Rooted in Black Forest tradition, the Heinzelmännchen Brewery was founded by Dieter Kuhn, who as a young boy in Germany used to fetch his family's beer from the local brauhaus. Get a peek at beer’s birthing process with a guided stroll through the brewery. A tour guide (frequently the head brewer himself, although there are no guarantees) explains the Heinzelmännchen brewing system and equipment while delineating how each piece of machinery works, what it produces, and what its favorite Winston Churchill quotes are. Tours take place Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and can last between 5 and 20 minutes. After the tour, each participant can taste eight beer samples which vary day to day. Samples may include the pilsner-style Ancient Days honey blonde ale; the smooth, toffee-accented Middleworld brown ale; and the creamy, thick-headed Black Forest stout. Each carousing couple also goes home with two souvenir pint glasses and one Novum growler, a deceptively friendly jug-shaped transporter of beer perfect for hikes, ornithology retreats, and gingerbread-man hunts. Fill up the growler for an additional fee, but please note the pint glasses cannot be filled up at the brewery.
Mountain Valley Vineyards started producing wine in 1991 and has since come out with many popular choices including Mountain Valley Red and Blackberry Wine. We absolutely love serving our wine to both new and returning customers. Cheers!
Nestled between Little Pigeon River and the myriad attractions of Apple Barn Village, Apple Barn Winery dispenses bottles of its handcrafted orchard wines. Within the pastoral building, tasting glasses stand sentinel on a polished wood bar as servers pour dry, semisweet, and sweet wines. Some varietals are matured in French, Hungarian, and American oak barrels with toasted interiors that create drier wines and exude a strong aroma of Paul Bunyan. The winery offers a wide variety of apple wines with flavors complicated by the inclusion of such fruits as pomegranate, raspberry, and strawberry.
Nestled in the mountains of East Tennessee, Hillside Winery presses and ferments its catalog of Italian-style and sparkling wines on site, often using fruit sourced from local farms. A rustic tasting room puts visitors in relaxation mode, while they sip sangiovese, pinot grigio, and Asti-style spumante from complimentary tasting glasses or prepare to engage the gift shop’s stuffed bear in staring contests. Behind the scenes, guests can see the polished, stainless-steel drums that press the grapes and store the wines, and observe as each bottle is capped, not corked. Butterflies captured by nature photographer Patricia Ferguson grace Hillside’s wine labels, adding a delicate note to each wine’s flavor profile.