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Blackberry Farm Brewery Wins 2016 Great American Beer Festival Award
The Blackberry Farm Brewery team was honored to win a Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) recently for its Barrel Series Brett Saison in the category of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer.The Brett Saison is a golden farmhouse ale fermented with brettanomyces and aged in French oak red wine barrels. “Our guys bring so much passion and dedication to their work every day, it's an honor to call them friends and teammates,” said Chief Fermentation Officer Roy Milner. “We started our barrel program one year ago, and Brett Saison was our very first release. To bring another Silver Medal home from such a respected gathering of industry peers is humbling to say the least.”This is the second year that the brewery has entered the festival and it is the second silver medal received. The GABF received 7,227 entries this year, nearly a thousand more than last year. The GABF is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition that brings together breweries and diverse beer enthusiasts. “It’s always wonderful being able to visit with friends while at GABF, and to have our young barrel program receive this recognition for its first release was truly exciting.” said Brewmaster Daniel Heisler. The Blackberry Farm Brewery was also honored this year with a Beer World Cup Gold Medal for its Classic Saison.
Blackberry Farm Brewery’s Native Family of Ales Released
July 18, 2016

Blackberry Farm Brewery’s native family of ales features a wide range of styles and flavors that share one extraordinary, common component: native wild yeasts harvested from across Blackberry Farm’s protected acres at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains. These yeast strains have been carefully gathered and maintained for Blackberry Farm Brewery by South Yeast Labs and reflect the local micro-flora unique to Blackberry Farm’s location in the mountains of East Tennessee.

Blackberry Rye was brewed with select heritage barley and rye malts and fermented with a wild strain of native yeast harvested from honeysuckle blossoms found at Blackberry Farm. A secondary fermentation with blackberries and additional aging in Tennessee whiskey barrels lends accents of dark fruit and oak to this medium-bodied ale’s malty profile.

Tennessee Cream Ale is light golden in color, brewed flaked with corn and heirloom grits, and fermented with a wild strain of native yeast from our Farm for a delicately malty body with a hint of corn sweetness and a crisp, refreshing finish.

Blackberry Farm Brewery Wins Gold At The World Beer Cup
May 11, 2016


(Walland, T.N., May 11, 2016) — The Blackberry Farm Brewery won gold on May 6 at the World Beer Cup 2016 for its Classic Saison in the French and Belgian-Style Saison category. Held every two years, the World Beer Cup is often referred to as “The Olympics of Beer Competitions.”

“It was wonderful to be able to share the World Beer Cup, as well as the week leading up to it at the Craft Brewer's Conference, with some of my closest friends in the brewing industry,” said Brewmaster Daniel Heisler. “For the Blackberry Farm Brewery to be recognized with a medal at the World Beer Cup, included in the company of so many of our friends and inspirations, is truly an honor, and reflects the hard work and dedication that we put into crafting our beer.”

The Blackberry Farm Brewery’s flagship beer, Classic Saison beat 115 other French and Belgian-Style Saisons to win the gold. The World Beer Cup is widely known as the most prestigious beer competition in the world. In 2016, 6,596 beers were entered from 1,907 breweries from 55 countries for 96 beer styles.


Paste Magazine
March 28, 2016

Brewcast host and Paste Magazine contributor Billy Steele reviews Spring Saison.

Beer Connoisseur Magazine
March 2016

Our Classic Saison was recently featured by Beer Connoisseur magazine, receiving an overall rating of 96 (World Class). The full review, which was conducted by a National-ranked BJCP certified judge, can be read at and will also be included in an upcoming print issue of the magazine.

Beer Advocate
February 10, 2016

Thanks to Beer Advocate for reviewing our Classic Saison and Fall Saison. We are honored to receive a score of 94 on each beer!

Scenic City Supper Club in Chattanooga
January 31, 2016

January 31 – Dinner Under the Dome, the Winter installment of the seasonally based Scenic City Supper Club, took place under the beautiful dome of the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel. The multi-course dinner highlighting the winter season featured the cuisine of chefs Matt Bolus (404 Kitchen), Rebecca Barron (St. Johns), Nathan Flynt (2 Sons Kitchen) and Jeremy Vasterling (Main Street Meats). Cocktails were served by mixologist Brian Lindsay (Hush), and beer pairings were provided by Roy Milner (Blackberry Farm Brewery). The Scenic City Supper Club is a dining series aiming to shed light on Chattanooga’s emerging restaurant scene and its dedicated community of chefs, farmers, and producers. Launched in April 2015 by Erik and Amanda Niel of Easy Bistro & Bar and, the series hosts four dinners annually (one per season) to celebrate local talent and bring in chefs from across the Southeast and nationally.

Blackberry Farm Brewery Wins 2015 Great American Beer Festival Award
September 26, 2015

The Blackberry Farm Brewery team was honored to win a Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in September for its Summer Saison.

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BeerAdvocate's Return of the Belgian Beer Fest
September 17th


The Blackberry Farm Brewery team recently attended the BeerAdvocate Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, where selections from our Saison and Abbey families were featured alongside offerings from 70+ other Belgian and Belgian-inspired Breweries. The festival, created by BeerAdvocate and sponsored by Allagash Brewing, returned to Portland, ME in 2016 after a hiatus of several years with the goal of celebrating the rich history and global impact of Belgian brewing.


WTOP Beer of the Week
March 28, 2016

Greg Engert, Neighborhood Hospitality Group Beer Director and James Beard Award Nominee, features Noble Cuvee Dry Hop Saison (2015) as part of the Beer of the Week series on WTOP TV (Washington, DC).