About Our Brewery

The Story Behind Our Beer

Holston River Brewing Company opened in May of 2014 as Bristol’s first brewery and was opened by our family who loves great food and great beer. Being from the area, we cherish the local culture and artsy feel that Bristol and the Tri-Cities offers. When deciding where the brewery would be located, it didn’t us take long to realize that we didn’t need to go far. The brewery is located 4/10 of a mile from the world-famous Bristol Motor Speedway, just off of Volunteer Parkway in Bristol, Tennessee.  The brewery boasts 11 to 12 craft beers on tap; Stouts, Porters, Ales, IPA’s Hefeweizens and even a low calorie beer. Our beers have won several awards and in 2016 was voted Bristol’s best brewery. We also have a restaurant at the brewery and our menu has a great variety of foods for all budgets.

The brewery sits on 138 acres and boasts a full service campground with complete hook-up camping sites, to provide you with a one of a kind Bristol experience.  We have two brewers, both with degrees in brew science who love being creative with tastes and flavors.  They produce seasonal beers to match the sights and sounds of each unique, Northeast Tennessee season. On weekends the brewery bursts with entertainment. We have hosted many famous musical artists! Corey Smith Billy Bob Thornton, Big Smo, Kongoes, Judah and the Lions, just to mention a few.  We also showcase great talent from our local musicians as well.  The local talent on display each weekend at the brewery is second to none!

Our brewery was opened with a vision to provide a warm and relaxed social environment where all of our friends and neighbors could come and enjoy great craft beer. Our locally brewed beer is served in many local restaurants throughout the Tri-Cities and we offer brews tours on Friday and Saturday from 5pm-7pm.  The tours are free but if you drop a few dollars in the tip jar, the local charities we support with these funds would greatly appreciate it! Contact us today to book your next fundraising event, wedding or party.

We are proud to say that our customers are our friends. They have helped us accomplish more than we could have imagined and have become a part of our brewery family. Come join in on the fun and enjoy our great beer with your friends!

The story behind the creation of Holston River Brewing Company is a simple one. In 2011, a woman who still carried a pocket full of childhood dreams and memories reached deep into her pocket, took out a dream and cast it to the dream makers. She grew up in a family of avid beer drinkers, during a time when Old Milwaukee, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Black Label were thought to be the king of beers. She took on a taste for beer at a young age when she would sneak an occasional sip from a quart bottle. The relaxation and conversations that came about from sitting with a friend on a hot summer day sipping a beer or sitting snuggled up next to a crackling fire was intoxicating. It brought about warm moments and personal connections. 

When the craft beer culture entered the mainstream, she had her first glass and instantly fell in love, but this journey to create a brewery was about more than just the beer. It had to be an environment that inspired conversation and friendships. In the cold winter of 2013, the journey began.  On May 23, 2014 the brewery opened its doors to over 1,000 friends and family. Those who closely watched our progress experienced the excitement with us, every step of the way. On December 21, 2015 Holston River Brewery got another wonderful Christmas gift and two wonderful friends became partners and family. From the hearts of the three ladies that own Holston River Brewing Company, when you step through our doors and enjoy our craft beer, remember you are among family and friends. Drink a beer, share conversations and make memories!