Sprawling across the state’s diverse geography, the Tennessee Whiskey Trail is a one-of-a-kind, 26-distillery movement that takes its travelers on a journey across the storied past and present of a state known for a culture of distillation that dates back centuries. From smaller, boutique distilleries to mass-production operations recognized around the world serving up everything from whiskey and moonshine to gin and vodka, the Whiskey Trail instills the Tennessee spirit in its visitors.
Get on the trail while visiting Manchester and discover this trio of Middle Tennessee distilleries that are all within a half-hour’s drive.
Jack Daniel’s Distillery
280 Lynchburg Hwy., Lynchburg | 931-759-6357
You can’t talk about Tennessee whiskey without the world-renowned Old No. 7 coming to mind. Located in Lynchburg, just 30 minutes from Manchester, the Jack Daniel’s Distillery welcomes more than 300,000 visitors a year on its tasting tours to learn the history behind this state’s first federally authorized distillery that took its product from the heart of rural America to literally every corner of the world.
Cascade Hollow Distilling Co.
1950 Cascade Hollow Rd, Tullahoma | 931-857-4110
Located in the heart of Coffee County on an idyllic property complete with a spring-fed creek and dense forest brush, the newly revitalized and rebranded Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. most famously makes George Dickel, its signature brand named for the founder who was a pal of Jasper “Jack” Daniel’s. Down in the “holler,” as people around these parts say, the distillery features a greeting house, bottling room, merchandise area, event space for musical acts and plenty of pastoral charm. This afternoon trip takes just 20 minutes from downtown Manchester.
Short Mountain Distillery
8280 Short Mountain Rd., Woodbury | 615-206-0830
Located on a 400-acre working farm in the town of Woodbury in adjacent Cannon County, Short Mountain Distillery is the jack of all trades: Beyond various spirits and its history tours, Short Mountain also offers visitors a full-service restaurant with vegan options like seitan, cocktail lessons, a music venue, seasonal events like a haunted woods and plenty of unexpected delights. Owner Billy Kauffman was not only integral in the formation of the Tennessee Distillers Guild, but also its first-ever president.
If whiskey isn’t your thing, Manchester even has its own winery. Head over to Beans Creek to taste your way through the region’s grape culture.
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