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Weekend edition July 14, 2023 | Shannon Smith

News Roundup | Best booze in the nation

Here’s your weekly roundup of business news from throughout the Knoxville region.

Schults Brau Brewing cleans up at U.S. Open Beer Championship

Breweries from Maui to Miami sent more than 9,000 beers representing 170 different styles to the 2023 U.S. Open Beer Championship, and beers from Knoxville’s Schultz Brau Brewing Company were named some of the best.

Schulz Brau, located on Central Avenue, placed third by winning two golds for their Barrel Aged Maibock and their Historical Beer, Grätzer. They also took home a silver for their Roggenbier and two bronzes for their Hefeweizen and Oktoberfest Märzen.

The judges also stated that “Schulz Brau is also known for having one of the best beer gardens in America.”

“We are so honored & excited at the recent rankings for this year’s U.S. Open Beer Championship!” the brewery posted on its Facebook page. “Placing third in the nation feels incredible. Thanks to all of our supporters that drive us to always keep our craft beer game at 110%.”

Knoxville-made T3 Vodka wins big at Global Spirits Awards

T3 Vodka has been awarded a silver medal at the prestigious TAG Global Spirit Awards 2023. This year’s competition took place in Las Vegas and was judged by spirits experts from four different continents.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition from the TAG Global Spirit Awards,” said Mark Lester, founder of T3 Vodka. “Our team has worked tirelessly to produce a truly exceptional vodka, and this award is a testament to their dedication and hard work.”

T3 Vodka, a hand-crafted vodka from Knoxville, won Silver in the vodka category for its exceptional quality and unique taste, achieved through a 10-time filtering process. The panel of judges praised T3 Vodka for its smoothness, distinct flavor profile, and overall balance.

Knoxville Grassroots Artists’ Fair this weekend

Open Arts Knoxville presents the Grassroots Artists Fair, a fair for artists to learn about local, grassroots arts organizations.

Come participate in interactive artist demos and a panel discussion with the Free Women Waltzing Club, Tiny Stage Comedy, KAANP Podcast, First Take Company, Knox Draw, Knox Community Street Dance, and Aspn Audio. Admission is free. Want to support OAKnox with a donation?

You’ll get a small taste of what each group does as they present demos from 6:30-7:30. Afterwards, they will have a panel Q&A session, so you can learn even more about their mission and vision for arts in Knoxville.

This fair will be held from 6:30 to 8: 30 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at The Birdhouse Neighborhood Center in Fourth & Gill, 800 N. 4th Ave.

Priority Ambulance, Roane State announce accelerated 10-week EMT class

Priority Ambulance is now accepting applications for its highly anticipated accelerated 10-week Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class. The program is presented in partnership with Roane State Community College’s continuing education department. Classes begin August 21, 2023.

Students must be at least 18, have a high school diploma or GED, and have a valid driver’s license. Priority Ambulance will cover tuition and certification fees for eligible participants contingent upon an employment commitment with the company.

Those accepted into the program will receive a paid training wage and full benefits package from the company. During the duration of the course, students will complete classroom portions in Knoxville with transportation provided daily from Newport.

In addition to classroom instruction, students will also participate in clinical rides on Priority’s interfacility and 9-1-1 ambulances. After successful completion of the course and obtaining their EMT certification, students will be promoted to full-time EMTs with the company’s East Tennessee operations.

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