The Butcher, the Baker and the Craft Beer Maker

The Butcher: Willy’s Butcher Shop

  • 5115 Homberg Drive
  • Knoxville, TN 37919

Take a step back into the old-world art of butchering and you’ll find yourself at Willy’s Butcher shop. Home to one of the region’s only craft sausage production houses, this young butcher brings all the feel of an old world classic. Equipped with knives decades older than himself and armed with years of experience from a boutique processing facility and the restaurant business, Willy brings his passion for great food to the neighborhoods of Knoxville with top-quality proteins to satisfy. From traditional beef and pork to exotic elk, expect something far different than what you can find at a chain grocery. To learn more about the intricacies involved in dry aging prime meats and the ideal knife for a butcher, read on in our full interview with Willy the butcher and his reliable assistant Stan.

The Baker: Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop

  • 5400 Kingston Pike
  • Knoxville, TN 37919

Here you will find what happens when a Missouri farm boy and a passionate Memphis foodie, armed with her Nanny’s cookbook, get together in the kitchen. Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop is the first of its kind in the region and built with a no-fuss mentality. From the ingredients to the décor, it lacks the preservatives and unnecessary frill often associated with mini-sized sweets. If you’re not in the mood for sweet, mini or full-sized pies, drop in for a savory, southern biscuit paired with housemade jams and jellies. Read more about Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop here and learn how this start-up was so successful they opened a second location just weeks after their first.

The Craft Beer Maker: Saw Works Brewing Company

  • 708 East Depot Street
  • Knoxville, TN 37917

Go from grass to glass with this hidden southern charmer. Housed in an old sawmill, Saw Works Brewing pays homage to its locale in name, and by carrying on the tradition of hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit. The beer can stand all on its own, boasting flavors carefully crafted and refined by the Saw Works brew crew comprised of their head brewer and a handful of creative assistants. Their flagship beer, a nut brown, keeps company with the English pale ale, a double chocolate porter, the Rocky Hop IPA, and a mixture of seasonal offerings. Learn what it means to take on a “Rough Cut” and what a field of cows has to do with the future of this brewery in our full interview with owner Adam Palmer. Cheers!

Chelsea B. Sanz
Chelsea B. Sanz

Chelsea Sanz has lived in East Tennessee since her family moved here from South Florida just before she started high school. While she initially begrudged her new home state, she eventually realized she had come to not only love it, but to “bleed orange” as University of Tennessee Volunteers fans here like to say. She and her boyfriend Hunter, a trail worker for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, enjoy exploring the nation’s most visited national park and coming up with their own farm-to-table recipes.

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