Whiskey is a go-go: Chattanooga Whiskey taps Sam Adams' top brewer as new master distiller

Chattanooga Whiskey's new location is under construction on Market Street across from the Chattanooga Choo Choo.

By the numbers

Staff: 7 full-time Total investment: Less than $1 million Size: 2,400 square feet including production, retail and tasting experience, 2,000-foot outside patio Top investors: Tim Piersant, Lamp Post Group, and an ownership group of a dozen other investors Whiskey experience: Retail, distilling, tour and tastings Hours: Open seven days a week, hours yet to be announced. Open date: February Source: Tennessee Stillhouse

Galvanized by a rising tide of popular acclaim, Chattanooga Whiskey Co. altered an ancient Tennessee liquor law and rounded up support from local politicians and investors on their mission to build a monster distillery and tourist attraction in the Scenic City.

But their efforts hit a roadblock when their first- and second-round picks for a distillery site proved unsuitable or structurally unsound. The once-raucous business quieted down and regrouped.