Balter Beerworks: Balanced Beers for a Not So Balanced Life

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Welcome to Knoxville, Tennessee, where the beer flows just as easy as the country music, the whiskey, and the rolling hills. Where Will Rutemeyer finally realized his true calling to become a brewer. Where Balter Beerworks found its roots in classic brews, handcrafted foods, and community gatherings. This is a Will’s story as much as it is Balter’s story. For without the other, neither would be quite the same. And Knoxville wouldn’t be either.

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Welcome to the seventh and final episode in our series of podcasts where we have partnered up with Malteurop Malting Company (MMC) to highlight some phenomenal craft breweries for American Craft Beer Week, May 16-22, yes, but beyond, too. At Living a Stout Life, we celebrate breweries every day of the year!

Will Rutemeyer Balter Beerworks Knoxville Tennessee
Will Rutemeyer, Brewer & Co-founder Balter Beerworks (courtesy of Balter)

Meet Will Rutemeyer from Balter Beerworks

Growing up in Chattanooga, Will’s parent’s were friends with the owners of Chattanooga Brewing Co. So at a young age, Will was exposed to the art of brewing. Not quite sure yet what path he wanted to follow, off to college young Will went, graduating with degree in hand to land himself in a corporate job hidden amidst the cubicles. Quickly learning that this was not the path he wanted to follow, he began his journey back to brewing. Crossing paths with another that was also looking to get into the brewery business, a new path was forged.

One built on well-balanced classic beers to match the lifestyle that so many struggle to create. So while we all may be a bit out of balance when it comes to that ever elusive work/life balance, visiting Balter Beerworks in Knoxville, Tennessee, may just be the weight needed to bring us back to center. At least for that moment that we are enjoying the beers that pair well with the food while gathering with friends.

“That’s one of the beautiful parts about being a small brewpub, it’s still manual in most ways. You’re still mashing in, graining out, turning valves and that tactile participation is cool.”

Will Rutemeyer, Brewer/Co-founder at Balter Beerworks

Join us as we chat all the above and attempt to give you, our listeners, a bit of unsolicited advice about how to create a work/life balance that fits your lifestyle. Because balance in life, just as in beer, is never an equal weight of all the ingredients.

Connect with Balter Beerworks

Balter Beerworks
100 Broadway Southwest
Knoxville, TN 37902


We’ll see you soon!

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Malteurop Celebrates Craft Breweries During American Craft Beer Week & Beyond

The annual nationwide event of American Craft Beer Week, May 16-22, 2022, celebrates small and independent craft breweries throughout the U.S. Malteurop (MMC) has joined forces with us at Living a Stout Life to highlight just a few of these remarkable breweries through their stories behind the beer. Raise a glass to salute the resilient and extraordinary community that is craft beer! During American Craft Beer Week and beyond!

Your hosts, Ken and April, goofing around at Malteurop in Great Falls, MT

Click here for the breweries we highlighted for American Craft Beer Week in 2021! There’s much to celebrate.
Click here for the breweries we’ve highlighted this year for American Craft Beer Week 2022.

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“We appreciate you highlighting our brewery on your podcast, your enthusiasm for craft breweries, travel and adventure and the patronage of not only you, but the friends you bring into Tres Litros.”

Jason at Tres Litros Beer Co

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Shout Outs:

Will, your cool collectiveness about the classic beers that you love is refreshing. While each individual has their own unique tastes, it seems as though everyone who loves beer will eventually find themselves heading back to the classics. The beers that are immensely drinkable, yet still full of flavor and match well with a good meal. Your spreadsheet style of brewing (in your words) is appreciated more than you may know. Or maybe you do, and that’s why the well-balanced, classic beers are also well-loved.

To Rick Barney and Gretchen Jones from Malteurop Malting Company for putting this together. It may have been meant to highlight Balter Beerworks, and that it did, but it also shined the spotlight on you two and the community within MMC.


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