Tennessee Distillers Guild Launches Website & App To Feature The State’s Spirited History & Culture
The Tennessee Whiskey Trail is a union of 30 whiskey distilleries across the Volunteer State brought together by the Tennessee Distillers Guild. The organization and the state are encouraging travelers and even residents to visit the distilleries and have created a passport, website, map and and app to feature this major part of Tennessee tradition.
Those who fill out all 30 stops in a passport get a gift from the guild.
“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. “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.
“This trail puts an international spotlight on Tennessee and its whiskey culture. We hope to see people come from all over the world just to get a taste of this once-in-a-lifetime Tennessee whiskey experience.”
At each participating distillery, visitors get a true taste of the history, tradition and novelty of Tennessee whiskey. Serious whiskey drinkers ambitious enough to complete the entire trail in a single trip can find a 10-day itinerary on the trail’s website, tnwhiskeytrail.com. There is also an app to download called the Tennessee Whiskey Trail App.
The distilleries range from boutique-sized operations to well-known distilleries that have been making good ol’ fashioned Tennessee whiskey for ages. The trail includes Tennessee’s most famous whiskey producers, Jack Daniels and George Dickel.
Middle Tennessee has the most distilleries on the trail with 13. There are 11 in East Tennessee (mostly in and around Gatlinburg) and one in West Tennessee; the additional five were not initially identified by the guild. Here is a map to distillery locations.
The trail was announced in a ceremony at the Little Brick Theatre at the Factory in Franklin and will be recognized at two other events, the Tennessee Distillers Guild’s annual Grains and Grits Festival Nov. 3-4 in Townsend, Tennessee and a TBD event happening May 2018 in Memphis.