Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

Smoky Mountain Brewery & RestaurantSmoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1004 Parkway Ste 501
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 37738-3172
United States

(865) 436-4200 | map

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Photo of Suds
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I visited this brewery with my wife and son, while camping and rafting nearby. It was our first trip to Gatlinburg, and the crowds made parking and finding this brewpub a bit of a challenge. The restaurant has an outdoor theme, with a cabin-like feel. The service was friendly, but also a little slow and disorganized, and he got a few things wrong with our orders. However, the welcoming atmosphere made up for the errors. The beer was solidly good, but not outstanding. I enjoyed the IPA and the Stout, which had a smokey quality. The food was typical pub fare, and I had a reasonably good burger. Worth a visit, but not really worth raving about.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Came here after a long day of hiking Mount Leconte. We were staying in Gatlinburg anyway, so figured we'd check this place out. Very much the feel of a ski-lodge pub. Big place, with two levels of bar and dining area. The food was okay, what you'd expect for a pub in a touristy area, I guess. We ordered a sampler of their beers and all of them were sub-par in my opinion, but again, aimed at the masses. I doubt the beer comes first here. In fact, I know the beer doesn't come first here because every table around me had a crying baby at it. They must have hated the beer even more than I did.

I honestly expected Gatlinburg to be more like a Jackson Hole, WY or North Conway, NH, but it's more like a hillbilly Vegas strip or Niagra Falls minus the gambling. At least downtown was like this, but as I drove out of that sad little town I was met with the same cheap tourist traps in places like Pigeon Forge. It made my heart sad.

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Photo of WynnO
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Almost no beer in Gatlinburg, so then this becomes the place to go.

Came on Friday night after 10 PM with family and friends. The bar is upstairs, and it has a decent variety of home grown brews. The major downer was the music---so ridiculously loud that you cannot talk to anyone unless you get in their face. That ruined the good time for me. (Oh good. The band just stopped for a break with NO APPLAUSE--wonder why?)

They have decent pizza here. I suspect the other food is decent. Service is friendly.

The beer? It's drinkable. No award winning stuff but nothing bad. Just average. Of course I had to leave after two because I was hoarse from screaming at my friends across the table and almost lost my voice.

Beer lovers, this is a must visit if you are here. Unless you like live music to bleed your ears by, come when there is no band playing.

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Photo of Volsdawg10
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Pretty cool place. My wife and I just stopped in to try some beers before going up to Ober Gatlinburg. The atmosphere was really enjoyable but I can't say the same about the service. Don't know if it was just that night or what but it wasnt the best. Luckily it was the places only downfall. They have a pretty decent selection of beers for it being a small brewery. I got the Mountain Light beer and the Whitewater Wheat. Both were pretty good. I avoided the heavy stuff because we were going ice skating after. On the way out I picked up a six pack. They allow you to make your own assortment so I got the Cherokee Red Ale, Appalachian Pale Ale, Black Bear Ale, Old Thunder Road, Tuckaleechee Porter, and Mountain Light. Each were decent to good in their own way.

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Photo of OMsweetOM
4.56/5  rDev +21.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Excellent brews and quality food.

The pretzel with beer/cheese dip, pizza and brewmaster calzone were fantastic.

I was bummed to just miss out on the IPA but the App Pale Ale, Thunder and Porter are all great. While we dined in Pigeon Forge and missed the IPA there, I found that the Gatlinburg location had the IPA waiting for me on our way out of town. Hello growler fill.

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Photo of mwar
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Let me start by saying the service is always exceptional....none of the phony "Southern Hospitality" so prevalent in the area.

Downstairs is basically where they brew the beer and prepare the food. Upstair a bar that seats 12-14 and multiple tables. Happy Hour til 7:00....$4.25 for 34 oz monster mugs! Unbeatable.

I visit every time I come to town, and on every occasion I have met someone interesting! As stated above the girls behind the bar are superb!

The Black Bear Ale is my favorite (English Brown Ale). Though on this, visit I opted for the Winter Warmer and it was exceptional....tasted like a well brewed American Brown Ale. The Porter is average.

Pizza is excellent, meatball sub very good as well. My favorite side is the mustard potato salad.

As a few have stated below finding anything remotely interesting in Gatlingurg is a challenge. Avoid Puckers, Hogs and Honey's and Blaine's.

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Photo of hdf561
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Visisted both the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge on a trip to Dollywood, and the surounding area.

Overall this was a great place to get some good quality micro brew beers. I really enjoyed the Mountain Light beer as at this point I was just starting to branch outside my Coors comfort zone.

The Gatlinburg one was more like a cozy pub, while the Pigeon Forge one was more like a commercial sports bar...both were to my liking cant wait to go back, and when I do this time I will be brinign some beer home with me!

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Photo of hippityhophead24
4.68/5  rDev +24.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I usually go here everytime I visit Gatlinburg. Its fun and I always have a great time. The employees are great. Love chatting with them. There is usually a band playing or some sort of music happenings. The food is nice, really like their pizza. The beer flats they offer are nice too. They have two different sizes, one containing more beers than the other. All there brews are tasty and reasonably priced. Their stout and porter are my favorite though. They alsohave have other beers that are not made in house. And the... liquor selection is very nice as well, good mixed drinks. Definitely check it out if you're in the area!

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Photo of Hoppedup616
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I was in TN for a while and stopped in a few of the Smoky Mountain Brewerys, mainly for their pizzas. Heard from a few freinds that their Winter Warmer was something to try, so I though I'd stop in and see what it was about, if anything I'd get a pizza out of it. The Winter Warmer was exactly what my friend said it was, something to try. Their beers are average, but for the area, it's a fun thing to do. Had a few of their other beers, but the Winter Warmer was the best out of the bunch. It's one of their seasonal beers, and I was there at the time to try it. Now, their pizzas are incredible. All brick oven and hand-tossed. I had the Brewmaster pizza about 10 times, it was great each time. Four-cheese blend “white” pie with roasted chicken, garlic roasted tomatoes and spinach, damn good pizza. Plus, I think one of the requirements to work there as a waitress is to be gorgeous. Best looking staff I've seen in a while. Very polite as well. All in all, it was a different experience. The pizza kept me coming back more than the beer.

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Photo of tnrambler
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The Smoky Mountain Brewery is located on the back side of Calhouns Village on the Parkway in Gatlinburg. The restaurant and bar area are located upstairs in this establishment known around town for its pizza and in-house brews (which are also available at Calhouns and Cherokee Grill in the same complex). If you are driving, parking is free in their lot with your receipt (at least that is the policy at the time of this review). On the night that we were last there, we had a wait of about 20 minutes. Usually we are able to be seated immediately.

I always give props to a place that is confident enough in their brews to serve them exclusively - and that is the case here. All of the beers are fresh from the brewhouse on the first floor. I've tried the Cherokee Red and the Tuckaleechee Porter, both were very good - especially for a town that is not known for a wide variety of beer.

This is a pretty typical pizza place with some excellent special pizzas and calzones on the menu. Prices are very reasonable and the place is very family friendly.

Over the years, this has become a regular stop for us when we visit Gatlinburg. I should note that this is part of the Copper Cellar family of restaurants (an East Tennessee tradition) with additional locations in Knoxville, Pigeon Forge and Maryville.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Was in Gaitlinburg for my fraternity's formal and we happened upon the Smokey Mountain Brewery and decided to stop for lunch.
Atmosphere, very good. Clearly this is a brew pub in the mountains, an adequate size and lighting. Sports TV's as well as brewery stuff all over the walls.
Quality was solid. They have a sincere feel to thier establishment.
Service was good, our waitress was very efficient and very knowledgeable of the menu and the drink menu, I got very detailed explanations each style they brew and analogous tastes.
Selection is an B+ for range of styles, everything from a Light Lager to a Porter with a Winter Warmer and an English Brown Ale in between. No stouts or Belgian styles or anything extreme. But a solid selection of styles for rookies and vets at the beer rating thing.
Food was great, large portions, I got a ranch chicken sandwich for 8.29 that I didn't finish as a result of it size, everyone in our party went home with take-home boxes. Great tasting food, not a 5 star restaurant but perfect "brewery in the mountains" food. (Pretzels and beer cheese were also a great appetizer)
Value was great. Their premium pints were 4.50, they have a 6 beer taster that is 5.65 that gives you 5 oz of any 6 beers on their tap line, great value of food and beer.

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Photo of thesyko56
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Stuck directly in the middle of the tourist trap that is Gatlinburg Tennessee you will find the Smokey Mountain Brewery and thank god for that. The atmosphere is alright but not great. It just seems like a normal restaurant. The bartender on this particular night was very cool. He accommodated us with anything we needed. The beer was good especially their Appalachian Pale Ale is the best offer. AT the time of my visit they had four of their brews on tap which isn't great but better than one. As far as food goes I would recommend their BBQ it was very tasty. If you must vist Gatlinburg it is worth the stop.

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Photo of Excalibutter
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

First Review
I am from East Tennessee. Our selection of breweries/brew pubs is very limited. I do, however, work for an airline and travel a lot. I have visited certain cities only to try their local brewing establishments. But, Smokey Mountain Brewery is near to my home and deep within the cheesy tourist-fest that is Gatlinburg.

I was quite surprised by the taste of their on-site brews. The prices where reasonable; I sampled five beers in five-ounce glasses for around $5. I especially liked the Black Bear Ale (a smooth brown ale), and their porter was not bad either.
The service and atmosphere where very good; our server was very attentive and placed all the samples on a labeled place mat. The food was average to good, but extra points for the hot soft pretzels.

Overall, not the tourist trap gimmick I was expecting. If you're in East Tennessee looking to get into the mountains and don't mind the droves of tourists, pass up the hundreds of other restaurants and give this one a try. It's proximity to the actual Smokey Mountain National Park means you could take a back way into the park, skip all the traffic, outlet malls, and redneck tourist and really enjoy some beautiful scenery and good brews. I will definitely be back.

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Photo of antzman
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Right off the main drag in Gatlinburg, towards the entrance to the Smokey Mountain National Park. It is in a little shopping area for Calhoun's with its own parking, which is a plus in this part of Gatlingburg. The building has ski-lodge look and feel to it. Big A-Frame with plenty of wood trim. Upon entering the front doors, you immediately see a decent sized brewing operation behind glass. We were seated upstairs quickly. Again, the lodge feel is still there. Plenty of televisions wherever the eyes wander. We were given our menues and when I asked the server about the beers, he started pointing at each one and compared it to macros, like their amber is like Killians, the light lager is like Bud Light, etc. Not the best way to get my attention, but we are in tourist hell, so it makes sense. I ordered their Harvest Ale, which is a light bodied German-style Marzen. Very light actually. I then tried the Black Bear Brown Ale, which was a huge improvement. The food we ordered was very good, with huge portions. The pretzels and beer cheese were a great appetizer. We paid almost $6 a pint for the beers, which was a bit much for what we got. Not a bad place overall, but a decent place if you are in Gatlinburg

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Photo of nem2006
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This place is located right on the main drag running through Gatlinburg, about a quarter to a half mile from where the road goes to enter Smoky Mountain National Park.

Really a great place to go if you are looking for a nice variety of beers. Also if you head there during happy hour (4-6pm?) you can get great deals on the beers.

This brewery has too levels, the top one containing the bar area. There is plenty of room and whenever we went we were able to find a spot in the bar right away. Has a slightly rustic, outdoors feeling to it. Several TVs to watch any sports that might be on.

The service was nothing to rave about, but also nothing to scoff at. Their brews were really good. I have had them before and in my opinion they have improved over the last year. I was surprised by the quality consistency across such a wide range of beer styles.

Whenever I am in the area, I intend to drop in and have a few.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I was ecstatic to find this place in Gatlinburg. Had heard of the brews but wasn't sure where it was located. The wife and I decided to go over for her birthday dinner. While the service was a little lacking, the food and brews were terrific... My wife had thew Tuckaleechee Porter and I had the Old Thunder Road Pilsner and the Capricator Bock. We both had patty melts and everything was terrific. A definite stop when you're in the area.. I wish they had a bigger selection of brews to choose from but it was still a good place..

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Photo of drinksandeats
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I stopped here with several other hikers while passing through the Smokies on the AT. We hit Gatlinburg on an April weekday, and the streets and restaurants were empty. Rumors of karaoke lured us to the Smoky Mountain Brewery, and the beer and food surprised us as being better than expected. We got a flight of six of their drafts, and they were excellent. Our tolerance for alcohol was weakened by our time in the woods, and thus a full review of the beers is marred, but rest assured that the samples were quality. Our food tasted great and was large enough for our hiker appetites, and the waitstaff was very friendly. The only downside is the girl giving her boyfriend a lap dance three feet in front of me while I sang "Livin' on a Prayer", but the story is worth the price. I heartily recommend Smoky Mountain Brewery.

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Photo of beeragent
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I went here while on a hiking trip in Gatlinburg. I've had their beer before at Calhouns, so I knew I wouldnt be dissapointed. Before eating, I decided to try a sampler of their 6 mainline beers, all of which I've had before. After the six, I decided to try a sample of their three seasonal beers, which at this time were an Oktoberfest style called Harvest Ale, a wheat beer, and a pumpkin ale. All were good. Overall, for nine 5oz. samples, I found it reasonable that it cost less than $10. The food was decent, being a little better than what you would normally find in a microbrewery. Mostly sandwiches and pizza, but with a few specialty items on the menu. The atmosphere was what you would expect from a touristy location. Not too loud, but not exactly quite either. The service was good, meaning it didnt take too long for the food, and the waiter seemed to know enough about the beer and food to answer questions. Overall, not a bad place, and definitely one that I will visit again in the future.

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Photo of jessecollins
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is great. My family and I have been to Gatlinburg several times within the past year (most recently in late June) and we always go to the Smoky Mountain Brewery. The food and beer are excellent and they have a pretty good band on the weekend that starts around 10pm. For food, I highly recommend the Philly Cheese Steak and the Thunder Road Chicken Wings. For beer, I highly recommend the Black Bear Ale, Tuckaleechee Porter, and the seasonal Pumpkin. Their Pumpkin is more of a sweet Pumpkin versus a spicy Pumpkin and it is the best I have ever had. During the weekend this place gets pretty busy (as with everything in Gatlinburg) so I would not recommend going here if you are in a hurry and just want to quickly grab some food.

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Photo of dojobrewco
2.74/5  rDev -26.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

After sitting at the Calhouns bar for dinner the bartender informed us that he would be closing shortly, but the Smokey Mountain Brewery would be open late. Located slightly off the Parkway we made our way. We walked in and realized shortly that no one was going to seat us so we made our way upstairs to where all the noise was coming from. The atmosphere was confusing and disorganized but the service was descent. The brew was average and the entertainment on this night was mediocore. Overall I am glad we didn't get snowed in this place given that it was the middle of January. The time of year prob. influenced my overall view of this place but I will be back in Oct. and may have a different opinion.

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Photo of kdoc8
3.75/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I went to the Smoky Mountains for a camping trip in November. Which was smart, because the park was not very crowded, but dumb, because it rained a lot. Much of the time we didn't feel like tenting in the rain and couldn't have built a fire to cook anyway, so we ended up in brew pubs. This one was pretty unique. You walk in and there's a feeling of being in a brewery - lots of casks rolled about. But that's the atmosphere - most of the seating was upstairs. We were seated way off in the back right next to the stage (where live music would be playing later that night, but we didn't stay because the "pleasures of Gatlinburg" awaited...). They had samplers of their beers, none of which were overwhelmingly good, but they had about 8 brews on tap - maybe more. The menu was good - some good vegetarian and carnivorous options. It was set back from the main Gatlinburg drag, so it was a bit difficult to find, but I'd recommend it for some beers and food after your hiking.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.9/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went to the Smoky Mountains for my birthday weekend with the girlfriend and stayed in Gatlinburg with the design of reviewing this establishment along with the rest of the hoopla and kitch in that city. Our first night we stopped in but they had a hour plus wait and the bar was loud, crowded and smoky so we took a mixed sixer of bottles back to our hotel and ordered some pizza.

The next night we headed up the road to the Pigeon Forge location, which was, alas, just as crowded but this time we stuck out the hour wait and watched college football with the rest of the Saturday evening crowd and chomped hot pretzels with beer cheese...strong. Decor is typical brewpub/sports bar with the vats in a glass case, sacks of barley, and lots of tvs. This location seemed more family oriented and was definitely less smoky, which was a definite plus for us.

When our table was ready we were impressed wiith the friendly service (at the bar it was busy and a bit abrupt) and the tasty food. I had a blue cheese/bacon burger and a Ceasar salad to go with the beer sampler, and some key lime pie for dessert. All the food was excellent, the sampler was decent but nothing spectacular. Having tried most of their brews the night before I'd say the Appalachian pale ale was the top pick, followed by the harvest ale and the porter.

The total bill was pretty reasonable and in general this was a very good brewpub experience.. I'm not sure if you can beat that hour wait unless you happen to not be there on a weekend.

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Photo of Tuey13
4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Found this brewery while out with my buddy.... He is an entertainer and I was down in Pigeon Forge Oct. 25 thru Oct. 29 to visit him while he was playing there. The place was a nice place for 2 friends to escape for a while. Plenty of TV's and a great view of the "tanks" behind glass on the far walls of the establishment. The bartenders were very friendly and knowledgeable about the beers and we had a great time discussing them as we sampled. Even took a 64oz growler of the Tuckaleechee Porter which we refilled a coulple times during our stay. My only complaint is that a few of the employees were rude and they seem to cater to locals a little too much! On one of the times we tried to get our growler refilled the server rudely told us they were closed even though there was nearly 20 minutes before closing time and said this as they were pouring some more pints for locals at the bar! Besides that I loved this place A++ This review is for the Pigeon Forge location.

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Photo of veech
4.05/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place is a good respite in a terrible tacky, overdeveloped and commercialized area. I grew up in Pigeon Forge and that is the location I'm reviewing. The Gatlinburg brewery has somewhat more natural surroundings, but is considerebly smaller. It is very dependent on when one visits as to what you will experience there. It gets extremely busy during tourist season which is becoming year round now. The layout is very spacious with ample seating at and around the bar. Decor is standard for a brewpub as well with brick and rough wood dominating the theme of old warehouse brewery. There is a stage on the far end of the dining area and if bands play they are usually too loud. Some refuge can be found if one is seated in front of the glass encased brew tanks. It can get quite smoky at times as well in the bar area. The beers are all well done and very representative of their styles. The seasonals are quite good esp the fall Marzen Harvest fest and the Winter Warmer. Food is usually excellent esp appetizers, and service is solid. The brewer Ben is usually there in the mornings and is willing to talk beer and maybe give a quick tour if time allows. I recommend visiting in the late fall or early spring before the summer heat and crowds ruin the atmosphere and general feel of the entire area. Overall well worth a stop, but it can be variable depending on when you visit.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This was certainly on the itenerary during my recent Smokey Mountain vacation. Had intended on visiting the one in Gatlinburg, but I accidently came upon the one in Pigeon Forge so we went there. It is located in one of the many outlet parks in Pigeon Forge. Has brew tank on the roof with Smokey Mountain Brewery logo painted on it. As you walk in restraunt is to the right with a stage behind it. Brewery is in the back and is enclosed by glass so you can see what is going on. The brewer was cleaning out the mash tank while we were there. Bar is to the left. Lots of wood decor and several T.V.'s so you can watch the latest Mideast crisis or sports. Beers are good. Nothing earth shattering but good micro brews none the less. All I saw were there house beers. I didn't see anything else on tap or in bottles. Samplers come in what appears to be about 8oz pilsner glasses. I got 3 for 3.50. A deal if you ask me. I had the Ale Steak and it was very good. I also walked out with a case of beer for 30 bucks. Again I thought that was a very fair price. Food prices are about par with other brew pubs and other restraunts in the Smokey Mountain tourist area. If ever vacationing here I would recommend visiting Smokey Mountain Brewery.

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