Tennessee now has a Tennessee Whiskey Trail, which includes a 30-stop tour to 25 unique Tennessee distilleries across the state. Launched by the Tennessee Distillers Guild, a membership organization consisting of more than 30 Tennessee distilleries, created this tour in ten months.
“The Tennessee Whiskey Trail is a joint effort by all of our Guild members to feature Tennessee whiskey and moonshine, as well as the craftsmen and women that make them,” said Kris Tatum, president of the Tennessee Distillers Guild in a press release about the trail. “On the trail, visitors can learn about the art of distilling and about the history and the culture of whiskey-making that is legendary in our state.”
The need for a Tennessee Whiskey Trail came about from the growing tourism in the state. The Guild, which started in March of 2014, saw this need to support the Tennessee Whiskey industry. The Guild’s mission says just that – to responsibly promote and advocate for the Tennessee distilling industry, as well as draw visitors to every corner of the state to experience Tennessee whiskey.
“We are an industry that touches so many other industries such as agriculture, hospitality, and tourism,” added Tatum. “We really saw the importance of tourism and what it would bring for this industry, as well as having the opportunity to come together and be a voice, one voice, for distillers in Tennessee.”
Ready to experience the trail? Grab your free passport booklet on tnwhiskeytrail.com or pick them up at select distillery locations. The passport is a way to collect stamps from each distillery and receive a commemorative gift to mark the success of completing the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. Download the official Tennessee Whiskey Trail App to access the digital Passport.
The Trail’s 25 distilleries range from small batch to high-producing from West to East Tennessee. The trail can be completed distillery-by-distillery or in regions at a time.View the following distilleries by region:
WEST TENNESSEE – Old Dominick Distillery
MIDDLE TENNESSEE – Corsair Distillery, George Dickel Distillery, Nelson’s Greenbrier Distillery, H Clark Distillery, Jack Daniel Distillery, Jug Creek Distillery, Leiper’s Fork Distillery, Nashville Craft, Old Glory Distilling Co, Short Mountain Distillery, Southern Pride Distillery, Pennington Distilling Co, Tenn South Distillery.
EAST TENNESSEE – Bootleggers Distillery, Chattanooga Whiskey Distillery, Cocke County Moonshine Distillery, Doc Collier Distillery, Knox Whiskey Works Distillery, Old Forge Distillery, Ole Smokey Distillery, Post Modern Distillery, Sugarlands Distilling Co, Tennessee Legend Distillery, Thunder Road Distillery.
Looking to plan your trip? There are sample itineraries on www.tnwhiskeytrail.com that you can use as a guide. View the itineraries by region or conquer a 10-day West to East Tennessee Whiskey trip.
“This trail puts an international spotlight on Tennessee and its whiskey culture,” said Tatum in the press release. “We hope to see people come from all over the world to just to get a taste of this once-in-a-lifetime Tennessee whiskey experience.”
This story is the introduction to a series of articles on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. As a part of the Tennessee Whiskey Trail series, I will be traveling to different areas of the Middle Tennessee region to experience the variety and diversity of each individual distillery. My goal is to fully-immerse myself into every aspect of the distilleries and the different regional areas in which they reside. It is an insider’s look at the Tennessee Whiskey Trail.