Back to the future of Chattanooga-made whiskey: Distillery opens across from Choo Choo

Tim Piersant, owner and co-founder of Tennessee Stillhouse, stands with full barrels of 1816 Chattanooga Whiskey at the company's location on Market Street.

Years of searching for a home took Tennessee Stillhouse -- the company responsible for Chattanooga Whiskey -- through a series of ups and downs, including the loss of a co-founder.

But at long last, the company is set to open its distillery, tasting room and retail shop on Market Street.

Immediately across from the Chattanooga Choo Choo, Tennessee Stillhouse lives now in a 3,000-square-foot space with original, exposed brick walls and decor made from aged whiskey barrel staves. The new location will open to the public on Tuesday and will let customers see how whiskey is made and taste test new stuff made on the premises.

Just inside the front door of the new Stillhouse is the reception area and retail section with shelves lined with Chattanooga Whiskey hats, shirts and many fifths of Chattanooga Whiskey.