A brewery, like the beach, is a relaxing oasis that allows tired travelers to bask in golden hues, frolic in frothy spumes, and get in splash fights with siblings. Savor sudsy fun with today’s Groupon: for $18, you get a brewery tour package for four at Peace Tree Brewing Co. in Knoxville (a $36 value). The tour package consists of the following:
- A tour of the brewery.
- Four satin-etched pint glasses (a $5 value each).
- Sixteen beer samples (a $1 value each).
At Peace Tree Brewing Co., brewers craft complex microbrewed ales with ingredients such as Belgian yeast, candy sugar, and European and American malts. During the brewery tour, beer aficionados stroll through nurseries where hops, barley, and wort gurgle in vat bassinets and age into full-bodied ales. Afterwards, patrons brandish etched pint glasses and sample four beers apiece from the brewery's cache. The Red Rambler ale bursts with a medley of pale, caramel, and lightly roasted malts and the Hop Wrangler IPA is hopped four times during the brewing process, rendering it as bitter as the tears of a forgotten teddy bear. Beer fans thirsty for more stop off at the brewery's taproom, which serves year-round favorites as well as refreshing seasonal brews.
Peace Tree Brewing Company
Peace Tree Brewing Company takes its name from the ancient sycamore tree that currently peeks its head through the watery surface of Lake Red Rock. Legend has it before the tree was half submerged in water, it served as a meeting place for negotiations between natives and traders. Above all, the tree stood as a symbol of neighborly conversation, friendship, and agreement—aspects of life that Peace Tree Brewing Company hopes to facilitate with their frosty beers and neighborhood atmosphere.
Inside Peace Tree’s taproom, which is open Wednesday through Sunday, visitors can gather for tours of the brewery or sit and enjoy its year-round beers on draft. Sippers can introduce their taste buds to the malty flavor of Red Rambler or prepare themselves for the blend of American and English hops in the Hop Wrangler. Occasionally, guests might find seasonal brews available for taste, such as Cornucopia, an ale brewed with Iowa sweet corn, or the heavy and malty Imperial stout. Since the taproom has taken a vow of hunger, it doesn’t serve food, but it does have a bundle of local takeout menus that visitors can use to order food they can enjoy alongside their drinks and the occasional performance of local live music.