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If there’s one thing you can count on with the old geezers in your life, it’s that they can tell a good story. Friends, true to form, Geezers Brewery is so full of good stories, it’s honestly hard to know where to start.
The three men who started Geezers work full time at Oak Ridge National Lab (still!). They spent the last few years brewing beer, starting Geezers Brewery, entering festivals, and distributing to a select amount of local bars – all on nights and weekend. But what’s a brewery without a taproom to enjoy said beers? So these three guys got to work transforming the side of the Carmichael Motor Co. building into a taproom… you guessed it, all on nights and weekends.
Logan is currently the only female head brewer in the city of Knoxville. Before becoming the first head female brewer in Knoxville, she was a high school teacher at the age of twenty (TWENTY, yes, twenty), earned three undergrad degrees (History, Religion, and Classical Civilizations) and a Masters in Education. Just before pursuing a PHD, she pivoted into the world of creating craft beer… aptly starting that pivot over a pint of craft beer.
Oh yes, that’s right. Women were the original brewers, friends. We learned from Logan (history degree, remember?), back in the day when clean water was scarce, women would brew beer as a necessity for their families. They’d cook, clean, do laundry, look after the kids, and, you know, brew a solid brown ale.
In fact, Logan said, “Whenever people get super stoked about me or Jordan or Alex [both brewers at Clinch River Brewing], we just kind of look at them and say, ‘We’re not doing anything revolutionary; we’re just doing something that was historically ours to begin with. If anything, we’re just taking it back.'”
“Big Al” is the ironic nickname of Logan’s small and mild-mannered best friend. (Naming beers after your BFF? We are Here. For. It.) It’s beer that tastes like beer – one you can always count on… you know… like best friends. (*wipes tear*)
All this to say, Geezers is simply brimming with stories – and there are way more to be told there. It’s a place for everyone. You can see it everywhere from the art on the walls to the friendly folks behind the bar. So whoever you are – whether you’re an ORNL employee or an ex-history teacher, a craft beer enthusiast or you’re just here for the vibes, an old geezer or a young chickadee – make a stop at Geezers and tell us the whole story ?
Publish date: 22 April.
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