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Front Page - Friday, April 3, 2015

Chattanooga Whiskey opens city’s first post-Prohibition distillery

Tim Piersant, co-founder of Chattanooga Whiskey. - (Photo by David Laprad)

The Chattanooga Whiskey Co. team, which rewrote the longstanding law forbidding distilling in Chattanooga and launched the city’s first whiskey brand in nearly 100 years, has opened the Tennessee Stillhouse, Chattanooga’s only post-Prohibition distillery.

Locals and whiskey enthusiasts celebrated the micro-distillery’s debut at the grand opening party on March 24, and tasted the first batch of whiskey bottled in Chattanooga in 100 years. Guests toured the Stillhouse, met members of the staff, and sampled Chattanooga Whiskey’s 1816 Reserve and 1816 Cask varieties.

“The Tennessee Stillhouse will fill a void that has existed in Chattanooga for 100 years,” said Tim Piersant, co-founder of Chattanooga Whiskey. “The distillery is a culmination of our years of commitment to restoring distilling in Chattanooga, and will continue to bring the community together in celebration of both the city and state’s rich whiskey culture.”

The single-story building is located at 1439 Market Street across from the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel and features a 100-gallon copper still from Louisville-based Vendome Copper and Brass Works. Tastings will be offered daily Monday through Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased on-site at the Stillhouse for eight dollars per guest. The Stillhouse will also be available for private events and tours.

“Being part of the first distillery in Chattanooga since prohibition is an honor,” said head distiller Grant McCracken who joined the Chattanooga Whiskey team in December after six years with the Boston Beer Company. “We’re very excited to bring whiskey back to the people of Chattanooga after a century-long intermission. We look forward to becoming part of the Tennessee distilling community, carrying on great whiskey traditions and creating some of our own.”

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Source: Chattanooga Whiskey Co.