Gnoshing About: Balter Beerworks and Legacy Parks Foundation Event

Gnoshing About: Balter Beerworks and Legacy Parks Foundation Event

Saturday evening we were very fortunate to attend a preview night and fundraiser for the Legacy Parks Foundation at the soon to open Balter Beerworks. It was a chance for the Knoxville community to see what owner, Blaine Wedekind, and crew have in store for us when they open to the public Monday, February 8. We sampled house brews and tasted small bite interpretations of menu items. It was a night of fun for all that attended and the offerings did not disappoint!   Wedekind explained to Mr. Knoxfoodie and myself that the word "balter" means to dance without skill, but with enjoyment. This inspired the name of the brewery as well as their tagline that is seen throughout the space "with enjoyment." 
Owner, Blaine Wedekind, thanking everyone for a successful night.

Owner, Blaine Wedekind, thanking everyone for a successful night.

Currently, there are eight house brews on tap and one cask conditioned beer. The favorite beers of the night were the 8-6-Rye (a brown ale), The Bear Blend (a coffee oatmeal porter full of that delicious coffee kick), and the Firebelly (a citrusy floral IPA). They also boast a full bar with cocktails and a selection of interesting whiskeys. The food offerings were reminiscent of pub fare but with an elevated twist. We snacked on house made pimento cheese on pita with pickled vegetables, fried chicken sliders, carne asada tacos, fried green tomatoes, and crostini with brussels sprouts and a fried quail egg. Everything we had just left us wanting more! It appeared as though everyone in attendance had a lovely time. Mr. Knoxfoodie and I cannot wait to go back and check out Balter Beerworks during their regular business hours.  Here are a few photos to whet your appetite of this soon to be Knoxville hot spot. 
The Brews

The Brews

Housemade pimento cheese on pita with pickled vegetables. Solid pimento cheese, guys!

Housemade pimento cheese on pita with pickled vegetables. Solid pimento cheese, guys!

The 8-6-Rye

The 8-6-Rye

The bar crew for the night. These guys really know their stuff when it comes to Balter Beerworks.

The bar crew for the night. These guys really know their stuff when it comes to Balter Beerworks.

Fried Chicken Sliders and Pimento Cheese Pita.

Fried Chicken Sliders and Pimento Cheese Pita.

BIG crowd on hand!

BIG crowd on hand!

Cheers to new friends and old!

Cheers to new friends and old!

Carne Asada Tacos.

Carne Asada Tacos.

Crostini with roasted brussels sprouts, fried quail egg and maple.

Crostini with roasted brussels sprouts, fried quail egg and maple.

Beer flights will be available!

Beer flights will be available!

Balter Beerworks will also have a full bar to satisfy any thirst.

Balter Beerworks will also have a full bar to satisfy any thirst.

Fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese.

Fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese.

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With Enjoyment

With Enjoyment

Family and a few new friends.

Family and a few new friends.

   
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