PRESS RELEASE from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Dec. 14, 2018:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee State Parks is encouraging shoppers this holiday to support conservation efforts through making a seasonal toast with their coffee roast or by spreading some cheer with their beer. A portion of the sales of the “State Parks Coffee” and the “State Park Blonde Ale” support the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy, a nonprofit partner of the state parks system.
The state parks have joined Just Love Coffee on three flavors branded as Tennessee State Parks varieties – Earthy Blueberry for West Tennessee, Chocolate Raisin for Middle Tennessee, and Smoky Blueberry for East Tennessee.
The coffee flavors are available for sale in 16 state park gift shops across the state, including Cumberland Mountain, Fall Creek Falls, Montgomery Bell, Roan Mountain, Cedars of Lebanon, Dunbar Cave, Henry Horton, Natchez Trace, Old Stone Fort, Paris Landing, Pickett, Pickwick Landing, Radnor Lake, Reelfoot Lake, Sycamore Shoals, and the central office at the Tennessee Tower in downtown Nashville. Tennessee State Parks staffer David Pineros did the artwork on the labels.
Meanwhile, Tennesseans can still enjoy the State Park Blonde Ale introduced last year by the state parks in a partnership between Tennessee Brew Works and the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy.
The beer is available in select retailers in the state, including most Kroger stores in the Middle Tennessee and Knoxville areas; most Food City locations in Chattanooga and Knoxville; and most independent liquor stores including Party Mart and the Forked Vine in Jackson; Bristol Beer and Cigar in Bristol; Frugal MacDoogal, Midtown Corkdorks Wine and Spirits and the Filling Station in Nashville; Stones River Total Beverage in Murfreesboro; Chattanooga Wine and Spirits and Riverside Wine and Spirits in Chattanooga; and Total Wine and Bearden Beer Market in Knoxville.
“Tennessee is known for its unique characteristics, and these products reflect that,” said Brock Hill, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. “When you gift the coffee or the beer you are really making two gifts. It’s a great way to support conservation efforts in Tennessee State Parks.”
Shoppers can also give Tennessee State Parks gift cards, available at all 56 state parks, Kroger stores and Target stores throughout the state, as well as at the Tennessee State Parks central office in Nashville and online at https://tnstateparks.com/about/gift-card.
The cards are also available at GiftCardMall.com. The gift cards apply to lodging at campgrounds, cabins and inns; golfing; restaurants; marinas; gift shop items and vacation tours.