Blackberry Farm Brewery Releases First 2 Beers in Native Yeast Series


Walland, TN — Blackberry Farm Brewery’s native family of ales features a wide range of styles and flavors that share one extraordinary, common component: native wild yeasts harvested from across Blackberry Farm’s 4,200 protected acres at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains. These yeast strains have been carefully gathered and maintained for Blackberry Farm Brewery by South Yeast Labs and reflect the local micro-flora unique to Blackberry Farm’s location in the mountains of East Tennessee.

“We are excited to share these beers that begin to tell the story of place and terroir,” said Chief Fermentation Officer Roy Milner. “Native yeasts, inspiration from ingredients and experiences of living in the Foothills give these bottlings a special place in our portfolio. Blackberry Rye shows off a fruit we use often, a grain frequently found in whiskey and yeast harvested from honeysuckle that borders our orchards. Tennessee Cream Ale is a complex and delicate journey through corn and how the soft, sweet flavors add nuance to our style of brewing.”

Blackberry Rye was brewed with select heritage barley and rye malts and fermented with a wild strain of native yeast harvested from honeysuckle blossoms found at Blackberry Farm. A secondary fermentation with blackberries and additional aging in Tennessee whiskey barrels lends accents of dark fruit and oak to this medium-bodied ale’s malty profile.

Tennessee Cream Ale is light golden in color, brewed flaked with corn and heirloom grits, and fermented with a wild strain of native yeast from our Farm for a delicately malty body with a hint of corn sweetness and a crisp, refreshing finish.

In addition to Blackberry Rye and Tennessee Cream Ale, the Blackberry Farm Brewery will release two other beers in this category including Buckwheat Strawberry (August) and Roasted Cherry Stout (October). For more information on the Blackberry Farm Brewery, please visit

About Blackberry Farm

Located 25 miles from Knoxville, Blackberry Farm, a Relais & Chateaux property, is the perfect destination for business retreats and pleasure getaways. The 4,200-acre estate, which also owns a nearby 5,000 acres of protected wilderness, is celebrated as an unrivaled food and wine destination, providing the ultimate in farm-to-table cuisine and a wine collection of more than 160,000 bottles from around the world. Blackberry Farm’s Foothills Cuisine® pays homage to locally sourced and seasonally fresh products grown on the property’s four-acre garden. Activities abound at Blackberry Farm and include Day in the Life of Chef and Gardener programs, fly fishing, horseback riding, fox hunting, hiking, wellness activities, spa, sporting clays, yoga, cycling, and more. For more information on Blackberry Farm or to make a reservation, please visit:

About Blackberry Farm Brewery

In keeping with the sense of place here on the farm, our brewery and processes are rooted in centuries-old traditions. We are respectful of the time-honored methods of making beer while constantly pushing the boundaries to employ modern techniques to enhance the complexity of our releases. All of our beers utilize a natural re-fermentation in the bottle, which produces a soft and pleasant carbonation. Every bottle that leaves our brewery has been conditioned in our temperature-controlled cellar to ensure that you get the highest quality with each pour.