Bruce Street Brewfest 2018

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Despite the remnants of Hurricane Florence heading our way, the weather held out for the Bruce Street Brewfest on Saturday, September 15—and it turned out to be a fine event. We saw many returning brewers, met some new participants, and ran into old friends. I was limited in my time there so here is a quick rundown of our visit.

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You get a nice souvenir glass at check-in.

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Some notable Knoxville breweries participate in the event. This Knoxville brewery is one of the best.

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Some breweries come from farther away— a testament to the popularity of Bruce Street Brewfest.

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The addition of food trucks adds an interesting addition to the event for foodies. They were fabulous!

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A local expert, Smoky Mountain Foodie, was impressed with the fried okra. Only $3 for a large serving. As good as Cracker Barrel!

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Attendees from every species enjoyed the day. It is nice that the event is dog friendly.

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We ran into Tobias Deckard, from Gatlinburg Brewing Company. He makes great artisan bread. Must try it again soon!

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We ran into Tobias several other times. Everyone was of good cheer!

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There are some local home brewers who are doing a great job. Perhaps I should write a story on that topic soon?

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This is an award winning home brewer. Every thing is good from this one.

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Jeff Large has been brewing for several years. The brand name is unique.

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A name that you won’t forget! I must ask the story behind it again.

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It was a busy day so I only had a couple of hours to spend at the event, but I wanted to see one of the best micro- brewing festivals in the state—right in our downtown. These are the pictures that I took because I didn’t want to intrude on anyone’s time or space. There is a laid back vibe so I just ‘went with it’ and thought to not write a blog about the day—but it is a great event so I changed my mind. Voila! Here is a quick look at what we experienced.

Craft beer is a booming business and there are many who appreciate it. These are exactly the people who should come back (or make a first visit) to the Bruce Street Brewfest in 2019. It is a very enjoyable way to get out and about in Sevierville. 

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Casual Pint Craft Beer Market Open in Sevierville

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If we were in England right now, then this would probably be your local pub. 

Sevierville saw a new business open last week: the Casual Pint Craft Beer Market. I made it to the ribbon cutting ceremony by the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce. Luckily, I was in time to see them give the business a big Sevierville welcome. This new business opens a lot of options for Sevierville citizens and visitors alike. Here is what I saw.

First of all, there are two food establishments beside the Casual Pint. Buddy’s Bar-b-q (pictured above) and Penn Station subs. This is good for patrons who would like to eat a meal while there and watching a game.  The Pint will share an outdoor patio with Penn Station subs, which will be nice on warm days. (FYI …A nice convenience, I picked up free wifi from Buddy’s and Penn Station.)

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Here is the Sevierville franchise owner, Roger McGee, pictured right. He is from Blount County, but preferred to locate the business here. He was drawn here by the opportunity for this franchise in Sevier County, as well as warmth from the people in our county. He had great praise for the mayor and the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce for helping to open his business.

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In attendance was Jon Robinette, the Casual Pint franchise owner and director. His first franchise is located in Knoxville in the Bearden area. Robinette is pictured here with his children. He attributes the creation of the Casual Pint to his son Nathan, pictured right. Here is a link to the story of the Robinette family and the beginnings of the Casual Pint franchise. http://thecasualpint.com/about-2/about-us/

The Sevierville Casual Pint franchise is the 17th opened by the Robinette family. The Pints are located in 5 different states.

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The ribbon-cutting went flawlessly as the Casual Pint was welcomed by members of the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce and the mayor. Pictured from left to right are Jim McGill, Membership Co-ordinator for the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce;  Mayor Atchley;  franchise owner, Roger McGee; general manager, Matthew Bolt; and Casual Pint franchise owner and director, Jon Robinette.

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It is very comfortable and there are three TV screens to watch a game. Two are pictured here.

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There are 28 taps and over a hundred bottles from which to choose. The tap wall is impressive and will constantly change. When one tap empties then they will replace it with a new brew. Get the Casual Pint app to keep up with the flavors. Here is a link to the info. http://thecasualpint.com/about-2/loyalty-rewards/

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The cooler offers many varieties, from bottles to cans.

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There are more things on the shelves as well. The Pint will be serving low gravity beer until January 1st, then will be able to serve higher gravity pints. Prices range from $4.40 to $7 a serving. These are craft brews so most fans will say that the price is worth it.

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Once they settle in, Roger McGee,  said that they would like to begin Trivia Nights and other events at the Pint. The Pint can be found on Instagram, Untapped, Facebook, and Twitter.

Hours are

Sunday 1-8, Monday – Thursday 11-10, Fridays and Saturdays 11-11.

To see more pictures of the grand opening and ribbon cutting at the Sevierville Casual Pint, go to my Facebook blog picture page. Here is the link. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1254469567899261/