This is the picture of a craft distillery. The barn-like exterior isn’t meant to fool you into thinking that Tenn South is a small distillery. Tenn South is a small distillery. Tiny, even. About an hour’s drive south of Nashville, one arrives at Tenn South purposefully; it’s not on the way to anywhere. Less than 10 miles off I-65 in Giles County, you’ll go through “downtown” Lynnville before arriving at the distillery. This sleeper town occupies a whopping .3 square miles and is home to about 350 people. Lynnville is also home to other regionally famous artisans Colonel Littleton and The Lynnville Pie Company.
Not an uncommon aspiration to Tennesseans, brothers-in-law Blair Butler and Clayton Cutler dreamed of making Tennessee Whiskey. Dr. Butler, a radiologist in nearby Columbia and Cutler, a technical process engineering guy with a long history in inkjet manufacturing, may not seem to be your likely suspects for following through on such a dream. But June 25, 2009 turned that dream into a plan when Governor Phil Bredesen signed off on a law allowing for the “manufacturing of intoxicating liquors” in counties that had approved retail package sales and liquor-by-the-drink sales. The distillery bill, SB1955/HB1720, exponentially increased the number of counties where dreamers like Butler & Cutler could open their own distilleries. Where once there were only three, now dozens of counties were eligible.
Enter Tenn South Distillery. Read More