Smoky Mountain Brewery is a great spot to connect with friends and family over great food and micro-brewed beer. Also popular with hikers, ski and snowboard enthusiasts, SMB is a great respite after a day of outdoor adventures.
Gatlinburg’s growing list of restaurants, attractions and distilleries keeps expanding, making it one of the region's prime destinations. But for original craft-brewed beer, don’t miss a tasting at the Smoky Mountain Brewery. Set in the heart of the city’s Calhoun’s Village at the south end of the Gatlinburg strip, SMB is one of Gatlinburg’s favorite places to eat, drink and entertain with some of the most delicious handcrafted beers west of the Mississippi.
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Smoky Mountain Brewery features an enclosed deck overlooking Calhoun’s Village with the gorgeous Smoky Mountains setting. Watch the magic brew as you walk in the door and see the mammoth tanks and smell the hops and barley rising to greet you. Upstairs on the second deck, guests can see stunning 360 views of the Gatlinburg strip. Nightly entertainment includes ten large flat-screen television sets running the top sports shows, while on the weekends, the brewhouse showcases local music artists.
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Immediately following Trivia on Monday and Tuesday nights, SMB offers Karaoke, a proven stress reliever! Guests can also try SINGO, a mix of bingo and great music. The host gives everyone a bingo card then plays a song (about a minute in length). Players match to tune to a tile on the board. The first person to match five in a row – shouts ou
Smoky Mountain Brewery is the perfect family-friendly destination with tasty American cuisine options for kids of all ages. The alehouse offers apps like baked mac ‘n cheese, stuffed potato skins, fried pickles, chicken tenders and wings with a special house recipe. SMB's menu includes pizza, calzones, subs, salads, and its own Brewhouse Burger consisting of two fresh ground beef patties, pimento cheese, and sliced bacon. Another SMB favorite is the ale steak skewers. This sirloin dish is marinated in the house-brewed Cherokee Red Ale and served in an iron skillet on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes.
Pro Tip: If the Gatlinburg location is too crowded, check out the Pigeon Forge location just 20 minutes away, which offers the same great food and beer.
For great authentic microbrews, with a rustic mountainous ski-lodge vibe, Smoky Mountain offers an extensive brew list with local favorites like the Black Bear Ale, Cherokee Red, or Smoky Mountain Pale Ale. For a real treat, try the Harvest Fest, a seasonal favorite with just the right balance of sweet and bitter flavors. No worries if you’re more of a wine and cider connoisseur. Smoky Mountain has a full-service wine and liquor bar.
Pro Tip: Not sure what you’re in the mood for? No worries, a Smoky Mountain staffer is happy to give you the rundown on their different types of hops. You can buy a pint or get a ‘flight’ if you want to try a little of everything.
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Smoky Mountain Brewery History
In 1996, Smoky Mountain Brewery opened its doors, making it the oldest craft brewery in East Tennessee. SMB initially met with some resistance as patrons realized the alehouse only served craft beers, and not the typical Budweiser or Coors variety. Copper Cellar Family of Restaurants (SMB proud owners) started with no entrees or servers, just a wood-fired oven for pizzas and a taproom for brewing. Over time, they added more dishes and drink options, and as the craft beer movement burst onto the scene, the restaurant’s popularity grew. Owners have since added three more locations in Pigeon Forge in 2004, West Knoxville in 2008, and Maryville in 2011.
Pro Tip: Order the six beer sampler for only $6, giving you a selection of five-ounce glasses for about the same price as a 12-ounce beer at most restaurants.
SMB’s goal is to keep its recipes and menus simple to ensure delectable meals and excellent service for every customer. They use high-quality ingredients and strive to achieve restaurant cleanliness and professionalism in staffers. Smoky Mountain also provides gluten-free options for burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, wings, and salads.
Nearby Attractions on the Gatlinburg Strip
Gatlinburg has several exciting excursions before or after visiting Smoky Mountain Brewery. Here’s a list of some of the best things to do on the strip.
- Visit Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
- Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium
- Ride the Gatlinburg SkyLift
- Explore the multitude of Calhoun Village shops
- Taste the moonshine at Ole Smoky Distillery (Guests must be 21!)
- Hollywood Star Car Museum
- Gatlin’s Smoky Mountain Fun
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Smoky Mountain Brewery Hours of Operation
- The brewery is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Check the website for holiday hours.
- (Kitchen closed Sunday to Thursday at 11:00 p.m. & 12:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.)
Smoky Mountain offers to-go and curb-side service for guests. Most SMB locations offer direct delivery when placing an online order. This delivery option is a partnership between ChowNow and Doordash.
Just behind the restaurant, Calhoun’s Village has a parking lot that costs $10, but it's free for Smoky Mountain Brewery customers for up to two hours.