Downtown Grill and Brewery located well downtown Knoxville was a pretty good place. The atmosphere was nice and the beers I had were pretty good. It reminded me of Big River but maybe a little less adventurous with tap rotation. Worth a visit if passing through town.
Our misguided hotel staff suggested this place over another nearby beer destination, and we regretted it. Don’t get me wrong, this place isn’t awful, but it really depends on what you’re looking for. As a brewpub, this place is borderline, with just a few, ordinary offerings. Instead, this place seems to be more focused on being a general downtown speakeasy, with an emphasis on well drinks and a social environment. The menu is pretty vast, if ordinary American bar fare. The servings were gigantic and well-priced, but didn’t exactly blow our socks off from a culinary point of view. The staff was swamped, but attentive and friendly, and even bought me a beer for being a veteran (thanks!). But for the traveling beer geek, if good beer is the objective, this isn’t the primary target. Brewery #790.
Visited on a Sunday around noon. Street parking is available, but limited. It’s in downtown, so I would advise parking in a garage and walking. Knoxville is fairly navigable, so not a big deal to walk. The bar area is located right inside the door, and my wife and I were lucky enough to find seats, although they were the last two that were beside each other. The bartender at the time was very friendly and took my order quickly. They had 9 beers the day I visited, with none of them really being standout. Seems to be more of a tourist bar than a serious craft beer brewery. Prices were great. I did not order food, but the people beside me did, and what they ordered at least looked good. A local did recommend eating here, but at the time, we weren’t hungry. Would probably skip if visiting town again, but am glad I did visit the one time.
Large characterful building. Square bar is up front, tables all around and on the second level. Pizza oven in back. You pass the mash tun (still warm to the touch) on the way to the restrooms. Service was friendly and attentive. Beers varied, but the stout was the stand-out. Apps were pretty standard but tasty. Worth a stop.
Kind of a "meh" place. Was recommended by a friend, so we decided to give it a shot. The beer was very bland, which we could have lived with, but the food was incredibly mediocre. Not OK. You’re better off eating at the Tomato Head and then going to Suttree’s for beer.
Service was unexceptional. Waitress didn’t kno what the seasonal had been that they had run out of. Didn’t inform me upfront that they were out of the seasonal. Ordered the White Mule Ale and they were out of that too - waitress didn’t inform me until I orders it.
Beer selection - being out of a seasonal is disappointing but at the same time being out of one of only seven regular beers is pathetic.
I had a great experience here, the waiter didn’t know as much about the beer as I hoped, but was nice and helped as much as he could. Food was amazing, we had pizza, the beer was solid, but nothing to brag about. Really fun place on a Sunday!