Chattanooga Whiskey's downtown distillery opening delayed until 2015

photo Joe Ledbetter, left, and Tim Piersant are the founders of Chattanooga Whiskey Co.

The plan to manufacture Chattanooga Whiskey here in the Scenic City has suffered another delay.

After more than three years, two separate site plans and one statewide political campaign aimed at legalizing the distillation of whiskey in Chattanooga, backers will push back the opening of the Tennessee Stillhouse until spring 2015 due to lingering legal and planning complications.

Though the company succeeded in its effort to repeal Tennessee's Prohibition-era laws that prevented the distillation of spirits in Chattanooga, the building is on hold until final plans are complete and the city signs off on construction.

Even after canceling a planned New Year's party in order to fully concentrate on the new distilery, the company is still coping with the challenge of transforming the hulking former car dealership at 329 Market St.