Saturday, February 1, 2014

Moccasin Bend Brewing Co., Chattanooga, TN

Less than a month ago I had the good fortune to be able to visit Moccasin Bend Brewing Company in the St. Elmo district of Chattanooga, extremely close to where my in-laws live.  Good thing we went when we did, because as of today, the brewery has been closed down for alleged violations of city ordinance.  That's a shame, because this place rocks (er, rocked).

Moccasin Bend is housed inside of a historic building that was used for World War II rationing.

Suz with her beer.

Good local vibe.  That's the Colts vs. Chiefs game in the background, by the way.

The bathrooms were in the actual brewing part of the brewery, and visitors were semi-encouraged to take a look at the brewing operation.

Hops, etc.

This was pretty funny - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. sent Moccasin Bend a cease and desist letter over alleged copyright violation of their Celebration Beer.  Moccasin Bend released a Centennial Celebration Beer - apparently the word "celebration" is able to be copyright protected.  Reminds me of how McDonald's went after restaurants in Scotland with the same name - you know, in the land where people actually are named that?

In any case, the owner / brewmaster told me that he did absolutely nothing differently, and never heard from Sierra Nevada again.

I felt like some dessert, and fortunately a food truck was outside the premises.

Plenty of waffle goodness to soak up the delicious beer.

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