KNOXVILLE (WATE) – It is a business that has been booming in Knoxville lately. The number of craft beer breweries and bars is continuing to grow, and now there is a new way to check them out.
Knox Brew Tours allows people to hop on a bus to tour several craft beer breweries in one night.
“For a long time I’ve been a big fan of craft beer. It’s been something that I’m very passionate about,” said Zack Roskop, owner of Knox Brew Tours.
Roskop decided to put his passion on wheels about two years ago and just recently that idea became reality with the Knox Brew Tours bus.
“I thought this would be a great way to feature what Knoxville has to offer and to help people discover local beer,” he said.
The bus is the first of its kind in Knoxville and was completely remodeled specifically for this purpose. When they bought the bus it was designed to be a camper, but they stripped the whole thing adding benches, personal storage, and even a cooler to store growlers bought on the tour.
“One of the beautiful things about craft beer is that it tends to bring people together, and so we wanted the bus while we’re in transit to be an experience that was social, that was fun for people,” said Roskop.
The bus will take people on a three hour tour visiting three local breweries to sample their beers and learn their history. It will pick people up at either a location of The Casual Pint or the Bearden Beer Market and travel to breweries including Saw Works, Blackhorse, and Smoky Mountain Brewery where you can sample four or five different beers at each location.
Local craft beer sellers are excited to see it.
“It’s going to be a great opportunity for people to come in. It’s going to bring a lot of tourism I think,” said Alan Knauth, franchise owner of The Casual Pint.
They hope to showcase what they all call a growing interest in the Knoxville area.
“The craft beer scene is really growing and as it grows the scene here in Knoxville is growing with it,” said Knauth.
“There’s a boom coming. There’s an expansion of breweries, of craft beer in Knoxville, and I’m excited about it so I thought now’s the time,” said Roskop.
The bus seats about 12 people and can be rented out for private parties too.
The first tour will be Friday starting at 4 p.m. Each tour costs $40 per person, including the beer samples.
More online: Knox Brew Tours