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Blackberry Farm Brewery Wins Gold at The World Beer Cup
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.

“I am just so proud of the Blackberry Farm Brewery team. The detail, effort and passion that go into creating a world class product are often immeasurable,” said Mary Celeste Beall, Proprietor of Blackberry Farm. “At Blackberry Farm, we do our best to present experiences, beverages and products that represent responsible craftsmanship and authenticity to our story. It is obvious that our brewery team has done just that by creating a Saison that is both enjoyable by so many and praised by industry critics and colleagues. "

Blackberry Farm Brewery’s Classic Saison is a Belgian-style farmhouse ale. The aroma is dominated by fruity esters reminiscent of citrus fruits along with a moderate earthy and floral hop aroma from the use of Noble-type hops in the brewing process. The beer has a deep, gold hue that is often hazy, and a voluminous head on pouring as a result of the bottle-conditioning and high natural carbonation.

"This achievement brings me full circle to a conversation that Sam Beall and I shared when we met in 2010. We both had a simple vision to make world-class beer in our beloved home state of Tennessee,” said Roy Milner, Chief Fermentation Officer. “I couldn't be any more proud of our team and their dedication to making that dream a reality with our Classic Saison.”

Blackberry Farm opened the doors to its new production facility a little over a year ago and is now producing 20 beers in 2016 with beers in the Saison, Abbey, Native and Barrel Series as well as several special releases planned. Consumers can find Blackberry Farm Brewery beers in restaurants and retailers located in 38 states in the United States.

For more information on the Blackberry Farm Brewery, please visit


Reach Your Wellness Goals in 2016
January 5, 2016
Whether you are a pro or a beginner, Blackberry Farm’s 2016 line up of Wellness events is sure to get you moving toward accomplishing your goals! From introductory events with our Wellness Enrichment Series to well-rounded Balanced Life and Body events all the way to high-energy events with our Intensive Series, all levels of wellness are offered with 9 Wellness and 4 Cycling events in 2016. Start your year off well and join us in 2016!
Blackberry Farm Honored as Multiple Winner of the Spafinder 2015 Wellness Travel Awards
November 12, 2015

Blackberry Farm, a Relais & Chateaux, 68-room property, was honored this week as three-time winner in the Spafinder 2015 Wellness Travel Awards, which were announced from London. Situated on 4200 acres in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm took home wins in the Category Awards for Best for Families, Best for Mind & Spirit, and Best for Outdoor Adventure & Activities.

“Blackberry Farm strives to offer a full spectrum of activities and enriching experiences to our guests during their stay,” said Blackberry Farm’s Director of Wellness, Amanda Myers. “Our intent through these Blackberry experiences is that our guests receive personalized attention and hospitality while delivering transformational health and wellness experiences. “

Spafinder Wellness 365 started the Wellness Travel Awards in 2014 to recognize the demand for healthier travel options and honor hotels, resorts, destination spas and retreats worldwide for offering the best wellness vacations and experiences.

Winners were selected by a panel of 33 travel and wellness industry editors and experts, who nominated 504 properties for consideration before narrowing the field to finalists in 53 countries and regions, and by consumers who voted for their favorite locations across 20 categories.

Blackberry Farm Recognized in Town & Country
July 16, 2015

Blackberry Farm has been recognized by Town & Country as one of the most luxurious wedding venues in the world. Read the full article here!

Blackberry Farm Brewery in Wine Enthusiast
July 16, 2015

Blackberry Farm and its Classic Saison were featured in Wine Enthusiast. Read the article to learn more about the brewery’s progress in its beer and bourbon production.

Blackberry Farm Sommelier on the TODAY Show!
June 30, 2015

Blackberry’s own sommelier Andy Chabot shares his best summer celebration advice on the TODAY show! From hamburgers to popcorn, Andy has the right beverage pairing for the occasion.

LA Times Reviews Wellness Vacation
June 13, 2015

Blackberry Farm has been spotted from coast to coast! Read more from the LA Times about Blackberry Farm’s Wellness experience!

Blackberry Farm is honored with 3rd James Beard Award
May 4, 2015

The Barn at Blackberry Farm, a Relais & Chateaux property and restaurant, receives its third James Beard Foundation Award in the last three years with the acceptance of the 2015 James Beard Award for Outstanding Service.

The James Beard Award for Outstanding Service is representative of the best restaurant service in the United States with Blackberry Farm competing against four other finalists from New Orleans, San Francisco, New York and Chicago.

“After back-to-back years of humbling recognition for our culinary experience with former Executive Chef Joseph Lenn as Best Chef, Southeast in 2013, and Director of Food and Beverage and Lead Sommelier Andy Chabot for Outstanding Wine Program in 2014, we are incredibly honored this year as the winner of the Outstanding Service Award,” said Blackberry Farm Proprietor Sam Beall. “This award is an honor among such a distinguished group of fellow peers, and I am incredibly proud of our entire Blackberry Farm team for their dedication and passion for quality.”

The Barn at Blackberry Farm first opened its doors in September of 2007 with James Beard nominations every year since its opening. The daily operations of The Barn are led by Director of Food and Beverage Andy Chabot, and Executive Chef Cassidee Dabney at the helm of the kitchen. Together and along with 150 food and beverage focused team members, they create dining experiences throughout a guest’s stay that strives to provide an authentic expression of the Smoky Mountains coupled with a strong dose of Southern hospitality.

"We are just so proud of our team and their tireless efforts to put our guests’ needs first," said Andy Chabot. “They love what they do and it shows!”

“This remarkable award came from years of real determination, commitment and passion by our team," said Proprietor Sam Beall. "A James Beard Award further validates that our humble little place in the hills of Tennessee offers the highest level of excellence in service in everything that we do!"

2015 Spafinder Wellness Trends: Blackberry Farm’s Deep Healing Woods
January 13, 2015
Spafinder Wellness 365 has ranked “Forest Bathing” as the #1 trend in 2015. The Japanese practice of meditation in nature has been proven to decrease blood pressure, heart rate, cortisol levels and the likelihood of depression among many other health benefits! Blackberry Farm is one of the only exclusive locations in the United States to experience forest bathing!
Blackberry Farm Recognized with Three Good Food Awards for 2015!
January 8, 2015

In January, Blackberry Farm artisans traveled to San Francisco to present their locally crafted products at the 5th annual Good Food Awards. Blackberry Farm won three Good Food Awards for this year, including Classic Saison Beer, Under the Pines Cheese, and Blackberry Farm Honey.  The Good Food Awards acknowledge artisan products that have been prepared with consideration for local culture and environmental sustainability. Shop Blackberry Farm products and taste for yourself! 


Wellhouse Featured in PULSE Magazine
January 1, 2015
Blackberry Farm’s own wellness director Amanda Anderson speaks about an average day in the Wellhouse.  “When the day is busy, the team is happy and the guests are thrilled.”  No matter what the daily challenges bring, Anderson and her team are well equipped to serve guests in the brand new facility. 
Voted Best All-Inclusive Resort of 2015 by Travel Channel
December 20, 2014
Blackberry Farm is excited to be recognized as one of Travel Channel’s Best All-Inclusive Resorts for 2015! Blackberry Farm is the only destination featured in the Southeastern United States.
Andy Chabot Featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine "Wine Learning Curve"
December 1, 2014
For many, selecting the proper wine can be overwhelming. In this featured go-to guide in Cosmopolitan Magazine, Andy Chabot offers helpful advice to readers.  “It’s easy to latch on to wine you like and drink it for a while because it’s safe. But don’t be afraid. The world starts to open up when you taste new wines. Try it all.”
American Spa Reviews Wellhouse
November 26, 2014
Blackberry Farm was recently featured in American Spa!  Check out the feature entitled “Rustic Retreat.”
SAVEUR Ranks Blackberry Farm Best All Inclusive Hotel 2014
October 1, 2014
SAVEUR, experts in the field of culinary travel, have honored Blackberry Farm with the Experts’ Choice Award!  Blackberry Farm is excited to be recognized as the best All-Inclusive Hotel for 2014.
Blackberry Farm Receives Two Awards from Andrew Harper!
September 1, 2014
Blackberry Farm is honored to announce two awards from Andrew Harper’s Readers’ Choice!  Blackberry ranked #1 for Food and Wine Resorts and #11 for Spa Resorts.
Town & Country Raves about New Spa
August 14, 2014
Blackberry Farm’s new Wellhouse has been featured by Town & Country, the luxury lifestyle experts. The Wellhouse guest experience includes seasonal treatments, fitness classes, a juice bar, and more! 
Chef Feathers' Innovative Recipe Featured on Food Network
August 6, 2014

Food Network, international leaders in culinary innovation, have recognized our very own, Chef Josh Feathers! In addition to taking breakfast food to the next level, Chef Feathers has created a nutritious, easy-to-make recipe for the home cook. This Chilled Strawberry-Date Oatmeal is an excellent choice for the health-conscious. 


The Barn is Considered One of Wine Enthusiast's Best American Wine Restaurants for 2014
August 1, 2014
Blackberry Farm is very honored to be one of the Best Wine Restaurants in America! Featuring more than 170,000 bottles, Blackberry Farm has an incredible selection of global wines.
State-of-the-Art Wellhouse Offers Even More Amenities
June 25, 2014
Interested in the health conscious, luxurious lifestyle? Read more about The Wellhouse in Robb Report’s article. 
Blackberry Farm Named Best Escape for the "Farm-to-Table Foodie" by Vogue
May 29, 2014
Blackberry Farm is honored to be featured in Vogue!
The Barn at Blackberry Farm wins the James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Program
May 7, 2014
The Barn at Blackberry Farm under the direction of Andy Chabot, director of food and beverage and sommelier, has won the 2014 James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Program. Andy began his career at Blackberry Farm, a Relais & Chateaux property, in 2002, and has been a significant part of the wine program including leading the team for the past nine years. The Barn at Blackberry Farm is the first restaurant in the South to win a James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Program.

"I am honored to have accepted a James Beard Award from the James Beard Foundation," said Andy Chabot.  "I am so proud of the wine team at Blackberry Farm and this award would not be possible without the dedication and high level of service from each member of our team and the Beall Family."

Chabot is a graduate of the CIA and originally developed an interest in the restaurant industry while working in local restaurants near where he grew up. Prior to Blackberry Farm, Chabot at a young age, found his interest was in front of the house operations.

“This remarkable award came from years of real determination, commitment and passion by Andy and his team," said Proprietor Sam Beall. "A James Beard Award further validates that our humble little place in the hills of Tennessee offers the highest level of excellence in wine service and everything else that we do!"

This is the second James Beard Award for Blackberry Farm. Chef Joseph Lenn, executive chef of The Barn, won a James Beard Award in 2013 for Best Chef Southeast.
Blackberry Farm Named One of the 10 Best Place to "Turn a Vacation into a Tasty Education" by Andrew Zimmerman
April 20, 2014
TV star and Chef Andrew Zimmerman shares his experiences in culinary education on vacation! Blackberry Farm is excited to be on Zimmerman’s list of best places to travel, eat, and learn.
Blackberry Farm is REAL Certified
April 10, 2014
Blackberry Farm is proud to announce the official certification of The Barn and Main House as the first restaurants in East Tennessee to be recognized as REAL, Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership. This program, which has been developed by the Tennessee Department of Health in partnership with the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) helps to pave the way in which environmentally and nutritionally mindful food service can help alleviate diet-related disease. 
Blackberry Farm Wins National Geographic's Top 50 Tours of a Lifetime!
April 10, 2014
Have you seen the Top Tours list for 2014? National Geographic urges its cyclists to take advantage of the beautiful Appalachian scenery at Blackberry Farm with a guided cycling tour of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park with TREK Travel!
Blackberry's Truffle Dogs Featured in Wall Street Journal
April 3, 2014
Trained to find one of the most coveted delicacies of American forests, Blackberry Farm’s intelligent companions have held their own in the expanding facet of the culinary industry.  This specialty bred Lagotto Romagnolo is an expert of finding the exquisite truffles. 
Blackberry Farm Recognized with Good Food Award 2014
January 22, 2014
The Good Food Awards, as determined by a professional panel of connoisseur judges, showcase many of the most culturally connected and unique food items. By way of old-fashioned methods and carefully determined processes, Blackberry Farm cheese maker Ryan Burger has managed to utilize the best flavors accessible to create a unique product, Downer Brown cheese. This cheese is made from pasteurized sheep milk cheese, bathed Blackberry’s own craft beer, dusted in dehydrated spent grain, and aged for several weeks. 
Blackberry Farm Makes the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List in 2014!
January 1, 2014
For the third consecutive year, Blackberry Farm has been considered one of the World’s Best Places to Stay for its “elegant accommodations,” as recognized by Condé Nast. 
Chef Joseph Lenn wins a James Beard Award
May 7, 2013

Joseph Lenn, executive chef of The Barn at Blackberry Farm is the 2013 James Beard Award winner for Best Chef Southeast. Chef Lenn is the first chef from Tennessee to win this distinction.
"I am humbled and honored to have received a James Beard Award from the James Beard Foundation," said Joseph Lenn.  "I am so proud of my Blackberry Farm team and would not be the chef I am today without each and every one of them."
A graduate of Johnston and Wales in Charleston, SC, Chef Lenn originally developed an interest in cooking while working in the butcher shop of a local grocery store near where he grew up in Knoxville, Tenn. Prior to Blackberry Farm, Lenn worked at the Peninsula Grill, and also assisted in the opening of the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville with Chef Sean Brock.

This was the second James Beard nomination for Chef Joseph Lenn. In addition, Blackberry Farm’s Food and Beverage Director Andy Chabot was nominated for a James Beard Award in the category of Outstanding Wine Program.  
Blackberry Farm’s biscuits are the new cover girl!
May 6, 2013
Blackberry Farm’s biscuits are the new cover girl! Congratulations to our friends at Garden & Gun Magazine for being named the Most Delicious magazine cover by the American Society of Magazine Editors. Blackberry Farm’s biscuits appeared on the cover that won the award! Check out our online gift shop to make these amazing biscuits at home.

Garden & Gun comes to Blackberry Farm June 6-9 for its annual Secret Society Event. Make reservations now to find out what the Secret Society is all about.
Blackberry Farm in USA Today
April 25, 2013
Check out this USA Today article about Blackberry Farm being named Bon Appetit's #1 Best Food Lovers Hotel! 
Bon Appetit names Blackberry Farm the #1 Food Lovers Hotel in America!
April 17, 2013
Bon Appétit today unveiled Blackberry Farm as the number one resort on their site for its cover story, “10 Best Food Lover’s Hotels in America” to be featured in its May issue, which hits newsstands on April 23.  Editor-In-Chief Adam Rapoport hails Blackberry Farm as “utterly delicious” and Executive Chef of the Barn Joseph Lenn’s Anson Mills grits (with pickled ramps, crisp Benton’s country ham, and ramp sabayon) as “the best dish [he] ate in 2012.” In addition to this coup, the cover image of the issue features a stack of gluten-free griddle cakes, created by Executive Chef of the Main House Chef Josh Feathers.

Bon Appétit describes this list as a collection of hotels that have outstanding food and that are also really cool destinations that Bon Appétit Editors just love to go to and want to return again and again.  They claim this list is a celebration of properties that make food equally as important as other aspects of a hotel all the while not just serving food that is good for hotel, but rather just serving good food, period!

View the entire article on Bon Appetit!

Shop our Gluten Free Griddle Cake Mix!

Shop Pickled Ramps!
As seen in the December 2012 issue of Town & Country. Holiday Gift Guide!
December 2012
Excited to see some of our Farmstead products are included in the 2012 Town & Country gift guide!  Check out the attached article and see our Pickled Ramps, Sopressata and Bread and Butter Pickles. Click here to view the entire article as seen in the December 2012 issue of Town & County.
Blackberry Farm Named #1 Food and Wine Resort and #2 Hideaway in the Country by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report
September 20, 2012

We are pleased to announce that Blackberry Farm has been awarded #1 food and wine resort and the #2 hideaway in America by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report. “We are so honored to receive not one but two accolades from the readers of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report and want to sincerely thank all of our guests and friends of Blackberry Farm who helped make this achievement possible”—Blackberry Farm proprietor Sam Beall.

Chef Lenn to Attend Euphoria Greenville
June 11, 2012

From September 20-23, Chef Joseph Lenn will be featured at the Euphoria Greenville event in Greenville, SC. This weekend-long event celebrates food, wine, and music through tasting events, wine tastings and presentations, and concerts by national recording artists. Chef Lenn will be featured alongside Chefs Gary Mennie of High Cotton and Mike Davis of Terra for the Sunday Supper. This farm to table experience will highlight Blackberry Farm’s famed foothills cuisine as guests enjoy classic libations and the sounds of Southern Blurgrass music.

Blackberry Farm’s World-Class Service Recognized as the Best in the U.S. and Canada by the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Service Awards
May 14, 2012

Blackberry Farm has been recognized by Travel + Leisure for its outstanding service as the number one resort in the U.S. and Canada in the 2012 World’s Best Service Awards.  Blackberry Farm also ranks as the number seven resort in the world for exceptional service, and is the only resort in North America to place within the T+L list of top 10 resort, inns, and lodges for service overall which is featured in the June 2012 issue and on now. 

“At Blackberry Farm, we want to ensure that all of our visitors’ expectations are surpassed,” stated Blackberry Farm Proprietor Sam Beall. “Exceptional service and attention to detail is something that we not only pride ourselves on, but it is a way of life on the farm. The personalized experience that we offer our guests contributes to what Blackberry Farm is all about, and we are very honored to be recognized by Travel + Leisure’s readers as the number one resort in North America for service. ”

Andy Chabot and Blackberry Farm highlighted in recent Wine Enthusiast Magazine article
May 5, 2012
Sommelier and Food and Beverage director Andy Chabot was recently interviewed as part of an article entitled “Tomato Tomahto” for Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Chabot gives his wine expertise knowledge on how to perfectly pair various tomatoes with wines.
Chef Feathers to go from the farm to Hawaii
May 3, 2012

Soon Chef Josh Feathers will be donning a Hawaiian lei as he participates in the second annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival (HFWF) to be held September 6-9, 2012. The event features more than 50 master chefs and legendary vintners, and will be held on Oahu.
Food lovers will experience a plethora of epicurean delights, including exciting cooking demos, wine tastings with top sommeliers, culinary workshops, industry seminars and field excursions during our daytime events, plus signature dining experiences over four nights.

Chef Feathers will be part of a stellar line up for the “From Farm to Table: A Makahiki Festival” at the Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. More than twenty of the celebrity chefs will pay tribute to the Hawaiian “Makahiki” festival or harvest season.

The event runs from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. on the Great Lawn of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Tickets start at $200 per person. Special travel packages will be available for purchase exclusively through

Blackberry Farm named a great farm-to-table restaurant in U.S. by
April 26, 2012 recently published great farm-to-table restaurants to dine at and Blackberry Farm was one of the restaurants featured. These restaurants take great pride in using ingredients grown on their own property and then eaten during meals.
Blackberry Farm to host private dinner at Atlanta Food and Wine Festival
April 26, 2012
Blackberry Farm will travel south for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival to be held May 10-13. Blackberry Farm will bring our renowned cuisine to Atlanta for a very special dinner at a gorgeous Buckhead estate that will delight guests and honor the region’s prized farmers.  The evening will offer a decadently delicious meal of regional flavors, featuring the products from this year’s celebrated farmers.  The wines and the story of Cultivate will grace the table and the evening, making this special dinner truly unique.
Biscuits, biscuits and more biscuits as part of the International Biscuit Festival May 16-19
April 25, 2012

Join Blackberry Farm in Knoxville, Tenn., for an elegant Brunch in the park. One of the highlights of the Festival, this sumptuous meal offers the best of “Foothills Cuisine” in a wonderful outdoor setting. The Chefs of Blackberry Farm feature the best foods the region has to offer and create a fine dining experience that is not to be missed.

Ranked #1 Resort in the Continental US and Canada by Travel + Leisure
July 7, 2011
Travel + Leisure magazine announced the results of its 2011 World’s Best Awards this morning, and we are excited to share that Blackberry Farm has come in at the top! Ranked #1 Resort in the Continental US and Canada, we are thrilled to say the least!  This is the first time we have found our way to the top of a category with no restrictions on the number of rooms!
June 16, 2011

Last weekend, wine and cheese lovers, had a rare opportunity to join chef, restaurateur and cheese expert Terrance Brennan and renowned Bordeaux vintner Thomas Duroux of Chateau Palmer for quite the celebration. We wanted to share with you the menu from the finale dinner!

New York Food and Wine Festival
June 10, 2011
From October 12-14, Chef Josh Feathers will be featured at the New York Food and Wine Festival. The New York Food and Wine Festival has quickly grown to become one of the most anticipated food and wine events in the U.S. and features many renowned chefs, winemakers, and artisans.  Chef Feathers will be highlighting his delectable brunch creations that he is so well known for at both a pairing demonstration and a brunch event during the weekend-long festival.
Alain Ducasse
May 10, 2011

Alain Ducasse is here at Blackberry, and we are excited!!!  So far we have seen him share with us secrets in the kitchen, like how to perfectly poach asparagus and the finesse to handling Halibut.  Tonight we are in for a real treat!  Check out the menu below to see what guests will be delighting in this evening!  Oh, and what amazing wines they are sipping on from the likes of Domain Perrot-Minot and Masion Leroy!

Voted Best Hotel Bar in the South by Imbibe
April 1st, 2011

Imbibe Magazine, the ultimate drink magazine, put together a field guide to finding the best drinks of the South, and we were chosen as one of the Best Hotel Bars. The Dogwood Bar and Barn Bar feature a variety of drinks from an extensive whiskey list to unique cocktail creations.

100 Bottles of Wine on the Wall – to benefit Children’s Hospital Boston
April 14, 2010

This April 14th, Executive Chef Joseph Lenn will participate in 100 Bottles of Wine on the Wall, an annual event to benefit the Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA. This extraordinary evening will feature a host of celebrity chefs including Barbara Lynch, Daniel Bruce, Sam Mason, Ming Tsai, and Angela and Seth Raynor as well as our own Joseph Lenn. Along with delectable cuisine, exquisite wines will also be presented by renowned sommeliers. The evening will culminate in an exclusive auction of rare wines and one of a kind experiences, all to benefit the Children’s Hospital.