Bluetick Brewery planned on East Broadway
By Iva Butler | (email@example.com)
Despite the objections of a Blount County evangelist, Maryville City Council Tuesday night gave breweries the green light to locate within the city limits.
Christopher Snyder, of Maryville, founder of the Blount County Homebrewers Association, wants to locate a craft beer brewery in Maryville called Bluetick Brewery.
To do that, the city must have an ordinance permitting breweries as an accepted use. Council approved the ordinance on first reading in August.
Morris Anderson, who said he is an evangelist who lives in Blount County, tried to derail the plan.
“The largest abused drug in America is alcoholic beverages,” he told the council.
Anderson expressed safety concerns quoting the “Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. “Eighty percent of the fatalities today are the result of alcohol and driving. I cannot imagine the city of Maryville approving the No. 1 killer.”
He asked council to reconsider the issue.
“This will be a small, family owned business,” Snyder responded. “We’re not looking to injure the community in any way. I’m sorry he (Anderson) feels it is a dangerous thing, I don’t see it as a big fatal issue. Prescription drugs kill people every day.”
Council then voted unanimously on second and final reading to allow breweries in Maryville.
Mayor Tom Taylor said the sale of alcoholic beverages has been approved by the citizens who voted to allow both liquor by the drink and package sales.
Five Point location
Snyder has applied for a business license to open a brewery in East Maryville.
A manufacturing and a tap room will open in February 2013 at 1509 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville, in the building currently occupied by L&M Printers next to the roundabout in Five Point, he said in an interview Wednesday morning.
Bluetick Brewery LLC will be owned by Chris and wife Sarah Snyder. The mascot and namesake of the business is Blue, a bluetick hound the family rescued. Chris Snyder said they support animal rescue operations.
They plan to operate the first brewers’ cooperative in Tennessee, with members able to buy in to the program. Member benefits will include growler (glass beer container) fills, pints in the tasting room and homebrew supplies at cost.
The first year will involve research and development of beers. The tap room will be open with members offered first pick of the beer selections, but the general public can also come in to get a beer or have growlers filled.
That first year there will be a lot of volunteer members participating in growing the brewery, he said. The business can also do distribution within Blount County.
In 2014 the plan calls for opening a full restaurant, offering beers from all over the South region. At that time the business would employ 30 to 40 people, he said.
Under the new Maryville law, brewers must produce at least 200 barrels of beer a year, with each barrel containing 31 gallons.
Under the state law, an on-the-premises brewery can sell up to 25,000 barrels per year.