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Tennessee Back Roads, Grits & Moonshine Tour

Sometimes it’s good to leave the driving to someone that knows all the back roads when searching for Tennessee’s hidden treasures. That’s the idea behind a new bus tour that will soon bring visitors on a day trip through Cannon County!

The bus tour is a joint project between folks at the Rutherford and Cannon County Chambers of Commerce eager to share a slice of our history and heritage with the world.

The day long bus tour takes visitors to Short Mountain Distillery to see how authentic Tennessee Moonshine is made on a 300 acre working farm. The distillery uses traditional processes, organically grown corn that’s stone-milled on site and water from a natural cave spring. Visitors will then see how the community once relied on the power of the Stones River to mill grains at the historic Readyville Mill. Lunch will be provided by the Blue Porch @ the Arts Center where visitors can learn how local folk crafts of basket and chair making kept families fed during the Great Depression. The day will wrap up with antique shopping on the square in Woodbury, TN.

At each stop our guests will receive complimentary gifts to go along with the warm smiles and hospitality you could only find on a day’s adventures through rural America.

This tour is not for individuals, but if you are interested in taking this tour with a pre-formed group of friends, co-workers or civic groups who already have motor coach service, contact the Rutherford County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Barbara Wolke at (615) 278-2327 or visit ReadySetRutherford.com. Tickets are $39 per person and includes lunch and gifts. We look forward to seeing you in Cannon County!

Celebrating life and love at the distillery

SHINE ON: A special toast to newlyweds Andrew¬†Travis and Shrena Henderson who held their reception at this distillery this past weekend (our first!). You can’t beat sharing good food and drink with friends and family. Here’s to many years filled with life and love from all of us at Short Mountain Distillery!

Short Mountain Shine now in Middle Tennessee stores

July 18th, 2012 7 comments

It’s official! You can now buy a bottle of our 105 Proof Authentic Tennessee moonshine in stores across Middle Tennessee.

It’s quite a site to see our county’s history and heritage in a bottle on a store shelf, and we are mighty grateful to all the support we’ve gotten from thousands of you who have visited our distillery since we opened in March.

We also want to thank all the retail store owners and their family and friends who came out to our official Middle Tennessee launch party last night at City House. The crowd was about twice what we expected, but Peg Leg Porker Pitmaster Carey Bringle kept everyone delightfully stuffed with a whole pig. The Jake Leg Stompers brought the Bluegrass while the DrinkMusicCity crew kept drinks flowing with four new Moonshine cocktail recipes we’ll share with you in a couple of days.

Here are a few stores that carry Short Mountain Shine in the Middle Tennessee region. Follow us on Facebook for future launch parties in Knoxville, Memphis and Chattanooga!

Stones River Total Beverage Smyrna’s Divine Wine & Spirits Bill’s Package (Manchester) Bubba’s Wine & Liquors
Celebration Liquors Center Point Liquors Champion Discount Cheers Wine & Liquor (Gordonsville)
Cheers Wine & Liquor (Lebanon) Sinker’s Wine & Spirits CNG Wine & Spirits Del Rio Wine & Spirits
Discount Liquor & Wine (Melrose) Fuzzy Duck Liquors Red Dog Wine & Spirits Hudson’s Wine & Liquor
Jackson’s Bar & Bistro LaVergne Beverage Depot TLC Liquors & Wine Liquor World (Nashville)
Major Discount Liquors Murfreesboro City Limits Murfreesboro Wine & Spirits Oasis Package Store
Old Hickory Wine Parkway Wine & Spirits Short Mountain Distillery Metropolitan Wine & Spirits
City House Stones River Liquors Interstate Liquors Spirits of Nissan Drive
Meadows Liquor Midstate Wine & Spirits Oak Liquor Store Old Fort Liquor & Wine
Longhorn Liquors 96 Liquor & Wine Joe’s Liquor University Package Shop
Gordonsville Discount Liquors Boro Liquors Center Point Liquors Southern Spirits Discount
Social Delberts Wine & Spirits Crossroads Wine & Spirits Chill Wine & Spirits
Favorite Liquors Carroll Street Liquor Store Wine Chap All American Wine & Spirits
Smyrna Liquors Jefferson Wine & Liquor Woodland Wine Merchants Parkway Package
Riverbend Package Store Riverbend Wine & Spirits Liquor Locker J. Barleycorn’s Wine & Spirits
North Jackson Wine & Spirits Nashville Daily Spirits Mulligan’s Wine & Spirits Whiskey Bent Saloon
Sango Wine & Spirits Mr. Whiskers Grace’s Plaza Wine & Spirits Riverstone Wine & Spirits
Liquor Locker Frugal Macdoogal Queen City Liquors Play Dance Bar
Gaylord Opryland Hotel Hillsboro Village Wine & Spirits Sinker’s Wine & Spirits Bluegrass Beverages

Short Mountain Distillery launches online store

July 16th, 2012 2 comments

Here’s an easier way to share a little bit of your Short Mountain Distillery experience this Summer with friends and family. Ship them one of our awesome hats or t-shirt from our newly launched online store!

Nothing beats visiting the distillery and experiencing the making of our authentic Tennessee Moonshine quite like the mementos that remind you of when you were there. It comes a close second to the kinship of seeing someone else wearing a Short Mountain t-shirt!

The state of Tennessee won’t allow us to export our fine authentic Tennessee moonshine to foreign states like New York or California using such space-aged technology, but over time we hope to grow our selection of items that capture the Short Mountain experience. If there’s something you’d like to see added, don’t hesitate to give us a shout.

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Inside the Tennessee Squire Room at Jack Daniel’s

Tennessee Squire Room
A slightly blurry photo of the Tennessee Squire Room at Jack Daniel’s Distillery

You may not have realized it before, but there’s a secret room at Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, TN that not even the tour guides are allowed to talk about. It’s called the Tennessee Squire Room.

It was built 12 years ago as a 25 x 14 room trimmed and floored in pine and densely packed with pieces of history shared by other Tennessee Squires. The website for Tennessee Squires is password protected, and if you weren’t aware the Tennessee Squire Room even existed upon your visit you won’t find the distillery staff willing to help you discover it. It’s that kind of secret.

On my first visit to the Tennessee Squire Room, I was asked to sit at the back of the main lobby. Moments later, a woman appeared and asked if I had a tour. When I told her I had, she smiled patiently and said nothing like it was my turn to guide the conversation. I took the hint and told her I was a Tennessee Squire. “Right this way,” she said, briefly mentioning she would have waited all day for me to say so.

To become a Tennessee Squire, you gotta love Jack, and you have to be nominated by a current Squire who can only nominate one person in their entire lifetime. I have Bartt Baird, a former co-worker at WKRN-TV, to thank for my nomination.

As a Tennessee Squire, you get a very nice gold-embossed deed to a small plot of land and a certificate making you an honorary citizen of Moore County. You’ll occasionally receive letters from locals asking permission to let their cows graze your land or problems with skunks or possums. You also get to hang out in the Tennessee Squire Room and share the Jack Daniel’s experience through the many items left by other Squires. You’ll find one I left among the challenge coins, and I’ve probably already told you too much.