Chattanooga Whiskey Plans Distillery At 14th And Fort Streets

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Owners of the Chattanooga Whiskey Company said they plan to open a distillery in the former Turnbull Cone Baking building at 14th and Fort Streets.

Joe Ledbetter and Tim Piersant said they have entered into a tentative agreement with Chestnut Street Properties LLC, pending a bill passing that is currently moving through the Tennessee legislation to allow the local production of Chattanooga Whiskey.

Mr. Ledbetter said, "Several months ago we partnered with Artech Design Group for the build out of our new distillery and headquarters.

The building, located in Chattanooga’s Southside at Fort and 14th, is on the National Register of Historic Places as the original site of the Turnbull Cone Machine Company in 1910. The 30,000 square foot building has an original clear story allowing for two roof top patios, to be used in conjunction with the distillery's 5000 square foot top floor event space.

"The first floor plans will include the tour entrance, local historical artifacts, whiskey glasses, and interesting documents from Chattanooga’s pre-prohibition distilling days, as well as a bottle shop for tourists to purchase commemorative Chattanooga Whiskey bottles, memorabilia and Chattanooga Whiskey apparel. From the first floor, visitors will view the 2,000-gallon Vendome copper still that we affectionately referred to as Big Bertha. Big Bertha will rise 16 feet from the underground production area through the tourist viewing area on the first floor. The underground production area will include distilling, barrel filling, proofing, an extensive bottling line, and careful packaging of Chattanooga Whiskey for timely shipment.

"The second and third floors of the Historic building will serve as to store and age approximately one thousand standard vintage style 53 gallon barrels. Plans include the fourth floor of the Chattanooga Whiskey location to be the last stop on the tour where visitors will be able to sample a selection of whiskeys made at the distillery. The fourth floor space offers a wonderful panoramic view of Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain, which will be used as an event space for corporate gatherings, private events, receptions, and the occasional Chattanooga Whiskey Presents Music Series."



Amanda Banks Joins Pinnacle's Broad Street Office

Amanda Banks has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a mortgage advisor assistant for the firm’s downtown Chattanooga office at 801 Broad St. Ms. Banks,   with 10 years of experience, most recently served as a mortgage loan processor for Peoples Home Equity. Prior roles included serving as a loan officer for Principal Mortgage, First Horizon Bank and United ... (click for more)

Alexander Says Bipartisan Bill Will Help Stabilize Individual Health Insurance Market, Then Lower Premiums

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander announced on Tuesday he and Senator Patty Murray (R-Wa.) have reached a short-term deal to offer bipartisan legislation to stabilize the individual health insurance market and begin to lower the costs of premiums, so all Americans have access to health insurance. “Our legislation is based on the four bipartisan hearings and ... (click for more)

$125 Million County School Building Plan Includes Shifting CSLA To Tyner Middle; Combining Tyner High/Middle; New Harrison Elementary, New East Hamilton Middle

Hamilton County School officials on Thursday unveiled a $125 million building plan that includes moving the Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts to the current Tyner Middle School, which will undergo a major renovation. Tyner Middle will move across the street into Tyner High School. Both Tyner buildings have been under-utilized for a number of years. There will also be ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Committee Says Pulling Away From County Schools Is "Feasible"

After eight months of investigating the viability of Signal Mountain establishing a separate school district, a committee of six has determined that it is feasible and would meet the goal of improving the education provided to students. The committee was also tasked with identifying obstacles and if possible to find ways to overcome them.  Results of the report were presented ... (click for more)

The Deer Decline At Enterprise South Nature Park

There are now 11 fewer deer to see at Enterprise Nature Park. The hunters snuck another one in secretly so as not to cause controversy.   I go to that park three or four times a week, and haven't seen any deer for months, and I used to see them all the time. They had to put out "salt licks" to attract deer from surrounding areas outside the park. Then they killed them ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: At Last! New Schools

In this me-me-me-only-me world of today, we-we-we-finally got a thrilling $125 million facility plan for the Hamilton County Department of Education on Thursday night. The School Board unanimously approved a well-thought-out “first Band-Aid” that will provide a new elementary school in Harrison, middle schools in East Hamilton and Howard, and a quite-satisfactory answer to move ... (click for more)