NachlamSie (622) Denver, Colorado | February 27, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 9/20
Brew-Ha-Ha is Sevier County’s first dedicated beer store. It features over 300 different brands of micros and imports as well as glassware and homebrewing supplies. Everything here is available in singles. So, sounds pretty good, right? Well the reality is that despite having the widest range of beer in the county, I could only find two beers that I would be willing to spend money on. I’m not sure if this is due to the ownership’s taste in beer or if they are catering specifically to the tourist clientele of Gatlinburg. Probably a combination of the two. The beer selection focuses primarily on non-interesting European imported lagers and low-end American mircobrews. There is a ton of Saranac, Roscoe’s Hop House, Tommyknocker, Blue Moon seasonals, etc. while the list of quality beers that are for sale elsewhere in the same county but are not here is head-scratching. Of the Sweetwater lineup, only 420 is here. There are no seasonals from Highland, no Lagunitas or Victory beers whatsoever, no Bridgeport stuff, no Foothills, no Terrapin. There is only one cooler in the store and it curiously does not house the few IPA’s or pilseners which are instead out at room temperature on the shelf. There were ancient growlers from Craggie Brewing dying on the shelf and most frustratingly a new opaque, express cold-shipped, prominently date stamped six pack box of Pilsner Urquell had been opened to expose the fragile contents to direct light and higher temperatures. On the bright side, I was fairly happy to finally see Weihenstephaner hefeweizen and Rodenbach in this town. The beers are reasonably priced as well, a surprise for the downtown Gatlinburg market.