Happy days are here, Maryville! You're getting your own craft brewery!
Alas, the brewery won't be open until February, but they'll be starting to offer tastings at local events this fall. You can also get on board and donate and help speed things along. Full press release follows:
Raise your Glasses, East TN Beer Lovers:New brewery wants to pour you a pint in exchange for a buy-inMaryville, Tenn. -- As the first brewers' cooperative in Tennessee, Bluetick Brewery, a member-owned craft brewing company in Maryville, Tenn., is recruiting fellow beer snobs for an exclusive membership program. The brewery will be located off of East Broadway in Maryville next to the roundabout. Sandwiched between Pellissippi Parkway & HWY 411, Bluetick brewery proves to be a quick drive down from Knoxville and easy access to Maryville and Rockford residents.As a micro-brewery cooperative, members will have access to incredible fresh local craft beer at a reasonable price without the retail markup. Member costs start at payments of $40 per month or a one-time payment for a lifetime membership of $200.00. Bluetick Club membership benefits include 2 pints per week at their tap room in the brewery, voting rights for your favorite beer and to determine the set "house beers" always on tap, being a part of the growing beer scene, member appreciation events and discounted rate for merchandize and growler fills and a chance to be on the board of directors with weekly board member specials--not to mention incredible bragging rights in developing a craft beer scene here in East Tennessee.In addition to joining the Bluetick Cooperative, you can pay an additional $360.00 per year to join the Leconte Club; a beer of the week membership. This membership includes an additional growler fill of beer per week (a $480.00 value!) and access to all your homebrewing supplies at cost.The man behind the hops is Christopher Snyder, a Minnesota chef transplant who has fallen in love with the tight-knit community of Maryville. "There are a lot of residents in the area with a strong passion for sustainability, local flavor and beer; all elements that will be a part of this brewery. This brewery-coop gives members a voice in what beers they want to be drinking. I am excited for us fellow beer lovers to unite and make incredible craft beer."The brewery and tap room are scheduled to open late February 2013 with plans to create a brewpub in the near future. However, don't be surprised if you begin seeing t-shirts and campaigns for Bluetick Brewery. Their first event is Saturday, September 22nd at the Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson for "Barks & Brews". B & B is supporting the new no-kill Blount County Humane Society; their neighbors on East Broadway. Bluetick will be located in the tasting tent offering pours of their Honey Speckled Hound; an American Cream Ale with a hint of local Blount County clover honey. Creamy with a wee bit of hops, this Honey Speckled Hound is smooth and easy; she's one very good girl! T-shirts will be available for purchase.The Market in Maryville is hosting a Pork & Pints event for Bluetick Brewery's first pre-launch party on Thursday, October 25th. Bluetick Brewery will be featuring their Appalachian Pale Ale, Chimney Tops Peat Smoked Porter, a Bourbon Barrel Cherry Wood Smoked American Amber and a seasonal Pritchard's Rum-Cask Pumpkin Ale. With a live bluegrass band, beer-trivia prizes and a raffle for a Bluetick membership (a $200.00 value!) it will surely be quite the BBQ beer bash. Their boy, 'Ole Blue, (Bluetick mascot) will also make an appearance to shake paws and mingle.Wish to help Bluetick hike further up the trail? Check them out in the next 2 weeks to come on www.kickstarter.com and support the local craft beer cause! Stay tuned for Bluetick's Tick Talk blog chronicling a behind-the-scenes look at launching a brewery. Until then, follow Bluetick brewery & cooperative on Facebook and Twitter. Bluetick brewery & cooperative encourages you to check out their website and see what the "bark" is all about: Bluetickbrewery.com (coming this month). Run for the hills! Grab a Bluetick on the way.