Brew Week

Brew Week 1

The fourth annual Hops in the Hills festival in Tennessee will draw craft beer enthusiasts from across the region.

Nestled in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, the annual Hops in the Hills festival will return this year to showcase the who’s-who of local and regional brewing icons. Located in downtown Maryville, Tenn., the area is becoming a destination for breweries and craft beer enthusiasts.

“Hops in the Hills is a wonderful way for people to visit the beautiful Smoky Mountains and experience Maryville’s vibrant, historic downtown and thriving craft beer scene,” Blount Partnership Tourism Director Kim Mitchell says. “It’s an entertaining festival with something for everyone, and we’re thrilled to see it grow each year.”

The ticketed event will be held June 22-23 and is sponsored by the Blount Partnership and Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority. The Hops in the Hills festival sold out last year and is expected to do so again this year.

Brew Week 2

Hops in the Hills is the anchor event of brew week, June 18-21, which leads up to the main event over the weekend with a week-long “Celebration of Fermentation.” Each day, different breweries feature prizes, games and music for visitors to prepare them for the weekend’s events. The week will also include The Big BBQ Bash, Maryville Farmers Market, Smoky Mountain Dock Dogs, Napa Know How Auto Fest and many other activities.

The Big BBQ Bash is a Kansas City Barbecue Society competition. KCBS sanctions barbecue and grilling competitions across the U.S., promoting barbecue as “America’s cuisine.”

Knox Brew Tours hosts Hops in the Hills Craft Brew Crawl & Poker Run on the final day of brew week. The event allows visitors to experience the town’s bars and restaurants, and try local and regional beers.

Blackberry Farm Chief Fermentation Office Roy Milner says he travels extensively from Walland, Tenn., to gather knowledge and expertise in brewing, and he finds Hops in the Hills showcases the unique craft beer community throughout the region.

“Craft brewing is an art form, and Hops in the Hills provides a great opportunity to celebrate the culture and sense of community brings to our region,” he adds. “With such a wide variety of brewery participants, visitors will truly receive a great picture of the craft’s presence in this part of the country.”

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Hops in the Hills showcases the area’s finest brews.

Breweries this year include:

* Blackberry Farm Brewery * Deaf Mutt Brewery * The Casual Pint * Calfkiller Brewing Co. * Last Days of Autumn * The Black Abbey Brewing Co. * Elkmont Exchange * Gold Fusion Brewing * Tennessee Brew Works * Gypsy Circus Cider Co. * Bold Rock Hard Cider * Theoretic Ales * Round 6 Brewing * Blount County Home Brewers * Blackhorse Brewery * Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. * Tri-Hop Brewery * Fanatic Brewing Co. * Hexagon Brewing Co. * Mill Creek Brewing Co. * Highland Brewing * Yee-Haw Brewing * Lily Pad Hopyard Brewery * Public House High * Alliance Brewing Co. * Tailgate Beer * Half Batch Brewing Co. * Wicked Weed Brewing * Fat Bottom Brewing


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