September 2020 Update: Strange Times

A lot has changed since I posted the last club update in early March. We enjoyed one last gathering at Don’s house, and enjoyed a traditional Irish meal (and several great beers, of course) to celebrate St Patrick’s day on a lovely Saturday afternoon.

The next week Knox County issue its “Safer at Home” order, closing bars, restaurants, and any non-essential gatherings. TVH followed suit in cancelling all in-person meetings for the time being, and began hosting regular (typically twice per month) meetings via video conference. Since then we have continued our group projects (a Saison is now souring in the barrel, and an HIB project is forming to brew a Scottish Wee Heavy), and held just a couple low-key, in-person meetings. Most festivals and competitions have been cancelled or delayed this year, and at this point it’s hard to tell when we may go back to these events. Not much to do besides RDWHAHB, and of course buy a crowler or three from your local breweries and beer stores (shoutout to Casual Pint Harden Valley, we miss you!!). If you have an idea for a socially distant club activity, let us know!

In the meantime John Bolt has compiled “a brief and incomplete history” of the club. Check it out here.

In other news, the club welcomed 5 news members since March and congratulated John Peed on his retirement!

Club Update March 2020

Don’t let our infrequent updates fool you–the Tennessee Valley Homebrewers are alive and well! We recently welcomed three new members to the club steering committee–Stephen Alred, Scott Boyd, and Wayne Colbenson–and they are brimming with plans for some fun activities this year.

Here is a sneak preview of the year to come:

  • St Patty’s day party at Don’s
  • Off flavor tasting clinic
  • Central Ave brewery crawl
  • Homebruin Cup competition
  • Pig Roast
  • Club night at National Homebrew Con in Nashville
  • Border Battle tap takeover with Blount County Homebrewers
  • Asheville bus trip
  • Sour barrel project
  • Club tents at Thirsty Orange, Bruce Street Brewfest, Brewers Jam, and other local festivals

If you are interested in checking out the club, please join us at either of our two monthly pint night socials: the 1st Tuesday of the month at Casual Pint Harden Valley and the 3rd Wednesday of the month at Crafty Bastard West (in Echelon bike shop in Farragut), both start at about 6pm.