National Beer Day is April 7 and Knoxville has a TON of incredible breweries. But what about all the markets and taprooms around town? Today we’ve got a simple round up of photos to inspire your visit to Knoxville’s Ale Trail. From sours to IPAs, from Radlers to lagers, from Kolsch to … well you get the idea. Cheers!
Bearden Beer Market
Bearden Beer Market emphasizes a friendly, active community, paired with a laid-back environment to enjoy great beers! They feature a beer garden to meet friends and enjoy a great craft beer, and also has a retail store with beer and kegs to go. It’s the perfect place for people who want a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying their favorite brews. The shop features items from select breweries as well fresh food specials every day from The Local Curbside Restaurant.
A fun spot with an upscale, yet casual atmosphere. They don’t have wait staff, they have “BeerTenders”, experts in their craft. The Casual Pint Craft BeerMarket, offers a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere much like a coffee shop, with a focus on Craft Beer. Enjoy craft beer by the pint from the tap wall, by the can or by the bottle to enjoy in-store. You can grab your beer to go with Growler Fills, Mix-A-Six Packs out of the bottle & can cooler or packaged beer off the dry shelves. In Knoxville, there are four locations: Bearden, Farragut, Hardin Valley, and Northshore.
Hi-Wire Brewing Taproom
Hi-Wire is a brewery in Asheville, North Carolina and SoKno is home to a 10k sq. ft. taproom showcasing their drinkable beers. It’s a playful space with two soccer pool tables, table tennis, shuffleboard, foosball, and more. The bar’s 24 taps feature Hi-Wire’s full line-up of beers, including year-round, seasonal, specialty, sour, and one-offs, as well as wine, local cider, and guest taps from neighboring Knoxville breweries.
Hops and Hollers
Hops and Hollers is a neighborhood beer bar & beer garden in the quirky Happy Holler neighborhood. They have sandwiches and a sharable menu full of Southern favorites. Claim to fame – they’re 3x Great American Beer Bar Winner ('18, '19 & '20). The outside features a huge, dog friendly beer garden with games: Bocce, Ping-Pong, Foosball, Corn Hole, and Giant Jenga. The taproom features over 100 cans & 32 taps. They include many local favorites, crafts from throughout the state of Tennessee, regional staples, delicious ciders, & domestics. TVs throughout make it a great place to catch the game.
Knox Brew Hub
Knox Brew Hub is a taproom in the heart of downtown, just outside Market Square. They are owned and operated by the same crew as Knox Brew Tours. Think of this spot as a “beer concierge” for those who want to find something new but don’t know where to start. Their 23-tap wall carries a variety of drafts from Knoxville, the region, and around the country with more cans and bottles to choose from. If you like a specific type of beer, the team at Knox Brew Hub can point you in the right direction in Knoxville to find it.
Merchants of Beer
Bridging the gap between the heart of downtown and the Old City, Merchants of Beer aka MOB sits pretty at the corner in a diner-esque looking building at Summit Hill and Central. Their 50-tap wall is sure to have something for everybody and features beer and more from around the country – see Untappd for a full list. Enjoy their large and dog-friendly patio, typically with a foodtruck nearby.
Pour is a self-serve taproom in the Old City with 68 rotating digital taps where you sample any beverage by the ounce and pay by the ounce. Check in for a wristband with your ID and a debit/credit card. The wristband is used to activate any tap – beer, cider, mead, wine, seltzer, kombucha, and more. This way you can sample and not have to worry about ordering a full pour of something you don’t like. Sample throughout your visit or get a full pour of something that makes your tastebuds sing.
Trailhead Beer Market
Trailhead has two locations, their spot in SoKno is on the banks of the Tennessee River and aptly named as it’s located close to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. The Urban Wilderness is full of trails of varying difficulty for both hiking and mountain biking. Their second location is also aptly named, located on Sutherland near the entrance of Third Creek Greenway. Third Creek has a lot of connections to other greenways – find a map and learn more about Knoxville’s greenways here. Outdoors and beer, what’s not to love!?