June 2019 Around Town 2

Knoxville Brewfest 2019

The Ninth Annual Knoxville Brewfest will be held Saturday, June 22 in downtown Knoxville from 4–8 p.m. Breweries, beer and enthusiasts from all over will gather for a summer afternoon sampling fresh beers of all colors, styles and flavors. Knoxville Brewfest is held around the fountains and lake at the base of the Sunsphere and Tennessee Amphitheater. With more space, seating and natural shade, you’ll enjoy strolling along the water while sampling more than 300 beers from Tennessee and beyond. Check-in begins at 3 p.m., with gates opening at 4 p.m. Please bring a printed copy of your ticket or have the digital copy ready at the gate. You must have a ticket and be 21 or older and present a government-issued ID to be admitted. 

Water will be provided, but food is not included in the ticket price. There are several food vendors on-site, or you are welcome to bring in small snacks. Read more about the Knoxville Brewfest and its commitment to CureDuchenne in this month’s Giving Back article.

2019 USA Cycling Professional Road National Championships

The 2019 USA Pro Para-Cycling Road National Championships will be held in Knoxville June 27–30. 

This is the third year for Knoxville to host the U.S. Pro Road and Individual Time Trial Championships, its second year to host the U.S. Pro Criterium Championships (staged in conjunction with the U.S. Amateur Road National Championships in previous years) and its first year to host Para-Cycling National Championships. 

USA Cycling is the national governing body for the sport of cycling in the United States and oversees the disciplines of road, track, mountain bike, cyclocross and BMX. 

The Christman Company Awarded New University of Tennessee Project

The Christman Company has been awarded a two-phase construction project for the University of
Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) to demolish and rebuild its Ellington Plant Sciences
building. The project will begin this fall, starting with the construction of a 20,000-square-foot permanent
building that will house the facility and staff members from the current Ellington facility. In the
second phase, the current Ellington Plant Sciences building will be demolished and replaced by an
additional 160,000-square-foot facility.

“This project for the UT Institute of Agriculture and the University of Tennessee will provide
flexible and modern research and education spaces,” says Marty Gibbs, vice president and general
manager for Christman’s Knoxville operations. “We appreciate the opportunity to bring another
major addition to the UT campus.”

The $67 million project, officially called the Energy and Environmental Science Research Building,
will include teaching and research labs, offices, classrooms and a 500-seat teaching and learning

First Documented Professional “All-Tennessee” Grain Beer Announced

Tennessee Brew Works, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Tennessee State Parks and Batey Farms announced a multi-year brewing initiative to bring “barley back to Tennessee,” producing the first all-Tennessee grain Tennessee State Park Blond Ale.

Batey Farms, an eighth-generation family-owned farm located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is now
producing malted barley sourced straight from its farm. Until Oct. 25, 2018, grains used in Tennessee craft beers were sourced from an array of suppliers. Since 2015, Tennessee Brew Works has partnered with Batey Farms to produce wheat for its beers. 

2019-2020 Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre Season Lineup Announced

Presenting beloved favorites and today’s hits, the Tennessee Theatre is pleased to present the 2019-2020 Broadway season which features six titles and a total of 34 performances which begin in December 2019 and go through June 2020. The complete lineup is as follows:

Fiddler on the Roof – Dec. 27–29, 2019
Miss Saigon – Jan. 28 – Feb. 2, 2020
Waitress – Feb. 28 – March 1, 2020
A Bronx Tale – April 3–5, 2020
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – May 5–10, 2020
CATS – June 19–21, 2020

Young-Williams Animal Center Achieves First-Ever “No-Kill” Status

Young-Williams Animal Center has achieved “no-kill” status for the first time in the shelter’s history, marking a milestone toward fulfilling its vision to find a home for every pet. In 2018, Young-Williams Animal Center saved 8,311 pets.

“We’ve worked diligently through innovative programs and community involvement to make it to this day, and it is such a remarkable achievement for our staff and the volunteers who care for our animals and put these programs into practice,” says Janet Testerman, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “We celebrate for the animals, we celebrate for the families, we celebrate for the community and we celebrate for the staff and volunteers.

“We’re not stopping now; we will continue to move forward in our laser focus on finding a home for every pet and saving lives of animals so deserving of a second chance.”