The Blackberry Farm Brewery offers expensive pub grub

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Did you know that Blackberry Farm – the luxury resort in rural Blount County – is a Brewery near downtown Maryville? I’d tasted and appreciated Blackberry Farm beers on a number of occasions in the past, but hearing that their burgers couldn’t be missed was enough to send The Grub Spouse and I this direction to try out their brewery operation.

It occupies what in the past might have been some sort of warehouse or garage. When we arrived the limited parking spaces around the building were all taken, but on a second pass The Spouse and I were able to snag an undesignated space right next to the seating area on the front patio.

We entered through the front garage door which was in the up position to take advantage of the warm but mild temperatures on the evening we visited. Inside, the back wall is stacked with shelves full of wooden kegs that I assumed were filled with beer. The main bar area is to the right as you enter, while a beer-to-go cooler and merch area run along the opposite wall. The floor space is dotted with high-top and picnic seating. It’s folksy atmosphere for a Blackberry Farm property.

Blackberry Farm Brewery in Blount County serves a rotating microbrewery selection and tasty pub grub in a convivial setting.

The spouse and I perused the concise menu at the bar. Snacks include thick-cut barbecue chips with onions and pickled ramp dip, Blackberry Farm pimento cheese with fries, a veggie crudité with black-eyed pea hummus, and chicken breast fillet with sweet tea. They also offer chopped and mixed green salads. We passed on all of these items, although I found the crudité and chicken tenders intriguing.

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That left six entrees, including the classic smash burger, a BLT burger, a chicken sandwich (fried or grilled), and a buffalo chicken sandwich. Spouse ordered the fish tacos ($17) — two soft taco shells topped with chipotle crema, pickled jalapeño, red onion, coleslaw, queso fresco, cilantro, and lime.

I ordered the smoked onion smash burger ($17) — two patties and white cheddar cheese, served on a brioche bun with smoked onion jam mayonnaise, shredded lettuce, and tangy pickles. While at the bar, I also ordered an IPA ($6) from their rotating selection of 12 house brands. Incidentally, water and soft drinks are also available for guests who may not want to drink water or prefer H2O with their meals.

We took a seat upstairs and I sipped my beer while we waited for our food. We noticed the large selection of brewery board games stacked near the bar, and a big-screen TV showing NFL action was set up in front of the beer kegs. After a few minutes we found that the ultra-low backs of our tall chairs made it uncomfortable to sit, so we moved to a nearby picnic table.

IPA from Blackberry Farm Brewery in Blount County.  This brewpub serves a rotating microbrewery selection and tasty pub grub in a convivial environment.

Our meals were served on those metal trays that I’ve come across so often in casual service restaurants lately. Overall I was happy with the burger. The two patties were moist and the brioche bun was soft and fresh. I always appreciate shredded lettuce over lettuce, and the cucumbers were thinly sliced, an ideal ratio for people like me who can tolerate cucumbers but aren’t crazy about them (a little cucumber goes a long way in my book). The onion mayonnaise was a delightful twist.

I wasn’t that impressed with the fish tacos. I was okay with the fish itself (never gotten a pass on the variety), but something about the flavor combination of the other ingredients was odd to my palate. The spouse agreed. Both of our meals, however, came with delicious fries – thick and crispy on the outside, but nice and soft on the inside. They were hot and flavorful, and served with BFB’s original pub sauce – a mix of mayo, Worcestershire sauce and other ingredients.

My main issue with Blackberry Farm Brewery isn’t the food, it’s the pricing. I’m trying to account for the fact that restaurant prices across the board are still suffering from the effects of inflation, but in my opinion, $17 for a cheeseburger and two regular fish tacos is a stretch. I suppose it takes a certain amount of branding to bring those price points into play. But to be fair, although my spout appeared to be 12 ounces instead of a pint, I found the $6 tab reasonable enough.

So while I can accept Blackberry Farm Brewery as a fun and unique hangout place for Blount County folks to enjoy some local froth and food, I can think of any number of other places where you’ll get the same quality of experience without having to pay through the nose for the privilege.

Blackberry Farm Brewery

meal: 4

service: 4

the atmosphere: 4

In total: 4

address: 106 Everett Ave, Maryville

phone: 865-724-2088

Beer service only

Hours: 2pm to 10pm Tuesday to Friday; 12pm to 10pm on Saturdays; 1pm to 8pm on Sundays

This Blount County brewpub serves a rotating microbrewery selection and tasty pub grub in a convivial setting.

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