The Season is the Reason for the First Tomato Head-Saw Works Collaborative Beer

The Tomato Head has partnered with Saw Works Brewing Company to create the anniversary beer honored after our 25th anniversary this August. It will be featured during our party on August 29th on Market Square, but otherwise it is only available in the Saw Works tasting room and at both Tomato Head locations.

The style of the anniversary beer is probably not what you would expect from Saw Works’ typically straightforward beer styles. The body is similar to a Scottish Shilling or English Mild, with a twist of chocolate rye malt. Neutral bittering hops keep earthy flavors out of the beer. The result is an ale body with chocolate rye notes that are usually found in darker beers.  The anniversary beer is the perfect transition from late summer to fall. The body is light enough to drink in August’s heat, while the flavor looks forward to the coming season.

Scott, co-owner of The Tomato Head, came up with the recipe for this beer for everyone to boogie with while they get down to Scott Miller and the Commonwealth and a slew of great musicians playing at The Tomato Head anniversary party starting at 4:00 p.m. on August 29th. As a special treat, you don’t have to wait until then to try the special beer.  It is already on tap at both Tomato Head locations at this very moment, so take a break from whatever you’re doing to taste the fruits of this rare moment in local history.

Silver Anniversary Ale

July’s Featured Brewery: Red Hare Brewing Company

This month, we’ve got rabbit beers to go with all of your summer veggie burgers. Red Hare Brewing Company has taken over our featured taps at both of The Tomato Head Locations with their Gangway IPA, Long Day Lager, and Whabbit Wheat.

The Gangway IPA is an American style, unfiltered IPA with a gold color and sweet taste. The IPA is made with Williamette, Cascade, and Chinook hops, then dry hopped with Falconers Flight. The ABV sits just under a high-gravity beer, at 6.2%. The experts at Red Hare suggest pairing this with spicy or bold dishes, chicken, seafood, or sharp cheeses.

The Long Day Lager is a Bohemian Style Lager, meaning it is sweeter and lighter than some lagers, which is immediately apparent from its golden color. It is bittered with noble hops and Pacific Northwest hops, which add notes of citrus. Try this beer with seafood, pork, BBQ, or something spicy. The ABV is sessionable, at 4.98%.

The Whabbit Wheat is an unfiltered American Wheat Ale, with notes of peaches and apricots. Floral notes come from Saaz hops that contrast the crisp apricot. The ABV is 5.6%. Red Hare’s taproom experts suggest trying this beer with seafood, pastires, pies, and salads.

Red Hare Brewing Company is rooted in Marietta, Georgia, where it began in the garage of Roger Davis, a semi-retired corporate businessman.  After a year of home-brewing with his friend Bobby Thomas, they moved their industrious home-brew set up out of Davis’s garage, and into a larger space. Red Hare can only be found in Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. If not on tap, their beers are canned, which has been a trend of craft breweries over the past few years due to the preservation of taste that cans provide.  Red Hare was one of the first breweries in Georgia to can their beers, and the world’s first user of the evercan, which is made out of high-content recycled aluminum.

In just three different styles, these beers cover the taste spectrum fairly well, meaning there is more than likely something for everyone.  If you don’t believe us, come taste it for yourself.

Our featured brewery for May: Black Abbey Brewing Company

We have a few new Belgian-inspired brews on tap for you this month by way of Black Abbey Brewing Company from Nashville.

Their work is inspired by monks, namely Martin Luther, his wife, and the Trappist Monks. Martin Luther advocated drinking for pleasure as he boasted his infamous, large stein. His wife, Katherine, went a step farther. She was known for brewing Wittenberg’s best beer. However, instead of brewing traditional German lagers, she created Belgian style ales with ingredients from her immediate locale. The tradition of brewing Belgian style ales with ingredients from their immediate surrounding was emulated by Trappist Monks in Belgium who brewed distinctly for their monasteries.

While Black Abbey doesn’t play home to Belgian Monks, they do host the character of brewing for their brothers (sisters and gender neutral family members) and for their neighbors with high quality ingredients in the Belgian style. We are happy to join in.

At the Tomato Head in Market Square, we are featuring four Black Abbey brews: the Rose (a Belgian blonde made with wheat malt), the Special (a traditional monastic Belgian Mild), the Champion (an American pale ale made with English and smoked malts), and the Chapter House (a Belgian red ale).

The Tomato Head located at 7240 Kingston Pike in the Gallery of Knoxville Shopping Center is serving up the Rose, the Special, and the Potus 44, a full bodied porter bursting with notes of Kenyan and Hawaiian coffee from the Frothy Monkey in Nashville.

On May 22nd, the brewery sends us their new summer release, the 5 points IPA. Make your way downtown or out West to join us for a Black Abbey brew and head home with a cool Black Abbey pint glass (while supplies last). This is an all-day event.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a Lutheran to enjoy these beers, just a follower of beer.

Black Abbey Brewing Company

Join us for our pint day at both locations on May 22.

 

Big Ears Festival: A macrocosm of Knoxville’s artistic community.

Big Ears Festival is more than music. This is a festival that is as much about expanding communities as it is a lineup. The city of Knoxville is opening its arms again this weekend to welcome back Big Ears and the vast, internationally renowned community of artists of many mediums.

For the second year in a row, the Big Ears community is reaching back to Knoxville through its community outreach program Little Ears which raises money to support The Joy of Music School and the Community school of the Arts. Both of these Knoxville based schools offer opportunities in the arts to children and teens who have trouble affording them otherwise. It’s a welcomed partner of our Loving Spoonful charitable program.

At the Tomato Head, we are proud to be partners with Little Ears and supporting both schools by displaying photographs of the Joy of Music School and paintings from the Community School for the Arts in our Market Square location through March. If you miss them, you can see them in April at our Kingston Pike location.

We are also featuring special Big Ears pint glasses for sale that benefit Little Ears. (More details here) During the festival weekend, stop into the Tomato Head to purchase a Big Ears glass and try the Saw Works Sonic Wit, the featured beer for the festival.

Little Ears is a program with powerful meaning and serious results. Last year, AC entertainment reports having raised almost $4,000 to benefit both of the organizations. This was enough to create two new scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year at the Community School of the Arts. Music education is integral to the festival, according to Neeley Rice, one of the forces behind Big Ears at AC Entertainment. The promise of Big Ears is it features musicians and artists of several mediums who push the envelope in their art.

The festival is in many ways a macrocosm of Knoxville’s talented artistic community that the School of the Arts and Joy of Music have helped to foster, and a level of discipline for the students who are just learning the skills of their art to aspire to. The paintings displayed at the Tomato Head were done by middle and high school students.

For many of them, this is the first time their work has been displayed outside of the school. The work is unique and you don’t have to be an art expert to enjoy the paintings. The photographs of the children at the Joy of Music School are pristine and capture beautiful moments of children learning to play music.

This weekend, Knoxville will again transform into what Jennifer Willard at the Community School for the Arts describes as an international cultural mecca. It’s safe to say that there is a lot of excitement in the air. It will be really neat to see the how the culturally diverse art on display at the Tomato Head through Little Ears is a stepping stone that every artist masters before becoming a force in pushing their craft forward like the artist featured in Big Ears.

Knoxville has such great culture, and this weekend is promising to be very special.

The New Festival Beer You Haven’t Tried

Nothing shines better in the sunshine than the colors of a well brewed beer. That’s certainly what Saw Works Brewing Company is hoping for this spring with the cloudy gold shine of their new Sonic Wit.

Created for the Big Ears Festival, the Sonic Wit was meant to be stimulating on a hot day of drinking. Will, the Head Brewer at Saw Works, explained how the Sonic Wit was inspired by Icelandic ales and Belgian wheat beers with the intention of keeping the unfiltered look and notes of orange while drawing out the wheat to be replaced by Tennessee favorites, rye mash and honey malt.

The result is an unfiltered American ale with an orange-citrus forward note and a smooth honey rye finish that moves quickly across the tongue. This beer is light, easy to drink, and can easily be enjoyed at Big Ears or on a patio in the warm weather.

Luckily, you’ll have a chance to try this beer too, even if you won’t be attending Big Ears this year. The Tomato Head will be one of the only places featuring the Sonic Wit, as part of our Saw Works lineup for our featured brewery of the month, and will be a light orange zest for pairing with a salad, chicken, or chocolate desserts. We’ll tap the keg of this very special beer on Thursday, March 26.

Just as it was intended, the Sonic Wit is a great pairing for food, sunshine, and great music. A number of the Big Ears creators actually helped in the brewing of this beer, which just goes to show the local bonds of our small city that pull together to show that Knoxville has culture worth taste.

Saw Works Brewing Sonic Wit

Tennessee Brew Works Pint Night, February 27

Have we got something special planned for fans of Tennessee Brew Works on Friday, February 27. When you purchase any Tennessee Brew Works on draft, you get to keep the pint glass! This is a perfect opportunity to try a flight of beers from this Nashville brewery at our location in The Gallery of Knoxville, or check out our brand new bar stools from Holler Design at Market Square.

You’ll have the chance to try the “Spring Gig” from Tennessee Brew Works: Walk The Lime. This Tennessee Wheat Ale (ABV 5.4%, IBU 16) is uniquely brewed with 100% wheat! This tart and tropical all wheat beer is lightly bittered. They dose with fresh lime zest and then dry hop. It starts with lime on the front of the tongue and nose, but finishes with peach, passion fruit, and watermelon. Perfect for getting you in the mood for springtime on the patio.

It’s an all day event so come down for lunch or celebrate the end of the work week (and hopefully the snow) by stopping in for drinks and dinner. Both locations open at 11am.

Tn Brew Works Pint Night The Tomato Head

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