Downtown moonshine, whiskey distillery in the works

Developers are trying to open a new moonshine and whiskey distillery in downtown Knoxville, and it could be the first of its kind under a new city ordinance.

The Metropolitan Planning Commission has approved moving forward on a distillery off Jackson Avenue between Gay Street and Broadway. That's right across the street from where the McClung Warehouse once stood.

A spokesperson for the distillery says the group of owners plan to name it Knox Whiskey Works. The distillery will make bourbon, moonshine, gin, and vodka. He says they plan to use locally grown corn from Jefferson County and water from Greeneville in the recipe.

The downtown distillery will feature tours and a tasting room.

The spokesperson says they hope to have the distillery up and running by the end of the year.

The MPC says this is the first distillery that's gone through the use in review process.

In January, the city passed a new ordinance that makes it easier for breweries, wineries and distilleries to set up shop in the city.


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