Portion of Grand Opening Week Proceeds to Benefit Legacy Parks Foundation
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – January 26, 2016 – Balter Beerworks – the former BP service station turned microbrewery and restaurant at the corner of Broadway and Jackson Avenue in downtown Knoxville – announced today that it will open its doors to the public for the first time on Monday, February 8th at 11:00 a.m.
To add to the celebration, Balter Beerworks has agreed to donate a portion of its grand opening week proceeds to support the Legacy Parks Foundation and its mission to preserve the area’s extraordinary natural resources and expand parks, create trails, and increase access to the area’s rivers. This is part of a strategic alliance that was formed in November 2015, which includes Balter also designating one craft beer each month as the “Legacy Beer of the Month” with a percentage of these sales also going directly to support the Foundation.
“It’s indescribable how exciting it is to see our vision finally come to fruition,” said Blaine Wedekind, founder of Balter Beerworks. “The outpouring of support that we’ve received and the relationships that we’ve developed over the last few months have been truly humbling. It’s this, along with our partnership with Legacy Parks and our part in the reinvigoration of the West Jackson Avenue corridor, that are driving us even more to deliver a craft beer and restaurant experience that Knoxville can be proud of.”
Balter Beerworks is a local concept created by Knoxvillians and beer enthusiasts Blaine Wedekind and brewer Will Rutemeyer, who have sought to bring a different experience from the typical “brewpub” to downtown Knoxville. What they’ve created includes a comfortable, upscale atmosphere complete with front porch dining, a breezeway and an outdoor beer garden; fresh, locally sourced food with more than 30 shareable dishes; handcrafted beer made on-site; as well as signature cocktails and a quality wine selection.
Further, Balter Beerworks has been developed with the aid and counsel of expert restaurant and brewery consultants – Chattanooga’s Square One Holding Co., which has a minority ownership in Balter Beerworks and continues to provide support to the Balter leadership team in preparation for the grand opening. Square One is led by founder and current president, Allen Corey, who is the former CEO of Big River Brewing Co., Gordon-Biersch Brewery Restaurant Group and most recently CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc.
Balter Beerworks has hired more than 60 employees since early December and is looking to fill a few additional staff positions, including dishwashers and hosts. Interested parties should visit www.BalterBeerworks.com to access and print an application and then submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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