World's Fair Beer Expo: Cheers to 40 Years!

In collaboration with Knox Brew Hub, Knoxville Area Brewers Association, and Member Breweries
Knox Brew Hub
Friday, April 1, 2022 - 7:00am to 4:00pm

The East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) is pleased to present the “World’s Fair Beer Expo: Cheers to 40 Years” event that will be held on Friday, April 1, 2022, at Knox Brew Hub, located at 421 Union Avenue in downtown Knoxville. The “Expo” is a series of three ticketed events to be held over the course of the day that are part of the kick-off events for Knoxville’s and Knox County’s 40th anniversary celebration of the 1982 World’s Fair. ETHS will also be opening this month a new feature exhibit, “You Should’ve Been There!”: The 40th Anniversary of the 1982 World’s Fair, in the Museum of East Tennessee History, which will be on view through October 9, 2022.

At the 1982 World’s Fair, 22 countries gathered in Knoxville to explore the theme “Energy Turns the World.” Many different pieces of memorabilia came out of this event, but one of the most famous was “World’s Fair Beer.” The East Tennessee Historical Society has partnered with Knox Brew Hub, Knoxville Area Brewers Association, and more than 20 local Knoxville breweries that are working to create a beer inspired by a country represented at the 1982 World's Fair. With the help of multiple embassies, ETHS has linked our Knoxville-based brewers with foreign breweries to discuss the culture of brewing in Mexico, the Netherlands, Germany, and more.

The “World's Fair Beer Expo” at Knox Brew Hub includes:

· A ticketed luncheon event at $100 per person from 12-2 p.m. at the Brew Hub featuring a four-course meal prepared by Chef Jeffrey DeAlejandro and paired with four of the local breweries’ “World’s Fair” beers. Tickets include an admission voucher to the Museum of East Tennessee History, a commemorative pint glass, and an enamel pin.

· Evening tasting events are a ticketed Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. and an evening session from 7-9 p.m. at $50 per person, which offers the only opportunity to try out 2-ounce tasters of all 20 of the new “World’s Fair” beers from local breweries with snacks by Chef DeAlejandro.

· Tickets are now available on Eventbrite, and seating is limited. All proceeds benefit the East Tennessee Historical Society.

This is an official event of the 1982 World’s Fair 40th Anniversary celebrations. To learn more about upcoming commemorative events, please visit: