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The Top 10 Nashville Distilleries

Nashville is known for many things; hot chicken, country music, Broadway, beer, and whiskey. They are so many distilleries in and around Nashville that are a must-see when you live or visit the area. Tennessee has been a leader in distilleries before, during, and after Prohibition. These distilleries range from small homegrown operations to those well-known distilleries that have been making whiskey for generations. We have compiled a list of just 10 of the fantastic distilleries in our town that we think you should visit.

 

Jack Daniels Distillery

280 Lynchburg Hwy, Lynchburg, TN 37352

Jack Daniels

You can’t talk about Tennessee distilleries and not think of Jack Daniels. Built in 1866, Jack Daniels became the first registered distillery within the US. Jack Daniels Distillery is located in Lynchburg, TN; a dry county so you won’t be able to buy any Jack (or other alcohol) in any stores or restaurants in the county. When you purchase a bottle of Jack at the gift shop, you are paying for the bottle that just happens to have Jack included in the bottle. They have several different kinds of tours but I highly recommend the Flight of Jack Daniel’s tour which includes sips from 5 Jack products and a tour of the historic barrelhouse 1-14.

Tours: Daily, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cost: Ranging from $15-$100 Per Person

George Dickel Tennessee Whisky

1950 Cascade Hollow Road, Tullahoma, TN 37388

 ©George Dickel Tennessee Whisky

George Dickel Distillery is hidden away in the Tennessee hills in Cascade Hollow surrounded by 600 protected acres of forest and crystal-fresh springs. What makes this distillery unique, other than spelling whisky without the “e” like the Scottish, is that their whiskey is chilled before undergoing the charcoal-mellow filtration. They do this because George Dickel, the founder, preferred whisky made in the winter months more than summer months. They are the only Tennessee distillery to still do this process.

Tours: The Visitors Center is open Monday thru Saturday, 9 am to 4:30 pm with the last tour starting at 3:30 pm each day and Sundays 11:30 – 5 pm with the last tour starting at 4:00 pm.

Cost: $10 Per Person

Corsair Distillery

1200 Clinton Street #110, Nashville, TN 37203

601 Merrit Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203

 ©Corsair Distillery

Childhood friends Darek Bell and Andrew Webber began home brewing beer and wine in a garage before turning to whiskey. Today, Corsair operates two distilleries in Nashville, Tennessee along with a craft malting facility, and a third distillery in downtown Bowling Green, Kentucky. Corsair produces a range of products including whiskeys, gins, absinthe, rum, vodka, and brandy.

Tours: Tuesday thru Thursday, 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm, and 6:30 pm

Friday, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm and 6:30pm

Saturday, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, and 5:30pm

Sunday, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, and 4:30pm

Cost: Tour with tasting: $10 per person (w/o tax); Tour without tasting: $2 per person (w/o tax)

Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine

903 Parkway #128 Gatlinburg, TN 37738

650 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

131 The Island Drive, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

©Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine

Ole Smoky’s original moonshine distillery opened on July 6, 2010, but its roots can be traced back over 100 years to the early settlers of the Smoky Mountains. In January 2016, Ole Smoky introduced a whiskey line to their spirits portfolio and merged their brand with another family-owned Tennessee whiskey. Ole Smoky became Tennessee’s first legal moonshine distillery.

Tours: Monday thru Saturday, 10 am to 11 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm

Cost:

 

Leiper’s Fork Distillery

3381 Southall Rd, Franklin, TN 37064

 ©Leiper’s Fork Distillery

Like many small distilleries, they are family-owned and operated. Leiper’s Fork two main spirits in production are Tennessee Whiskey and Bourbon. They use locally grown grain, limestone-filtered water, traditional techniques and attention to detail to create their small-batch whiskeys.  Their whiskey is also aged in 53 gallon charred white oak barrels for five to seven years; maybe longer.

Tours: Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tours begin at 10 a.m. and continue at the top of every hour with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m.

Sundays (April – December) 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Tours begin at 1 p.m. and continue on the top of every hour with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m.
Cost: $10.00 Per Person

 

Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery

1414 Clinton Street, Nashville, TN 37203

 ©Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery

Located just two miles from downtown Nashville on Broadway, the Nelson brothers Andy and Charlie Nelson have relaunched the historic Tennessee business. Charles Nelson (the first Nelson Distiller) was producing and selling nearly two million bottles of whiskey annually in 1885, making him the largest producer of Tennessee Whiskey in the world before prohibition. The tour starts with a journey through the history of Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery, followed by a walk-through of the production floor. You end your tour in The Tasting Room where you will enjoy samples of several products.

Tours: Tours are offered on the half-hour, Monday through Sunday.

Monday through Saturday, tours run from 11 am to 6 pm

Sunday, tours run from 11 am to 5 pm (alcohol only available for purchase after 12 pm on Sunday)

Cost: $11 Per Person

 

Short Mountain Distillery

8280 Short Mountain Road, Woodbury, TN 37190

 ©Short Mountain Distillery

Short Mountain is located on a 400-acre working farm in Cannon County, Tennessee. The Kaufman brothers (Billy, David, Ben, and Darian) got enough signatures to build their distillery on Billy’s farm in 2010. Short Mountain is known for being a locally owned, family-funded business, as well as being the 6th Tennessee distillery making 105 proof authentic Tennessee Moonshine.

Tours: Thursday–Sunday 11:30 am and 2:30 pm; Cocktail class- Friday–Saturday 12:30 pm;

Vip moonshiner tour- Saturday 1:30pm

Cost: $10 Per Person

 

Old Glory Distilling Company

451 Alfred Thun Road, Clarksville, TN 37040

 ©Old Glory Distilling Company

Old Glory Distilling company takes pride in handcrafting spirits the right way by using grains grown by the local farmers and never taking shortcuts. The Tennessee Whiskey and Bourbon are in early release but they also have rum, vodka, and moonshine that are delicious! Their vodka is sent through their copper pot still and carefully filter it through the same sugar maple charcoal used for our Tennessee Whiskey.

Tours: On weekdays, tours start at 1 pm, 3 pm, and 5 pm. On weekends, tours start on the hour with the last tour beginning at 5 pm.

Cost: $7 Per Person

 

H Clark Distillery

1557 Thompson’s Station Road W, Thompson’s Station, TN 37179

 ©H Clark Distillery

In August 2014, H Clark Distillery became the first legal distillery in Williamson County in over 100 years! Their spirits include Tennessee Bourbon, Tennessee Dry Gin, Tennessee Black & Tan Whiskey, as well as the experimental craft occasionally released.

Tours: Tours are on the hour from Monday thru Friday, 11 am to 4 pm, Saturday, 12 pm to 4 pm, and Sunday 12 pm to 3 pm.

Cost:

Pennington Distilling Company (formerly SPEAKeasy Spirits Distillery)

900 44th Avenue N, Nashville, TN 37209

 ©Pennington Distilling Company

Pennington is responsible for creating some of the largest volume craft brands in the area including Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream and Pickers Vodka. They also have three types of whiskeys, Tennessee Whiskey, Bourbon, and Rye, plus a few other experimental whiskeys. You can even find their products at The Ryman, Ascend Amphitheater, Loveless Café, Bridgestone Arena, the Grand Ole Opry, the Sounds Stadium, the Wildhorse Saloon, throughout Lower Broadway, and countless other locations.

Tour: Thursday – Saturday: 12 pm – 7 pm; Tours start at the top of each hour 12-6 pm.

Cost: Tour only- $5; Tour & Tasting- $10

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