East Tennessee Beer: A Fermented History

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Brewing history in East Tennessee is a roller coaster ride. In 1879, Knoxville’s twenty-five saloons allegedly poured an estimated five thousand drinks per day. The drinks slowed for nearly half a century during Prohibition. Afterward, the beer scene made a slow resurgence. With modern events like Tennessee Oktoberfest, Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza and Brewer’s Jam, East Tennessee revels as the unequivocal leader of the state’s craft beer industry. Growth continues with new breweries like Sleepy Owl Brewery, Alliance Brewing Company and Crafty Bastard Brewery. Beer writers Aaron Carson and Tony Casey divulge fermented accounts of this long tradition and renaissance.