Elkmont Exchange founders Alex Violette and Ryan Davenport grew up together in Knoxville and shared a love of hiking on trails in the Elkmont area of the Great Smoky Mountains.
After they graduated college, Alex headed west to Boulder to become head brewer at Upslope Brewing Company, one of the fastest growing breweries in Colorado. Ryan honed his foodcraft in some of Charleston and Nashville’s most popular restaurants, specializing in dishes featuring locally sourced ingredients.
While in Boulder, Alex met Elkmont’s third Founder, Bethany Lavato, a craft beer industry veteran. In an unexpected and romantic twist - Alex & Bethany soon fell in love and had the opportunity to move to Vietnam to become Founders of Pasteur Street Brewing Company, the first American Style Craft Brewery in Vietnam.
Ryan soon joined them in Ho Chi Minh City, and the trio created a craft beer brand and brewpub concept that is wildly successful to this day. Pasteur Street is now carried in over 100 outlets in Vietnam and is distributed in 5 countries including the US. Alex’s beers have won gold at both the Great American Beer Festival & the World Beer Cup, two of the most renowned beer competitions in the world.
After their success in Asia, Alex, Ryan, and Bethany were ready for a new challenge – They wanted to bring the magic they found out in the world closer to their Tennessee roots.
Thus, Elkmont Exchange was born.
Elkmont Exchange prides itself on taking the time to do things right. We’ve established relationships with local farmers to focus on sustainable seasonal ingredients.
We’ve designed a state-of-the-art, custom brewing system that incorporates all of the amenities of a large-scale brew house in a small-scale package to allow for wide variety of amazing beers to be brewed, cellared, and soured on site.
Most of all, it means creating a local place where you can drink great beer and eat great food that doesn’t feel over complicated or pretentious. Elkmont Exchange most wants to offer an intimate atmosphere reflecting this admiration for nature while focusing on accessible craft in Downtown North.