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Bearden Beer Market

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

20 Reviews
Reviews: 20
Visits: 38
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: 100
Cask: N
[ Bar, Store ]

4524 Old Kingston Pike
Knoxville, Tennessee, 37919-5234
United States
phone: (865) 712-4388

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @beardenbeermrkt

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Reviews: 20 | Visits: 38
Reviews by DCon:
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4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Passing through Knoxville on the way to Nashville, I saw the high ratings of this place so decided to swing by for a visit. Very "Texan" like entrance with open doors and then a HUGE area for either beer events or room for college parties. On the right (when walking into this open area) looked like a beer store. This was where you ordered your beer on-tap, in bottle, or took beer away. Growler refills were also available. They let you browse with no limits in the cooler with chilled bottles to-go available in the same room with the kegs, in the beer garden, or in the ping-pong/television room. While walking around for a while, there was a bon-fire going right next to the television room with a ping-pong table by it. A total college hang out!

Their "bar" has a chalkboard behind it with all of the listed beers on-tap. You can also buy any one of their beers on the shelves and enjoy also where ever you please.

Staff were easy going and friendly. I Was able to chat with Chris, the owner, and he knew exactly who I was meeting the next day for my tasting. Tight-knit community around Tennessee. After enjoying a brew with him, he gave me some pointers if I were to come back or when in Nashville what to see.

The selection on-tap was decent (7-8 offered including a nitro) but in bottle!?!? Couldn't beat this! I wasn't able to take anymore to go except for one or two interesting ones because of the haul I already created in the back of my trunk. Will be back when passing through Knoxville though!

I recommend stopping by this place for I've never seen anything like it! For my current age and what I like to do, this was a perfect place for great beer and to hang with friends. Don't come if your looking for a "waiting" on experience or classy. Very easy going here. (1,787 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of PassMeAZima
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of knoxbeer
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jshusc
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of JustinSparks
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of halo3one
2.91/5  rDev -32.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

Reminds me of a redneck farm party or backwoods bootlegger. The service was very good but the the best selection available was rogue, shiner, and miller light. (159 characters)

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Very kind people and extremely entertaining atmosphere. Selection however was extremely unimpressive. I'm not sure if it's due to local beer laws but there wasn't anything there I can't get at home in DC. That said, every time I visit my friend in TN we make it a point to go and play giant jenga. (298 characters)

Photo of harrod12
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of tmcginess
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of chaski101
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Great Outdoor beer garden spot in Knoxville
The Staff is fun energetic and know about the brews
dog friendly, and kid friendly (but kids are rarely there)
a slew of out door activities (corn hole, checkers, life size jenga, ping pong)

rotating taps that will come and go during your stay
nice package selection. Many places deliver food here, and they encourage you to bring anything you like to eat in, and will even provide a grill.

cons:
cant sell high gravity beers, but at least there are so many tasty low grav items (524 characters)

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of Jenebauer
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of GMan
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of gl1800rider
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of elkinbrown
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of Treyliff
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

We stopped here on our way to Bonnaroo, and they had planned ahead and stocked extra cans for the festival-goers. Bottle/Can selection is pretty good, nothing world class, they also keep constantly rotating tap lines, which was nice to fill my growler up as well. The outdoor patio is really nice with plenty of space, the store definitely had a nice vibe. We stayed long enough to have a couple on tap before taking off. Next time I go to Bannaroo, I'll definitely stop by again. (480 characters)

Photo of penguinboat
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of khargro2
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of mte1972
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of cruzbay
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

11-13-13
What a neat place. Outside they have a beer garden with fire pit and lots of seating. Looked very inviting, and there were a couple of people outside even for a chilly evening. I wish I had time to sample some of the beers on tap.

Inside the beer store is relatively small, but they make the most of the space and had a very large selection of beers. Probably close to 100. I am from Ohio so my focus was to find beers that are unavailable in OH. The selection had a significant portion of local beers from TN and neighboring states. I had no trouble finding some new beers to sample. They do not sell single bottles. They had a cooler with beers chilled and ready to go.

They had about 10 taps of quality craft beers to select from. Would have been fun to have one and sit by the fire.

The staff was very friendly and as helpful as I needed them to be. They even helped me carry my boxes of beer to my car.

The only issue was finding the place. GPS got me there, but the sign is low on the building and a truck was parked in front so I could not see it.

I went to a couple of other places while in town, some from this site, and this was the best.
Prost! (1,175 characters)

Photo of ZachBaldwin
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sansho
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

What a gem. Really. Driving from the north, heading to Asheville, I needed a beer after a long journey from Michigan. Pull up the old trusty BA, and this place was the winner, and I'm glad we stopped. They deserve the fine reviews it receives.
Does it have a great, world class, draft selection? No. Does it have rare one off bottles? No...but they will. Chris the owner is working hard for the greater good of TN. Changing people's mind set, and the laws that are imposed from the slow to transition local and state wide governing bodies. He is passionate, and knows the business.

It is a small store front, but after you walk into the back you will find one of the most unique beer gartens you have ever seen. It's an open space, with walls, a fire pit, a canopy, a huge projection tv...all good stuff.
Chris seems to be on the verge of something big, and I hope he makes it. Put that ball court in man! I'll bring the short shorts...booya!
Must stop if travelling through! (980 characters)

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Bearden Beer Market in Knoxville, TN
94 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.