Balter Beerworks is a local concept created by Knoxvillians and beer enthusiasts Blaine Wedekind and brewer Will Rutemeyer, who have transformed a former service station in downtown Knoxville into a microbrewery and restaurant with a unique, hip vibe. Blaine and Will were introduced through a mutual friend, and began brewing together in Blaine’s garage in west Knoxville. These garage brew days are where the the Balter idea began. It’s also where Balter’s recipes were born and tweaked to create the approachable, yet creative, true-to-style beers that are on tap today.
Almost a year into the planning process of Balter Beerworks, Will and Blaine sat down with David Wedekind to taste their beer and talk about the craft beer they wanted to bring to downtown Knoxville. David was on board. David’s first call was to Allen Corey, an old friend from school and the former CEO of Craftworks Restaurants and Breweries, to ask for some advice on brewpub operations. After a few weeks of discussions, Allen and his consultant team, Square One, were brought on as partners and the team was in place to bring Balter Beerworks to life.