Chattanooga Now Popcorn Sutton opening new craft distillery in Newport, Tenn.

Chattanooga Now Popcorn Sutton opening new craft distillery in Newport, Tenn.

January 9th, 2014 in Chattnow Dining

Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton

Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Officials say whiskey maker Popcorn Sutton Distilling is opening a new facility in Newport.

In a Wednesday news release, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and company officials said Popcorn Sutton is completing construction on a new craft distillery in Cocke County.

The news release says the late Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton was a third-generation moonshiner who lived and distilled his white whiskey in Cocke County. Officials said the new facility represents a homecoming for Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White Whiskey and Sutton's family.

The distilling company was founded by Sutton's friend and apprentice Jamey Grosser.