Beer lovers are invited to talk shop with some of the state's finest brewers when the inaugural Tennessee Brewers Summit convenes at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Bearden Banquet Hall.
The event is the first fundraiser for the Tennessee Craft Brewer’s Guild to help get the guild off the ground and promote legislation for craft beer in Tennessee.
Head brewers from some of Tennessee’s finest breweries set to attend include Linus Hall from Yazoo Brewing Company (Nashville), Marty Velas from Smoky Mountain Brewery (Knoxville), Dave Ohmer from Saw Works Brewing Company (Knoxville), Erich Allen from Studio Brew (Tri-Cities), and Chris Hunt from Moccassin Bend Brewing Company (Chattanooga).
According to the press release: "The night will start off with the first session, the Brewers Table, a roundtable discussion with Tennessee’s head brewers on trends in craft beer and Tennessee’s role in this trend. Along with the roundtable, there will be a question and answer session with these beloved brewers. Attendees will sample special release home brew donated by some of the most recognized home brewers in the state including Ratchet Brewing, Society of Fermentation and Secret City Brewing. Appetizers will be provided by Nama Sushi, Pizza Kitchen and Buddy’s Barbecue.
"The second session will include an overview of the Tennessee Craft Brewer’s Guild along with Tennessee Beer Trivia. The experts on suds and barley will get prizes for the right answer during the Trivia.
"The third session will include the head brewers' selected beer paired with craft artisan cheese. Leading the pairing is Michael Landis, with ANCO Cheese, the largest cheese importer in the US; is one of the foremost World Cheese Experts and was inducted into the French Guilde des Fromagers. Landis serves as a cheese judge at the World Cheese Awards and International Cheese Awards every year.
"The final session is the Beer Lover’s Social, where attendees get a chance to mingle with the head brewers, continue to sample some of the great Tennessee beer provided and have a great time socializing with fellow beer lovers."
Tickets are $45 and include a souvenir T-shirt and tasting glass. There are only 150 tickets available for the event. The Brewer’s Summit is sponsored by the Kingsport Oktoberfest (Tennessee’s Oktoberfest), the Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza and the Jonesborough Chill Out.
For more info and tickets, go to www.brewerssummit.com.
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