World Of Beer Taps Chattanooga For New Tavern Featuring 500 Craft Beers

Friday, August 22, 2014

Featuring local craft beers and a wide selection of brews from around the globe, World of Beer Franchising, Inc. and owners Wayne Farmer and Frank Hudson celebrate the opening of the franchise’s 60th tavern at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, at 412 Market St.  This is the third tavern for Farmer and Hudson and the first in Tennessee.

Locals are invited to support the opening and will enjoy live music by Roberts, Sims and Starnes from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.  The tavern will host a “Support Local, Drink Local” event and fundraiser on Sunday, Aug. 31, to benefit Chattanooga’s Kids on the Block charity from 6-10 p.m. For every local brew sold from a Tennessee brewery a $1 donation will be made to the charity.

This location is partnering with many local breweries, including Big River Brewing Works (Chattanooga), Blackstone Brewery (Nashville), Chattanooga Brewing Co. (Chattanooga), Cool Springs Brewery (Nashville), McHale’s Brewhouse (Chattanooga) and Tennessee Brew Works (Nashville).

The 6,400-square-foot tavern boasts the world’s most extensive collection of craft beers bottled and on tap – over 500 bottles and 60 rotating taps – inviting guests into a journey to discover the best in local and international beers, said officials.

Celebrating the popularity of craft beer and its culture, WOB rotates taps daily so guests will discover something new on every visit. Signature craft spirit cocktails, ciders and wine along with non-alcoholic beverages are also available. Pairing its craft brews with the franchise’s signature “Tavern Fare” menu, WOB offers appetizers, flatbreads, sandwiches and main plates, such as Giant Bavarian Pretzels and Chicken and Waffles, to complement the many beer styles.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing the one-of-a-kind World of Beer experience to Chattanooga,” said Mr. Hudson.  “Whether you’re a passionate beer lover or simply looking for a friendly place to gather for great casual food and a drink we hope to see you here.”

Specially trained staff has completed an extensive, two-week beer school and is on-hand to guide guests through the WOB experience centered around a global menu of beverages, live music and televised sports. 

A Loyalty Club helps guests discover new beer styles, flavors and brands while rewarding them with points to earn gift cards, T-shirts, complimentary parties and other pub perks. Putting the WOB culture in guests’ hands, the loyalty program is accessed and available through the WOB app, available on iPhone and Android smartphones.

Happy Hour at WOB-Chattanooga is hosted Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m. Loyalty Night is every Tuesday, which offers Loyalty Club members 25 percent off all bottles with their loyalty card. Guests can also enjoy live music Thursday through Saturday nights. In addition, WOB-Chattanooga will host featured brewery nights, spotlights and tap takeovers, along with holiday-themed events celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, WOBtoberfest and more.

“We are so pleased to open our first location in Tennessee,” said World of Beer CEO Paul Avery. “We look forward to providing local guests with the opportunity to kick back with their favorite craft beer or other beverage, sample our ‘Tavern Fare’ and maybe experience something new that they can’t find anywhere else.” 

Since opening its first tavern in Tampa, Fla. in 2007, WOB has grown to 60 locations in 19 states. What began as a neighborhood tavern to sample great craft beers and swap beer-talk for co-founders Scott Zepp and Matt LaFon is becoming a "cultural phenomenon celebrating the world of craft beers, great food and camaraderie."

Open seven days a week, WOB-Chattanooga will be open from 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Thursday Through Saturday. Major credit cards are accepted. For more information call 668-6808 or visit wobusa.com/Chattanooga.


It's Punkin' Chunkin' Time At The Brainerd Farmers' Market

Chunk a punkin’ this Saturday at the Brainerd Farmers’ Market for a chance to win a pumpkin just in time for Halloween The Brainerd Farmers’ Market announces its first annual “Punkin’ Chunkin’ Contest.” The O’Neill Family Farm will supply the pumpkin, ready for Jack-O-Lantern carving and pie making. The game is simple: chunk a pumpkin as far as you can to win a free pumpkin. ... (click for more)

Puckett's Restaurant To Open By The Aquarium At TGIF Friday's Site

Middle Tennessee’s popular Puckett’s Restaurant is putting down roots in Chattanooga’s Riverfront District, establishing a regional presence while sticking to its focus on downtown locations that highlight Southern food and hospitality.   It will open near the Aquarium where TGIF Friday's was long located. The Puckett’s brand extends back to the 1950s, and a little ... (click for more)

Downtown Chattanooga Apartment Complex Fetches $15 Million

Walnut Commons, the first downtown apartment complex built in many years, sold for $15 million, one of the developers said. John Clark said the initial estimate on the project was $11 million and it wound up costing around $12 million to build. "We're very pleased with the sale," he said. Mr. Clark, along with partners David Hudson and Bob McKenzie, are selling their stock ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Principal Ronald Hughes Named Tennessee's 2014-15 Principal Of The Year

A Hamilton County elementary school principal and an Anderson County supervisor have earned top honors for their work in Tennessee education. Ronald Hughes, principal of Apison Elementary School in Chattanooga, was named Tennessee’s 2014-15 Principal of the Year. He has served as principal at Apison Elementary for the past six years, and spent three decades working in Tennessee ... (click for more)

Congratulations To Ron Hughes

Hearty congratulations to Ron Hughes for being selected as Tennessee State Elementary Principal of the Year for 2014. Wherever Ron has been assigned as principal, he has exhibited strong leadership both academically and morally. His faith in God and his love for the students of Hamilton County have guided his actions and everyone that has benefited from the excellent education ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Brittany’s Days Dwindle

So here we are, facing what is known as “Devil’s Night” before Halloween comes, and the almost macabre news now comes that Brittany Maynard, the beautiful girl who has chosen to end her life as soon as Saturday, is struggling to meet her own deadline. She has inoperable brain cancer and, at best, only months to live. The 29-year-old, who was married shortly before her devastating ... (click for more)