There’s always something brewing in Kingsport! And whether you’re looking to quench your thirst with craft beer, moonshine or cider, the city offers up a variety of libations and live music authentic to the region for visitors to enjoy. All of Kingsport’s breweries and live music spots are offering live music safely.

Long Island Iced Tea

Did you know that Long Island Iced Tea began in Kingsport, Tennessee in the 1920’s?

The story begins in the 1920’s in the midst of prohibition. Charles Bishop, aka “Old Man Bishop” is known for creating the original Long Island Iced Tea recipe while residing on Long Island in Kingsport, Tennessee. Packing quite the “punch”, the original recipe includes five liquors and maple syrup. In the 1940’s, Old Man Bishop’s son, Ransom Bishop tweaked the original recipe by adding lemon, lime and cola.

Several restaurants in Kingsport serve a version of this “Original Brew” including East Coast Wings and Riverfront Seafood Restaurant. To learn more about the history of the Long Island Iced Tea visit

The Kingsport Carousel is open Wednesday through Sunday and the cost to ride is $1 per person. For the most up-to-date schedule and current hours, please visit their Facebook page or call the carousel directly at 423-343-9834.

Bays Mountain Brewery

Bays Mountain Brewery, located in downtown Kingsport, crafts its own beer and often changes up what’s on tap, giving customers new choices all the time.

One of the brewery’s most popular beers is the 2280 IPA, which pays homage the elevation of the radio towers at bays mountain. Beer flights are also available at the brewery which features an array of food trucks serving up tasty goodies every night.

Gypsy Circus Cider Company

Gypsy Circus Cider Company is a 40-barrel facility where the cider must be produced in an organic, gluten-free, adventurous way. Using locally-sourced apples, the cidery’s staples are Rain Dancer dry cider, the Queen of the Swords sweet cider, and other ciders with an adventurous tone. Gypsy circus also features the puppet master and elixir series, which are enhanced with peppers, vanilla beans, ginger, and other amazing flavors. The cidery also features live music and open mic nights throughout the year to showcase the rich Americana, country, and authentic music of the region.

Hook & Ladder Distillery

Hook & Ladder Distillery, which features a theme honoring all firefighters, utilizes an old, thumper-style still and produces a high proof moonshine with quality mash and a superior taste. Flavors include Mango, Original Recipe, Cinnaburn, Orange Dreamsickle, Honey, Salted Watermelon, 140 Fire, and Salted Carmel. Hook & Ladder offers moonshine sampling for visitors, as well as a large array of merchandise.

Model City Tap House

Model City Tap House features regional craft beer with 20 on tap that continuously rotates so that fresh beers are being poured constantly. Beers include Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Highland IPA, the Forty-Four, and many others. Model City also serves lunch and dinner and features live music, trivia, and other events throughout the year.

High Voltage

High Voltage in Downtown Kingsport proudly serves craft beer and ciders on draft along with domestic cans…even soda pops and water for the kiddos! They also serve a variety of meats, cheeses, and spreads. They are open to the public Thu-Sat evenings unless booked privately for an event. Live music, outdoor spaces with fire pits, food trucks, bands, and other fun activities! Bring your four-legged family too as High Voltage is pet-friendly as well.

King’s Sport Axe House

King’s Sport Axe House is bringing the thrilling tradition of a Canadian backyard past time to downtown Kingsport, TN. With the help of talented axe throwing coaches, they would love to share with you the passion of axe throwing! They pride themselves in great customer service and make sure that each person leaves with an unforgettable AXE-perience and the ability to throw (and stick) axes.

With all of these incredible choices, we feel sure you’ll be able to find a favorite watering hole to please your palate in Kingsport.

For the love of Tennessee, travel safe to Kingsport!

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