One of my favorite parts of our Weekend Getaway To The Tri-Cities Tennessee was visiting Gypsy Circus Cidery in Kingsport, TN. I first discovered Gypsy Circus Cider while having dinner and drinks at West Hills Flat and Taps in Knoxville. It’s the only local cidery near Knoxville. (Hopefully that will change soon! Someone should open up a cidery in Knoxville. Please?)
The outside of Gypsy Circus Cidery in Kingsport, TN is very unassuming. I thought, “this is it?” when we parked in a strip mall parking lot. When you walk inside, you are immediately greeted by a large bar with custom glass-tap handles and a huge board that lists all of their on tap ciders and beers.
They have a large selection of ciders and local beers on tap.
I started out with a flight ($9) and Kyle started out with a pint ($5). The prices are very reasonable. Kyle’s first drink was the Fire Juggler 3-Pepper Cider, which I had a sip of and realized it was not for me, but it was Kyle’s favorite drink on our trip. It definitely has a kick to it. I tasted the Vaudevillian Tart Cherry Cider, Tea Leaf Chai Tea Cider, Love Potion Chocolate Cherry Cider, Queen of Swords Sweet Tennessee Cider, and New England Pantomime Cider. I thought the Vaudevillain was pretty good. The Tea Leaf was my least favorite. Queen of Swords is my favorite cider, followed closely by Raindancer. Those are the two ciders you will likely find around Knoxville. (I’ll share where I’ve found these in Knoxville at the end of this post, if you want to try them out.)
The atmosphere was pretty chill and fun. We visited on a Friday night and listened to some live music while enjoying our drinks. Definitely my kind of place. The outside area was even better.
There are a few tables on top of the large shipping container.
You can also walk down the spiral staircase to the open outdoor area. They have hammocks, cornhole, picnic tables, and oversized jenga.
And this cut out that I assume is for puppet shows… or photo ops.
It’s a pretty awesome hang out spot. I’d be here all the time if I lived in Kingsport.
We played a game of Jenga and then went back inside for our last round of drinks. I opted for the Raindancer and Kyle got the Studio Brew IRA Hop Bomb.
Then we discovered the back room has two old-school game systems and a bunch of board games. We played a couple worlds of Mario before calling it a night.
Gypsy Circus Cidery in Kingsport, TN is a really awesome local cidery. I highly recommend it if you are in the area, or even if you want to make a day trip out that way. They have plenty of beers on tap if ciders aren’t your thing. It’s a really fun place to hang out and have a few drinks.
And if you are in the area for a day or two, I’d suggest checking out the Hawksbill Mountain Trail for an incredible day hike.
Gypsy Circus Cidery in Kingsport, TN:
2645 Fort Henry Dr, Kingsport, TN 37664
Can’t make it out to the Cidery? Check out these Knoxville establishments to pick up some Gypsy Circus ciders:
McScrooge’s Wine and Spirits (West Knoxville) : They have cans of Queen of Swords and Raindancer, and Vaudevillian on tap.
Central Flats and Taps (Downtown Knoxville) / West Hills Flats and Taps (West Knoxville) : Check their website for current draft list, but it shows that only Central Flats and Taps has Vaudevillian on tap right now.
Pour Taproom (Downtown Knoxville ) : Vaudevillian on tap.
I’ll try to keep this list updated as I find more local places with Gypsy Circus available! (Gypsy Circus has a “location finder” on their website, however, it is currently not working. Leave a comment if you know of any other locations to find Gypsy Circus cider, so all the cider lovers can pick some up.)