Chattanooga Whiskey Co. begins construction on larger production distillery downtown

Chattanooga Whiskey

Chattanooga Whiskey Co. wants to build and operate a distillery at the site of the former Newton Chevrolet dealership downtown.

The company is seeking a special exception permit from the city to run the distillery at 601 W. M.L. King Blvd. that can make 14 barrels a day with each holding 53 gallons, officials said Wednesday.

That will make it one of the largest craft bourbon whiskey producers in Tennessee, according to the company.

Company founder and CEO Tim Piersant said officials are excited about the opportunity to put local, high-quality manufacturing in Chattanooga's downtown.

"This additional location will provide us with the capacity to expand beyond our current three markets, building Chattanooga Whiskey into a more nationally recognized premium bourbon producer from Tennessee," he said.