Do you think of Tennessee strictly as home to the country’s best whiskey? If so, you may be surprised that it is also where a burgeoning wine industry is thriving and also where some of the country’s fines regional craft beers are being made. The Tennessee Winter Beer Fest has been celebrating this delicious beverage since 2011 and has donated more than $99k to the Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center thanks to many dedicated participants and attendees. This year, the Fest is occurring on Saturday, February 16th from 3 to 8 PM, and the location for the event is The Carriage House Restaurant at 8130 State Highway 73 in Townsend, TN.

The mission of the Tennessee Winter Beer Festival or TNWBF is “to promote the regional craft beer culture within East Tennessee through intimate events and gatherings while supporting local charities.” They have achieved this goal and its organizers point out that it is a remarkably unique event for many reasons.

Experience a Unique Beer Festival

Not only is it unique in that it celebrates the Tennessee beer making culture, but it also remains quite intimate in size, with around 350 visitors participating. If you have ever been to other similar events you know they can be crowded and lack any sort of charm or warmth.

These events also have a more casual feel and you will find that even if you are new to the area or simply visiting, you’ll make many friends. It lets you meet all of the local brewers, sample delicious local specialties, and enjoy great live music. All of the proceeds go to an incredibly worthy organization and there is even a silent auction that includes a surprising number of impressive items.

Naturally, one of the unique features is its setting in charming Townsend. A larger town on the “Peaceful Side of the Smokies,” it has a great atmosphere and puts visitors close to the very best natural sites of the region, including the National Park.

What Your Ticket Includes

When you grab your tickets, they will include unlimited samples of all of the brews available, free food from local catering expert Miss Lily, the live music and all events. The tickets are on sale now (warning, they go very quickly) and cost $60 (Designated Driver tickets are $30), available via the Event Brite website.

This year’s breweries include:

  • Abridged Beer Company
  • Balter Beerworks
  • Black Abbey Brewing Company
  • Blackhorse Brewery
  • Calfkiller Brewing Company
  • Clinch River Brewery
  • Crafty Bastard Brewery
  • Depot Street Brewing
  • Elkmont Exchange Brewery and Eating House
  • Elst Brewing Company
  • Fanatic Brewing Company
  • Gatlinburg Brewing Company
  • Gypsy Circus Cider Company
  • Hutton & Smith Brewing Company
  • Last Days of Autumn Brewing
  • Mill Creek Brewing Company
  • Pretentious Beer Company
  • Red Silo Brewing
  • Schulz Brau Brewing Company

There will be a chance to purchase snacks from the From Scratch Food Truck after the event ends, and if you want breakfast the next day, two local breweries are hosting a launch event the morning after the festival. So, whether you are eager for an afternoon of socializing and sampling beer or a whole weekend of beer-related events, consider this one!