The Chattanooga Whiskey Co. rewrote century-old laws with their Vote Whiskey campaign to be able to distill Whiskey in their hometown.
Pre-Prohibition, Chattanooga, Tennessee, was once one of the largest Whiskey-distilling cities in the nation with more than 30 distilleries in Chattanooga’s downtown area from 1866–1915. Although Prohibition was repealed in 1933, until 2009 only three counties allowed liquor distillation. Then in 2009, it became legal to distill spirits in 41 counties in Tennessee. But Hamilton County, where Chattanooga is situated, wasn’t one of the 41 counties included. It wasn’t until 2013, due to the “Vote Whiskey” campaign started by Tim Piersant and Joe Ledbetter, that liquor distilling in Chattanooga was legalized. In March 2015, Chattanooga Whiskey Co. built the first legal distillery in Chattanooga since Prohibition.
Read the interview at Old Liquors Magazine.