May 20, 2017
“When people ask what’s in Clarksville, I hope this (distillery) comes to mind.” Matt Cunningham’s thirst for adventure has guided his life. It’s what persuaded him to abandon his plans to work in wealth management and instead run into burning buildings as a Clarksville firefighter. And it’s what ultimately persuaded him to put his finance degree to use by starting his own business in his early 20s.
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May 4, 2017
If you’ve visited the distillery for a tour or tasting, one thing missing from the experience has been the ability to grab a cocktail … a full one that is. Up until today, Tennessee state law did not allow the sale of full cocktails at distilleries. We were only allowed to serve 1/2oz samples of each product.
But now, this law dating back to the end of prohibition has changed! We now have a seasonal cocktail menu with a signature drink for each of our spirits. The cocktail bar is open 7 days a week until 6pm, and is the perfect leisurely afternoon stop when friends or family are in town!
Tennessee Mule Cocktail:
Pineapple Rum Punch Cocktail:
March 17, 2017
When you have two alcohol businesses a stones throw away from each other, it’s only a matter of time before ideas start getting tossed back and forth. While on a day to day basis Beachaven Winery works with fruits and we work with grains, there are many similarities between the two of us. We both have the same goal in mind of converting sugar (either from fruit or grain) into alcohol.
As we learned more and more about each other’s processes, a light bulb went off in mid-conversation one day. Brandy! Brandy is simply distilled wine that is required by law to be aged for at least 2 years in a barrel. Beachaven had the wine, we have the still, and we decided to age the brandy in a used wine barrel. The wine we used was an already phenomenal tasting Chardonnay, and when we distilled through our copper pot still, the spirit that flowed off was very bright, aromatic, and rich tasting spirit. It could hold its own as a stand-alone unaged immature brandy, but the two-year rest we’re going to give it in the barrel is going to really balance it out.
This particular barrel is slightly larger than our typical Bourbon and TN Whiskey barrels. It’s a 60 gallon vs. our typical 53 gallon. Come by for a tour where we’ve got the barrel on display!
February 17, 2017
After a few months of breaking the stills in on our initial lineup of clear spirits, Bourbon production is now in full swing!
But I thought you could only make Bourbon in Kentucky?
It’s one of the most common misconceptions in the spirits industry. Bourbon can actually be made anywhere in the United States. While most of the world’s bourbon is made in Kentucky, it doesn’t have to be. The legal requirements are that at least 51% of the mash bill (aka recipe) is corn, the rest of the mash bill must be all grain, and it must be aged in a brand new charred white American oak barrel. There’s no age requirement – legally speaking, we could dump the unaged spirit into a barrel, then immediately dump it right back out and call it bourbon.
So how long before you actually release it?
Our first barrels will be released December 2017. This December release will be coming from 10-gallon casks vs. our typical 25 gallon and 53 gallon barrels. Smaller barrels age spirits in a shorter amount of time than the larger barrels due to the ratio of surface of area of wood to volume of liquid.
So how to do we know what it’s going to taste like? If it’s good going in, it’ll be great coming out – and we couldn’t be more excited about the unaged spirit we have going in. We can hardly wait to start pulling samples!
December 31, 2016
There’s a characteristic of many craftsmen that some consider a fault, but we see it differently. It’s the insatiable desire to constantly improve something that’s already great. The age old saying of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” simply doesn’t apply to us.
So what does this have to do with rum? We’ve barreled up some of our finest Jumper’s Stash White Rum for a barrel aged and a spiced release here in a few years. This already great tasting spirit is going to take on wonderful vanilla and caramel notes from the used Wild Turkey barrels that we’re aging it in. While taste will be the final determining factor, we’re slating these barrels to be dumped after a 2 year rest.
November 21, 2016
Rounding out the last of our initial trio of spirits, Old Glory Tennessee Vodka is now available! This fine Tennessee spirit is one of a kind and one that we’re particularly proud of for its category. With the vodka being the #1 selling spirit category in the United States, the spirit is not hard to come by, but finding a spirit that is truly craft distilled from grain-to-glass is very hard to find. What does that mean? It means we grind our non-gmo corn (grown locally by Long Vue Farms), cook, ferment, distill, filter, and bottle our Vodka – all from scratch and under our roof. We never buy “GNS” (aka Grain Neutral Spirits or Neutral Grain Spirits) from a massive ethanol factory to be bottled or redistilled as our own. As with everything we do, our give-a-damn runs too high to take any shortcuts. Here’s to taking pride in your craft. Cheers!
October 23, 2016
In just a few short days, the tasting bar and gift shop at Old Glory Distilling Co. will open for the very first time. It’s been a fun ride leading up to this point … but the real excitement is just beginning!
On Saturday, we’ll be releasing our spirits for sale at not only our gift shop and tasting bar, but also at all retail locations where spirits are sold in Montgomery County. All locations will have a select amount of bottles from our first batch, but quantities will be limited!
9:00AM DOORS OPEN
At this time, we’ll begin bottle and merchandise sales from the gift shop.
10:00AM TASTING BAR OPENS & LIVE MUSIC BEGINS
We’ll begin tastings of each of our spirits at the tasting bar, live music will begin on the back lawn, and food trucks will begin arrive. As long as the forecast holds, it’s going to be a beautiful day outside! Feel free to bring along a blanket and lawn chairs to relax and enjoy the day. This will be a very family friendly event.
3:00PM OUTDOOR FESTIVITIES CLOSE
We’ll begin winding down the outdoor festivities and live music, but our gift shop and tasting bar will remain open into the evening. We’ll be closing our doors at 8:00PM.
We’re expecting attendance to be high, and the supply of our spirits is limited! If we do sell out, it’ll take around a week for our next batch to become available. We can’t wait to meet everyone!
July 20, 2016
You might have heard through the grapevine, or maybe even seen the trucks at Old Glory Distilling Co. delivering the first round of raw materials for spirit production to begin. If you follow us on Instagram, you’ve seen a few sneak peeks of our Caribbean Molasses, our locally grown non-GMO corn, and our American Made Smooth Shine Moonshine Bottles. Those inside looks are just the beginning of the many bushels of grain and pallets of glass that have been making their way into the distillery.
In addition to our local non-GMO corn, Long Vue Farms is readying the wheat necessary for our Smooth Shine Tennessee Moonshine. Wheat is difference maker and key ingredient to what sets our Shine a step above the rest. Many are all too familiar with the harsh bite of corn and sugar shine. With wheat as our base, we’ve removed the harsh “bite” of corn and introduced the smooth “kiss” of wheat to this southern classic.
Possibly the most important, yet underappreciated ingredient to the whole process is our yeast that arrived a few days ago. Without it, we’d be a “Craft Grits Factory.” When we cook our mash, we’re essentially cooking an enormous 1000 Gallon batch of sweet southern grits. When the yeast are introduced to the batch, they eat up all the sugar in the mash turning it into 1. Carbon Dioxide and 2. Alcohol. Once their work is done, the once sweet batch of grits is now a 10% alcohol distillers “beer” ready to distill.
Over the next 2 weeks, the final pieces of the puzzle will be rolling through our doors, and the production of Clarksville’s Fine Tennessee Spirits will begin. We will not be open to the public for tours and tastings during this initial production phase, but we’ll be keeping everyone updated on our timeline to launch and where you’ll be able to pick up one of the first bottles to roll off the line. Cheers!
February 26, 2016
We’ve been a little quiet on the blog front recently, but things have been anything but that behind our closed doors. If you’ve been following us on Instagram, you’ve seen a glimpse of the excitement. Our 2 beautiful stills and fermentation tanks have made their way to their permanent home … front and center when you enter through our double doors.
All of the hardwood flooring from Thomas Lumber Co. and beautifully stained doors and trim by David Wallus and Company are now complete as well. As evident in the pictures below, these guys are true craftsmen, and their work is second to none.
As a Federally Bonded facility, Uncle Sam makes sure his tax dollars are well secured. In addition to special order Tax and Trade Bureau locks, a 24 hour video surveillance system was a must-have. The guys at Wired for Life Systems came in and not only secured the premises, but installed the 12 Speaker/24 Foot State-of-the-Art Sound and Projector system in our main event venue. In our Conference and Meeting Room, the fully concealed 100″ Projector Screen and In-Wall Surround Sound is quite impressive as well.
So Are You Open!?
If you’ve driven by on the weekends, there’s a chance you’ve seen our parking lot full. So are we open? Yes! and No. Our 7,000 square foot multi-level venue is now officially open for weddings, receptions, and parties, but the distillery, gift shop, and tasting room are still in the works. Just like Tennessee Whiskey, great things take time … and in this case, more time than we had anticipated! We’re still about 1 month away from being fully operational, where then it’ll take us a few weeks to build inventory. At that point, we’ll launch into stores and open for tours and tastings where the real fun will begin!
December 14, 2015
Adopting an animal for your loved one this Christmas is a risky move. On the other hand, adopting a barrel of whiskey is a sure bet. Through Kickstarter, we’re introducing and giving early access to our Barrel Adoption Program.
When you adopt one of our 53 Gallon Charred American Oak barrels, you’ll be staking claim to not only the wooden cask, but also prime real estate in our barrel warehouse for all visitors to see. Whether you choose your name, your company logo, or your dog’s name, it will be burned into the barrel head and put on display for years to come. You’ll be proud to bring friends and family to the distillery to show them what you’re a part of.
After your barrel’s work is done (approximately 4 years), we’ll bottle the fine Tennessee Whiskey or Bourbon it’s been caring for, and the empty barrel will be yours to cherish and keep. In addition to the empty barrel, you’ll receive the first 5 bottles of premium spirit that your barrel produces.
These barrels are the ultimate one of a kind gift for someone … or for yourself. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the “Honey, Look what you bought me for Christmas!” move. It’s one she’s guaranteed to be on board with.
Adopting a barrel is only available here on our Kickstarter page though December 20th, 2015. Thank you for your support and for helping spread the word!
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