Chattanooga-based SquareOne Holdings, led by founder and president Allen Corey, has opened the doors to its newest project, Balter Beerworks. Located in Knoxville, Balter Beerworks is a local establishment conceptualized by Knoxville natives and beer enthusiasts Blaine Wedekind and Will Rutemeyer.
Mr. Wedekind and Mr. Rutemeyer secured the help of SquareOne Holdings who developed the Balter Beerworks concept – including operations systems, food and beverage menus, design, branding and construction as well as ongoing training and operations.
Previous to Balter Beerworks, SquareOne holdings opened STIR, the bar and restaurant that brought a focus to artisan ice, craft cocktails, and fresh local food to Chattanooga in November of 2015.
“We knew we had a solid idea but we needed a partner that had the experience to bring it all together,” said Mr. Wedekind. Mr. Wedekind’s father and Balter Beerwoks Co-Founder, David Wedekind, agrees, saying, “SquareOne understands every facet of this industry from a simple idea to creating a highly successful operation and have been doing this nationally and internationally for over 20 years.”
The Balter Beerworks experience is designed to be uniquely different from the typical “brewpub” experience. Formerly and old gas station, it includes a comfortable, upscale atmosphere complete with front porch dining, a breezeway, and outdoor beer garden with space for live music. The indoor and outdoor seating areas are able to accommodate more than 200 guests combined. The brewing area is surrounded by glass paneling, which gives guests the opportunity to see every stage of the viewing process first hand. Balter provides fresh, locally-sourced, scratch-made food, handcrafted beer made on-site, as well as cocktails and a wine selection.
“Knoxville has a growing craft beer scene and Balter Beerworks is bringing a fresh new experience to the line-up,” said Mr. Corey.
For more information about Balter Beerworks, visit www.BalterBeerworks.com.