KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – November 16, 2015 – Just two weeks from the opening of its hiring center at Jackson Terminal on Tuesday, December 1st, Balter Beerworks – the former BP service station turned brewery and restaurant at the corner of Broadway and Jackson Avenue – today announced it has formed a strategic alliance with the Legacy Parks Foundation.
As part of the alliance, Balter Beerworks will be encouraging patrons during its soft launch and VIP event (with silent auction) in January 2016 to donate to Legacy Parks in support of its mission. During its grand opening week, Balter will be donating a percentage of the proceeds to Legacy Parks; and, on an ongoing basis, Balter will be designating one craft beer each month as the “Legacy Beer of the Month” with a percentage of sales going directly to support the Foundation.
Additionally, Balter Beerworks has agreed to serve as the rally point for a number of group rides and runs/walks organized by Legacy Parks throughout the year, as the two work together to help reinvigorate the West Jackson Avenue corridor.
Balter Beerworks is a local concept created by Knoxvillians and beer enthusiasts Blaine Wedekind and brewer Will Rutemeyer. The Balter Beerworks experience is designed to be different from the typical “brewpub” and will include a comfortable, upscale atmosphere complete with front porch dining, a breezeway and an outdoor beer garden. Balter will provide fresh, locally sourced food, handcrafted beer made on-site, as well as unique cocktails and a quality wine selection. The restaurant is scheduled to open in January 2016.
Balter Beerworks is being developed with the aid and counsel of Knoxville attorney David Wedekind and expert restaurant and brewery consultant Allen Corey. Corey is the former CEO of Big River Brewing Co., Gordon-Biersch Brewery Restaurant Group and most recently CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc. He is the founder and current president of Chattanooga’s Square One Holding Co., which has a minority ownership in Balter Beerworks and continues to provide support to Wedekind and Rutemeyer to prepare for the grand opening.
Legacy Parks Foundation is an East Tennessee nonprofit organization working to ensure that the community enjoys exceptional recreational opportunities, natural beauty and open spaces, and that these assets exist for generations to come. Legacy Parks works collaboratively to preserve the area’s extraordinary natural resources and to expand parks, create trails, and increase access to the area’s rivers. Since 2007, Legacy Parks has raised over $4 million for parks and open space, helped conserve 1,000 acres of forest and farmland, and added over 400 acres of parkland in Knox County.
“Becoming a part of the Downtown Knoxville community is important to us, and we’re fortunate to have formed a mutually-beneficial relationship with Carol Evans and the Legacy Parks Foundation,” said Blaine Wedekind, founder of Balter Beerworks. “We share in their mission of leaving East Tennessee better than we found it, and hope to continue our friendship for many years to come.”
Carol Evans, Executive Director of Legacy Parks Foundation, added “Everything about this project is encouraging for Downtown Knoxville. Not only has Balter Beerworks shown a strong commitment to the local community through its vision and operational practices, but the atmosphere and location will help accelerate the redevelopment of the West Jackson Avenue corridor, growing our network of recreational opportunities even further.”
For more information on Balter Beerworks, visit www.balterbeerworks.com or follow the company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Learn more about Legacy Parks by visiting www.legacyparks.org.