Tennessee House delays whiskey distillery bill until next week

Tennessee House delays whiskey distillery bill until next week

April 11th, 2013 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Chattanooga Whiskey Co. is planning to move into this 30,000-square-foot building on Chattanooga's Southside if state lawmakers approve a bill permitting distilling in Hamilton County.

Photo by Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE - Consideration of a bill that would open the way for whiskey distilleries in Chattanooga was delayed today in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Bill sponsor Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lacassas, "rolled," or moved, the bill's final consideration until Wednesday.

The bill would expand a 2009 law that excluded Hamilton County and allows whiskey distilleries in areas that have approved liquor by the drink and package store sales of liquor.

Chattanooga Whiskey Co. backs the bill, which would let the company distill whiskey in Chattanooga for the first time since Prohibition.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.