Plus, check out "Saturdays in the Beer Garden."
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🍻 Cheers to Drink Up Month
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We’re ready to celebrate. | Graphic by NOOGAtoday
Calling beverage-lovers of all kinds. Last year, we served up Drink Up Week — featuring local sips from coffee to mocktails. This year, we’re celebrating even bigger with Drink Up Month running all of July.

🍹 What is Drink Up Month?

We want to shine a spotlight on the people and places that make Chattanooga’s beverage scene special. This means July will be full of activities. Think: deals at your favorite coffee shops, meet-ups with the NOOGAtoday team at breweries, and Q+A’s with your favorite bartenders in the area.

The best part? You get to help shape our coverage. Take this quick survey to have your say in the NOOGAtoday drink content we serve up this summer.

☕ How to participate

For our local breweries, tea shops, bars, coffee shops, and everything in between — we want you to get involved. Email us to chat about collaborating during Drink Up Month.

This could mean creating a month-long drink special, hosting an event with our team, or sharing a locally inspired recipe with our readers. Here’s a review of last year’s specials for inspiration.

We’ll have more information on Drink Up Month participants, events, and activities to come — but for now, we hope this fills your cup, Chattanooga.
Which local businesses would you like to see in our Drink Up Month coverage?

It’s time to nominate your favorite local beverage spots.

Today, May 26
  • Seamless Weekend | Friday, May 26 | 2-6 p.m. | ClearStory Arts, 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave., Chattanooga | Free, RSVP | Join CSA for an open-house photography event where you can grab some shots on their new photo seamless paper.
  • Jam and Bread | Friday, May 26 | 6-8 p.m. | Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St., Chattanooga | $0-$12 | Explore the museum after hours for music from Rick Rushing and the Blues Strangers.
  • Nightfall | Friday, May 26 | 7 p.m. | Miller Plaza, 850 Market St., Chattanooga | Free+ | Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy food trucks, artist vendors, and live music by Symatree + Kaleta & Super Yamba Band.
Saturday, May 27
  • Chattanooga Beer Fest | Saturday, May 27 | 12-3 p.m. | First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd., Chattanooga | $48 | Sample craft beers from ~25 local and regional breweries — attendees will receive a commemorative tasting class.
  • Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden | Saturday, May 27 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St., Chattanooga | $25 | Join Gardenchick’s Karen Creel to learn about the types of insects that can benefit your garden + how to attract them.
  • Music & Movies in Miller | Saturday, May 27 | 6-11 p.m. | Miller Park, 900 Market St., Chattanooga | Free+ | Bring a lawn chair or blanket to watch “The Karate Kid,” play oversized games, listen to live music, and more.
Sunday, May 28
  • Street Food Festival | Sunday, May 28 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd., Chattanooga | Free+ | Come hungry to enjoy a mixture of cultural foods from local food trucks, vendor carts, and eateries.
  • “Dear Evan Hansen” | Sunday, May 28 | 1:30 p.m. + 7 p.m. | Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga | $40-$85 | This is your last chance to see the award-winning Broadway musical about a high school senior with social anxiety.
Monday, May 29
  • Free Yoga for EveryBODY | Monday, May 29 | 5-6 p.m. | Chattanooga Fitness Center, 1254 E. 3rd St., Chattanooga | Free | Everyone is welcome to attend this free yoga class — bring a mat if you have one.
  • Monday Night Blues Jam | Monday, May 29 | 8-10 p.m. | Gate 11 Distillery, 1400 Market St., Chattanooga | Free+ | Spend your evening listening to blues tunes from Robin Baker Blues Band.
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👀 Trivia time: Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen?
Can you guess what’s “clean” vs. “dirty?” | Photos via Athletic Greens and public use
Spring + summer = fresh produce seasons — so you need to know which fruits and veggies are pesticide heavy (vs. more on the clean side).
  • Kale: Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen? Find out.
  • Papaya: Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen? Find out.
  • Tomatoes: Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen? Find out.
Know exactly what you’re putting into your body by incorporating AG1 into your diet (bonus: there’s a special offer available now).*
News Notes
  • Local Riverside Development LLC recently acquired the Edge apartments (located at 422 Vine St., just off UTC’s campus) for $6.6 million. The company developed Douglas Heights in 2016 + remains “confident in the demand for off-campus housing.” (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
  • EPB recently installed a microgrid — a system of solar panels — on top of Chattanooga’s Police Service Center. The grid will help Chattanooga police, firefighters + first responders personnel stay online during power outages. (NewsChannel 9)
  • Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga professor Dr. Roland Carter recently received Chorus America’s “Distinguished Service Award.” This highest honor award recognizes Carter’s work + long-term service in the choral field, strengthening singing communities. (University of Tennessee Chattanooga)
  • The Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga is seeking period product donations (think: pads, tampons, etc.) to help stock Hamilton County Schools Care Closets. You can drop product donations off at three local locations or order from the organization’s Amazon wishlist.
  • Culture Chatt will host its June Fest on Saturday, June 10 at East Lake Park from 1-8 p.m. Celebrate Central and South American culture with live performances from dancers + bands, food, drinks, and more.
Plan Ahead
  • It’s almost that sitting outside, listening to music time of year again, Nooga. Riverfront Nights just dropped its 2023 lineup. This free summer music series on the river will kick off on Saturday, July 15 with performances by Jupiter Coyote + Shiggy.
  • Congratulations to reader Jerry H. for winning our Chattanooga Beer Fest giveaway. Thank you to the 238 readers who entered our newsletter giveaway. Still need tickets to the festival? Get them online.
  • ICYMI, the free Nightfall Concert Series kicks off tonight. Need a pre-concert cocktail or bite to eat? Warehouse Row is the perfect place to pregame, pass the time, or end the night. Pro tip: Warehouse Row is walkable to Miller Plaza and patrons get free validated parking.*
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Introducing “Saturdays in the Beer Garden”
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Enjoy your summer Saturdays at Flying Squirrel. | Photo by Mandy Rhoden via Flying Squirrel
Neighborhood restaurant + bar Flying Squirrel will host themed pop-ups on Saturdays all summer long in its beer garden, beginning Saturday, June 3.

The series will include fun for all ages from 12-4 p.m. Check out the themes for June:
Make sure to follow Flying Squirrel’s Instagram page for more information about upcoming pop-ups + happenings.
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Congratulations on finishing your Junior year at UTC with all A’s! Love you! — Amy E.

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