Visited in 2014 as a pit stop on the way from Asheville to Knoxville. Plus we have a semi-rule that we stop at all brewpubs & brewery taprooms that we pass on our teavels. Big mountain chalet style place, just off the main drag in the tourist trap that is Gatlinburg(although slightly less tacky thasn Pigeon Forge). Lunch was fine. All nine beers available could be had in a sampler - not always the case in brewpubs, where you’r sometimes expected to take a smaller selection - and I took all nine. All drinkable but generally mediocre. By no means a top beer destination but, as there’s precious little else in these parts, it’s no hardship to drop in if you’re passing.
Befitting of the Gatlinburg vibe that overall was extremely disappointing, this place was a bit of a let down. We arrived early for midweek dinner, but the place wasn’t very clean (eaten chicken wings around the bar floor area, general debris around and about the dining area, etc), and it weren’t a brewpub, I don’t think I would’ve stayed thru the initial impression. That said, the service was OK, although we really couldn’t tell who was our server ... 3 or 4 different people would stop by frequently, but then there would be 3 or 4 staff just standing around the computer gossiping and not paying attention to anyone. The food was OK, and the beers were probably the best Gatlinburg has to offer, unfortunately. If you’re in town, this is the place to go I guess, but temper your expectations. Brewery #791.
Visited on a rainy evening in November. Farily slow during my visit, but it was a little before the evening rush. They had 10 beers on tap, and the majority were new to me. My sampler of all 10 was fairly inexpensive. The bartender checked in on me about as often as I would like, and she kept my water glass full. All things considered, this place is alright. Not somewhere I would go to expect to find great beer, but a fair place to go to get out of the tourist trap that is Gatlinburg.
Place looks like a mountain cabin but with a club-house feel with all the different colored lighting inside.
We didn’t stop for food, so can’t rate that. Seems to me to be a bit like a Rock Bottom style of setup here, though the beer wasn’t as good. For anyone familiar with the "Hops" chain, it’s certainly better than that but keep it in mind.
Seasonals were the best options on the menu. I believe it’s the only brewery in the area, but you’d probably be better off going to Mellow Mushroom or just passing on beer altogether. Sampler was something like 10 bucks for all their beers, a pretty good deal to be honest.
We’ve been coming here for 10 years, can’t believe I never rated. The beer is really poor, but it’s family tradition to go here every year. Good pizza, lots of tvs. I’ve had about 8 of their beers and they are all average to poor. Infected beer this past visit. Free parking if you keep the receipt.
I was visiting my parents during an RV trip of theirs for a night, and decided to check this place out on my way back. I didn’t realize it until I got close, but this place is in the most tourist-y part of gatlinburg. The trip over is really a trip. Don’t worry about parking, turn left when you see the Calhoun’s rib place, this brewpub is sort of behind it in what they call "Calhoun’s Village" - a sort of cozy strip home to 8 or so businesses. Really quaint and charming. Parking is $7 flat rate though (a deal compared to the $8 everywhere else). The outside looks just as pictured, but shadier and better vegetated. Inside looks very log-cabin like, with big windows showing nice views at the upstairs bar (go upstairs when you enter btw). Some clubby-pop music was playing, which kind of clashed with the vibe for me, but it was at a reasonable volume. Bartender / hostess were as helpful as I could expect. Luckily the beer was much cheaper than the parking -- $10 for a 5oz of all 9 of the beers on tap is pretty reasonable. I found 7 out of 9 of the beers to be awful, though. Didn’t try the food but there was a full menu available that looked like it could have been worth trying. Overall, worth visiting if you’re in Gatlinburg anyway and looking to try the local beer. Really nice building and view. I have to say the adventure over was something memorable. But don’t expect high-quality if you sample the core beers. Stick with the seasonal offering or the dark ale if you want something decent.
Stopped in while visiting Gatlinburg. A little off the main road, but in a really cool location. We went upstairs to the bar area and tried a few of their beers. The bartender was really helpful and explained all of their beers. The beers were all average, nothing really stood out. When in the area, at least give it a try.
Spent some time here while vacationing, easy walk from our hotel. Kind of a mountain lodge atmosphere with two stories of seating/barspace. Attentive service, decent bar food (sandwiches, pizza, etc.) with average beers of many styles. Worth a stop if vacationing here as it’s the only brewery in Gatlinburg.
Smoky Mountain Brewery has four east Tennessee locations. The first branch to open was in Gatlinburg, in quite a distinctive building. It’s an Alpine chalet-style structure in a little enclave off the main drag of souvenir shops, entered through a gate warning that you’ll need a receipt to get out at the other end. We had the receipt ready when we left (via a huge car park in a forested area at the back) but didn’t need it as it was out of season. Inside the chalet, there’s the brewery and kitchen downstairs and a huge light and airy room upstairs where all the pillars are covered in bank notes. We had lunch and a flight of nine beers, all of which were a bit sweet. Nevertheless it was a pleasant stop on a roundabout route between Knoxville and Asheville.
(Visited 6 February 2014).