Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by PorterLambic:
4.13/5 rDev +8.7%
A big U-shaped bar with 11 round, 4 person, high tables & 12 booths with 8 bigger tables.
Wait staff was very cheerful & attentive (for the most part). Kind of slow with a party of 9 (though we did arrive in stages) very good on multiple subsequent visits with 2-4 in party. Chantelle was especially good, very attentive without being annoying. My entire party was in agreement. One of the best servers I've ever had, anywhere.
The exposed air ducts are painted shiny black as was the bare ceiling and roof supports, looked very cool.
32" - 47" TV's all over giving a light sports bar feel to the place though, thankfully, much quieter than any sports bar I've ever been in. Brick and exposed wood all over with corrugated metal used in the bar area. A very family friendly place indeed.
They had stainless and copper brewing vessels viewable but never saw anyone working them or any other indications that theses specific tanks were being used in 4 separate visits. Visited the week of July Fourth, 2008.
11-04-2008 11:51:51 | More by PorterLambic
More User Reviews:
2.71/5 rDev -28.7%
I never thought I'd find myself in a town like Pigeon Forge, TN, but there I was. And good lord what a festering, trashy tourist trap it is! Never ever again. Fortunately there was one little brewery stop here, and unfortunately it wasn't that great. But considering most of TN (at least the eastern half) seems to be a veritable wasteland for craft beer, it was among my only options.
The brewpub is at the back end of a polished little shopping center / mini golf course. It reeks of a chain, and rightly so, as it is actually a mini chain. The pub was pretty generic, family-friendly, sportbarish. Lots of seating and a good-sized bar. Not ideal for me, but not terrible.
The beer selection was pretty poor, and the quality of the brews wasn't that great either. Standard stuff, flagships, you know, a pale ale, a porter, an IPA, etc., etc. Glorified homebrew. One cool thing was they let you choose the size of your sampler flight, from 3 to 8 beers or something.
Service was simply terrible. All I really wanted was a few samplers. The bartender took forever to even glance in my direction, and when she finally did, and after telling me she'd be right there, it was about another 7 minutes before I got my order in, and afterwards, I had to wait almost as long to get my check. And this was mid-day with only about 5 other people at the bar.
I didn't sample the food, but the menu looked pretty decent, with most comfort food groups covered.
Prices seemed decent, but if you're planning on getting merch, beware, because that's where they get you. I ordered a little taster glass and the jerks charged me $7! That was more than the price of my sampler flight! If I wasn't so obsessed I would've thrown it back at them, but I just wanted to get the heck out of there, and keep a momento to remind me of Pigeon Forge and how terrible it is.
Ultimately, if you have to go to this town, and if you have to have craft beer, then...er...I don't know what to tell you. Maybe find a moonshine shop instead.
06-20-2013 06:47:14 | More by Rifugium
District of Columbia
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
My wife and I visited this place on a recent vacation to the Smokies. The beautiful part: It was right down the street from our hotel. Win!
Atmosphere: This place is located smack dab in the middle of tourist central, with tons of attractions (Titanic, Ripley's, dinner theaters, etc.) within walking distance. Inside is quite spacious, impeccably clean, warm, and inviting. I really dig the layout, especially the sight of the huge tanks through the glass.
Quality and Service: The server seemed fairly familiar with the beers on tap, but not with the craft beer scene as a whole. No matter. The menu was quite extensive as well.
Selection: Beer-wise, pretty much most common styles were represented here, with a special shout out to the Red Ale. As whole though, the beer was just fair.
Food: Sigh... I've eaten at the Gatlinburg location before and remember enjoying the food. However, on this visit, my wife and I split one of the monster-sized calzones and the cheese wasn't fully melted all the way through. Still though, I dig those potato skins!
Value: This was EXTREMELY well priced with the pints of beer being under $4. The food was priced about where it should be.
Overall: While this place is definitely not amazing by any stretch, I recommend this place wholeheartedly if you're into craft beer and you're in the area.
09-04-2012 23:43:52 | More by Chaney
3.38/5 rDev -11.1%
We visited Smoky Mountain Brewery during a weekend trip to Dollywood. It's on the main drag, in a tacky new-ish commercial area dominated by a minigolf course. Easy to miss from the road.
There was a live band doing mostly country and Eagles covers, with Tracy Chapman thrown in for fun. Mix of locals watching the band, and tourists. Service was friendly and prompt, and they were able to list the seasonal beers off the top of their head.
The beers were kind of ho-hum. Not too bad, not too good. Seven standard beers, plus two seasonal.
Food was all around average. I had a calzone. Nothing special, but it was fine.
Still probably the best option in the area as far as brewpubs go.
12-24-2009 00:58:06 | More by shivtim
4.68/5 rDev +23.2%
Saw this place when using BA's places to go to. So on the last day of our trip we visited this place. I tried 5 different brews and decided on the Appalachian Pale Ale. It was the best of the 5 I tried. The rest just lacked character. The service was great the server had a good knowledge the beers. She even brought me a half glass of of another IPA that was not on the menu. Wife and I had the steak and it was great.
We both brought home a six of pack of what we liked. If I go back to this area I will visit again.
08-10-2009 03:29:22 | More by ajflachs
2.85/5 rDev -25%
The restaurant as a whole was more than acceptable. Being a BA, I was obviously more interested in their beers. I've tried most of their beers and have not been overly impressed with any of them. There are hints of greatness, but in my opinion, they "dumb down" their beers to appeal to the masses. This could be a gateway for non-BA's to try different styles, but this is not a great place for BA's looking for standout beers. They do fill growlers and their only seasonal beer I treied was a summer ale, which I found almost undrinkable. I am confident aht they can brew better beers, but they just need to ramp them up a bit.
06-11-2009 12:49:14 | More by fat58hwy
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
My wife and I stayed for a week in Pigeon Forge and I was excited to give this place a try. The atmosphere was good and the wait staff was prompt and courteous. TV's everywhere and windows showing the brewing equipment are nice. Sadly the beer was not good. Tried four of their beers and was disappointed with all of them. They were all served in frosted mugs which is always a no-no and every beer was so low filled that it looked like someone had taken a few drinks before they even got to the table. My wife had a bleu burger which she seemed to enjoy and I am always looking for the best Reuben sandwich but this one was descent. I would recommend the potato salad because it was very good. Anyway, overall the meal was good but if you are looking for a beer try elsewhere.
04-20-2009 20:49:43 | More by robey12
Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant in Pigeon Forge, TN
88 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.