Foothills Brewing Tap Takeover

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February 21, 2014 by knoxbeerdinosaur

Well, it’s been quite a winter so far! We’ve had two major (at least to us Southern dinos) snows within about a week of one another and lots of cold days. The first snow was nice but very cold. Last week it was beautiful but melted too quickly. Downtown was a winter wonderland. Check out the great pictures on the Urban Guy’s Inside of Knoxville blog here and here. It appeared that last Thursday was a snow day for most people. Downtown was pretty quiet except for a few snowball fights. Things started picking up slowly in the afternoon as the snow sadly but quickly melted.

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Here are a couple of shots taken from my windows. The first one is of Krutch Park. So very pretty.

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This one is down Union Ave. towards Gay St.

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They started working on Market Square Wednesday evening, trying to keep it cleaned off. Like an excited child, I kept on eye on the snow all night and was not disappointed with the results. It was a good day to stay home, eat and read. However, one can only eat and read so much. Luckily, I heard about a tap takeover on Thursday evening at Suttree’s High Gravity Tavern. It was to begin at 6:00 so we decided to get there around 5:30 in order to secure a table. On the way down Market Square, Jerry mentioned that it was probably already busy. I stupidly replied that it was early and wouldn’t be busy yet. Oh how wrong I was. We walked in the door and every table was taken and there were no empty barstools. Good grief! I guess everyone had cabin fever and decided to go to Ol’ Sutts because the rest of Market Square looked like a ghost town. Luckily we spotted our friend Katie at a table and it turns out we knew several people gathered around.

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The buzz of the night was the Sexual Chocolate so that, of course, was my first beer of the evening. It was a good beer but I didn’t think it was spectacular. It was a bit cold so I sat it aside and drank a couple of flights. It was definitely better after it warmed up. I got more of the chocolate and roasted flavors.

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My next beer was a flight of Foothills Jade IPA. Great citrus nose and flavor with a hop finish! I enjoyed this one. My next beer was Foothills Seeing Double IPA. Not bad but unexpectedly mild for a double IPA. Very lightly hopped.

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After that, I had a Schlafly Beer Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout. I got it by accident, it was supposed to be the Bourbon Barrel-Aged People’s Porter. I was able to taste both and I liked the Schlafly’s better! A happy accident. At this point, we were ready to walk home and call it a night.

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We were walking around, saying our goodbyes and ended up being persuaded to stay. That Louis really twisted my arm! I ended up with a flight of Foothills People’s Porter. Ok, this was my last beer!

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Yeah right! Next thing I knew, I had an Oskar Blues Ten Fidy in front of me. Not sure why but I’ve never tried it. I am happy I did. It had a roasted malt and coffee taste. Delicious. Thanks Louis. Now, this WAS my last beer!

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Wrong again. I was ready to go when yet another beer appeared magically in front of me. Louis must have a magic hat filled with beer instead of rabbits. A Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout. Roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate were all present. Thanks again Louis.

It was a perfect snow day with a perfect, slightly tipsy, ending. Work was a little rough on Friday but it was worth a mild headache to have so much fun and talk with friends I haven’t seen in a few weeks. Maybe spring will arrive early so we can all come out of hibernation.

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