This Knoxville brewery’s days are numbered. But is there something going on behind the scenes?

This Knoxville brewery’s days are numbered. But is there something going on behind the scenes?

Elst Brewing Company, a brewery located west of the Oakwood neighborhood in north Knoxville, will close almost immediately after its five-year anniversary celebration in August.

The brewery’s future remains uncertain amid mixed messages about whether the building, brand, or both will have a new owner. Here’s what we know:

  • On July 6, the brewery and pub announced on Instagram that they had changed ownership.

  • Elst will operate its tasting room until August 5.

  • Elst is planning a series of events leading up to the transformation, including a five-year anniversary party on August 3 and 4.

“After five wonderful years of serving this amazing community, we have made the decision to sell our building and transfer it to new ownership,” the post reads.

It is unclear whether the brewery’s owners – founded by Shane Todd, Chris Hall, Dan Leonard and Chris Sexton – will be involved in the new concept, or whether Elst will continue to exist elsewhere.

If Elst were to continue, we don’t know if the “transition to new ownership” extends to the brand. Part of the post refers to the new owners as “our new hosts.”

Knox News reached out to one of the Elst owners, who said he will have more information to share about the new owner soon.

The brewery building was listed on the Commercial Exchange in September 2023 for $1.3 million. The sale was still ongoing as of 3:00 p.m. July 8.

The founders of Elst purchased the building in 2017 and began renovating the space to operate a brewery. Their brewing operations began before opening Elstwhere Taproom in 2019.

Guests arrive at Elst Brewing Company for a Q&A with then-Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero hosted by Knox News on July 18, 2019. Elst is planning a five-year anniversary party on Aug. 3 and 4 and will close its doors the following day.

“Your support, love and presence have made Elst a truly special place,” the brewery said in an Instagram post. “However, we felt the time was right for us to personally hand over the keys to a group that will bring new effort and energy to the area.”

Keenan Thomas is a member of Knox News’ business development and growth team. He can be reached by email at [email protected].

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This article originally appeared in the Knoxville News Sentinel: Elst Brewing Company to sell North Knoxville brewery; last day of August