennessee Products partners, purchase food and beverages from food trucks and vendors. For tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/farm-to-taptm-knoxville-tickets-221038400807.

“Farm to Tap” launch events were held in Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis late last year and festivals similar to the Knoxville event are planned for March in Nashville and April in Memphis.

Craft brewers listed to date include Albright Grove Brewing, Alliance Brewing Company, Bad Idea Brewing, Bearded Iris, Blackberry Farm Brewery, Brewing & Distilling Center, Common John Brewing Co., Copperhill Brewery, Crosstown Brewing Company, East Nashville Beer Works, Elst Brewing Company, Great Oak, Gypsy Circus Cider, Harding House Brewing Co., Jackalope Brewing Company, Johnson City Brewing Company, Living Waters Brewing, Memphis Made Brewing Co., New Heights, Next Level Brewing Company, Printshop Beer Co., Southern Grist Brewery, Tennessee Brew Works, The Black Abbey Brewing Company, Wanderlinger Brewing Company, Wiseacre Brewing, Yee-Haw Brewing, Xul Beer Company.

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