By Cindy Dupree
The Brewly Noted Beer Trail, the nation’s first multi-state craft beer trail, has been officially unveiled.
Brewly Noted covers the Tri-Cities region of Tennessee and Virginia. The trail currently consists of nine breweries, along with dozens of tourism locations in both states that create a special craft beer experience. It was a collaborative effort by the Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureaus, in partnership with Superfly Fabulous Events.
Brewly Noted showcases an array of craft breweries, each of them offering their own distinctive atmosphere and flavor.
Breweries currently on the Trail are Bristol’s Holston River Brewing Company (Tenn.), Bristol Brewery (Va.) and Studio Brew (Va.); Johnson City’s JRH Brewing, Johnson City Brewing Company and Yee-Haw Brewing; Jonesborough’s Depot Street Brewing; Kingsport’s Hook Sleepy Owl Brewery and Triple B Brewery.
“Having the nation’s first multi-state craft beer trail is really pretty amazing and this obviously would never have gotten off the ground had it not been for the partnership between the Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport CVBs,” said Aaron Carson, executive director for Superfly Fabulous Events. “They all know that beer trails are extremely popular and the trail is a reflection of the growing importance of craft beer in the region. Our convention and visitors bureaus, who are all about promoting tourism, know that the Brewly Noted Beer Trail will shine a light on local businesses and bring more visitors to the area. There’s certainly not a doubt in my mind that the trail will do just that, which is just one of the reasons we’re so happy to be part of this endeavor.”
Beer enthusiasts can register for a Trail Log and select the brewery they would like to start their tour. Once they have visited each of the nine breweries they receive a Brewly Noted Beer Trail t-shirt.
There are more than 3,400 breweries in the United States with another 2,000-plus in the works. Currently there are approximately 1,870 microbreweries in the country (33 percent growth), more than 1,400 brewpubs (20 percent growth) and 135 regional breweries (17 percent growth). Over the last decade craft breweries have averaged nearly 11 percent growth. Craft beer now makes up 11 percent of the market. The majority of Americans live within 10 miles of a craft beer brewery.