Cherokee to open first brewery

In keeping with the long tradition of women within indigenous cultures crafting fermented beverages, Seven Clans Brewing is born. 

A female-majority owned business of Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian members, will be debuting their “MotherTown Blonde Ale” on Saturday, March 10, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. 

Wanting to create a refreshing and approachable beer that could be enjoyed by those new to craft beer and enthusiasts alike, “MotherTown” is a malt-forward medium bodied American Blonde Ale, featuring a light floral presence, crisp effervesce, and easy drinkability.

“Our first creation, ‘MotherTown Blonde Ale’ was inspired by our Cherokee homeland and the legendary Cherokee woman, Selu. We are Cherokee, so it’s natural that our artwork and branding reflect a love for our culture and engages our customer with a type of storytelling,” said Morgan Owle-Crisp, president of Seven Clans Brewing. “While this is a contemporary approach to sharing culture, we endeavor to respectfully and authentically peak the curiosity of our consumers so that they will ultimately seek out their own personal experience with our vibrant Cherokee people and culture.”

Initially, Seven Clans Brewing will be focused on product development and strengthening its brand during the spring of 2018. Seven Clans Brewing has contracted with BearWaters Brewing in Canton to facilitate the brewing process of its recipes until the Seven Clans Brewery is constructed.

“We are thrilled that Harrah’s Cherokee Casino was immediately interested in our beer and it only feels fitting, as a Cherokee owned business, to have our beers on tap there first,” said Collette Coggins, vice president of Seven Clans Brewing.

“MotherTown Blonde Ale” will be available on tap and in cans at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort following the release and Seven Clans Brewing invites you to be part of their story by trying “MotherTown Blonde Ale” beginning March 10. 

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