Extracted from Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery
This is where the magic happens – where humble ingredients like corn, barley and rye are cooked, fermented, distilled and aged until finally they are ready to be bottled as whiskey and enjoyed. Located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga across from the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo, the Tennessee Stillhouse micro-distillery and tasting room is steeped in the history and lore of Tennessee’s rich whiskey tradition. Stop by for a tour, saddle up to the bar, and get a taste of history in the making.
Opened in Spring of 2015, the Tennessee Stillhouse is making the first legal whiskey distilled in Chattanooga in over 100 years. It’s part experiment and innovation lab, part museum and all good. It’s a place to showcase the craft process and the whiskey tradition we come from, while also allowing us to get creative with techniques and showcase our current product. Each tour concludes with a full tasting of Chattanooga Whiskey and locally-produced Dr. Thacher’s Cocktail Syrup.
You’ll notice old barrel staves—yes, from our very own whiskey barrels—woven throughout the space alongside reclaimed wood from a local factory. Market Street was once home to over 20 distilleries in the pre-prohibition days when Chattanooga’s whiskey game was at its peak. We’re grateful that after several possible locations, this is the first home of Chattanooga Whiskey Co. We’ve been fortunate to work with a great set of local talent including our architect, Thomas Palmer, and our carpenter, Matt Sears, of Haskel Sears Design.
Our custom-made still, affectionately called “Doc,” made by our friends over at Vendome Copper and Brass Works, is the star of the show. Tours include a lesson in how whiskey is made from “grain to glass” and a chance to peek into the process. You may even get a chance to meet our Head Distiller, Grant McCracken, and see what he’s mixing up on any given day. Have a dram, learn a little something, and get a better understanding of what makes Chattanooga Whiskey such a special part of this great Tennessee tradition.