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10 Beer Spots in Downtown Knoxville

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No Oktoberfest? No problem. You have a plethora of choices when mapping your taproom tour through Downtown. Of course, we are still living in pandemic times, and most of these taprooms have awesome growler/crowler to-go options to consider.

When compiling this list we decided to go alphabetical, because the variety, prestige, and sheer volume of options were too much for us to rate ourselves. The best one? That is for you to decide.

Balter Beerworks

The team at Balter Beerworks are committed to brewing quality, well balanced, and consistent beers. Don’t miss their tasty Firebelly IPA - piney, hoppy, and citrus flavors - it’s a MUST try. Get it on-tap or in Crowlers in their brew-pub.

Photo Credit: @balterbeerworks (Instagram)

Blackhorse Brewery

Just in time for fall, Blackhorse Brewery’s newest arrival is the perfect fall accessory. Dark and creamy with malty undertones, this sweet-style stout is cold steeped with fresh coffee beans. Only available while supplies last, and in-stock through December.

Photo Credit: @blackhorsebrews (Instagram)

Calhoun's on the River

Brews and Views are two things Calhoun’s on the River can provide ten-fold. They proudly serve selections from Smoky Mountain Brewery, including the tasty Mountain Light – delicately hopped, American light lager. Available for dine-in and six-packs available for carryout.

Photo Credit: @calhounstn (Instagram)

Curious Dog

Like your beer with a side of brat? Curious Dog offers over 200 different styles and flavors of beer to select from – available with your meal or on the go! Hot tip, they recently added 20 new menu items that deserve a once-over.

Photo Credit: @curiousdogknox (Instagram)

Downtown Grill & Brewery

A local staple for Knoxville’s beer enthusiasts! All of Downtown Grill & Brewery craft-brewed beers are made on the premises. Check out their Alt – this full-bodied Düsseldorf style exhibits a rich mahogany color. Special malts imported from Munich lend an authentic malty note to this exceptional brew. Take your favorite beer to-go in a one of a kind growler.

Photo Credit: @knoxdgb (Instagram)

Knox Brew Hub

Stop by Downtown’s newest craft beer bar that celebrates all things #Knoxville beer! From Elst to Saw Works, if it’s local – look no further! Knox Brew Hub is the perfect pair to their sister company Knox Brew Tours. You should probably check them out if you haven’t already.

Photo Credit: @knoxbrewhub (Instagram)

Merchants of Beer

Cheers! Merchants of Beer is a favorite destination for craft beer connoisseurs to experience Knoxville's wide selection of beers, and their delightful outdoor patio. It’s crucial to always keep an eye on their rotating wall of 50 taps – you never know what’ll pop up next! And don't miss the Grab-N-Go Market refreshed with new stock of unique selections every week.

Photo Credit: @mobknoxville (Instagram)

Pour Taproom

Knoxville’s most high-tech bar – Pour Taproom – is a must-visit! With a whopping 68 taps of beer, cider, mead, wine, seltzer, kombucha & more – you have to experience it for yourself. And the best part, you pour and pay by the ounce! PROST!

Photo Credit: @pourtaproomknoxville (Instagram)

Pretentious Beer Co

Our local brewing scene’s creatives and fun-friends have tasty new offerings for you! Pretentious Beer recently collaborated with electro-indie duo Cherub to make a pair of sours – Doses and Mimosas. We recommend the incredible Blood Orange Mimosa Sour. Made with Blood Oranges (duh), and Orange Zest. Fermented out super dry, kissed with citrus fruit. And in case you missed it, they can make you a really cool glass to go with it.

Photo Credit: @pretentiousbeerco (Instagram)

Suttree's High Gravity Tavern

Suttree's High Gravity Tavern and sister spot Harrogate's Arcade Lounge might be all about the arcade games, but those high gravity selections are not playing around. This spot features 32 ever-changing taps, and 60+ Bottles & Cans to pick from. Feeling daring? Try their The Tiger That Killed My Father Stout. 13% ABV from Monday Night Brewing in Atlanta, GA!

Photo Credit: @suttreestavern (Instagram)

Remember you must be 21+ to imbibe in Knoxville!