When Old Glory Distilling Company opened its doors in Clarksville in November 2016, the community didn’t realize a beautiful venue and dozens of new events were part of the deal.
The 23,000 square foot facility includes a 7,000 sq. ft. multi-level event space that is privately booked most weekends for weddings and receptions, along with Distillery seasonal events like Dueling Pianos and a Craftsmen’s Fair. But, it’s also played host to community events like the Go Commando Half Marathon, the Customs House Museum’s Flying High, and the inaugural Bacon & Bourbon Festival planned for August 24.
Bacon & Bourbon will feature a multitude of culinary partners from across the region. Restaurants and caterers will have menu items on-site featuring either bacon or bourbon as an ingredient. Old Glory Distilling will offer craft cocktails available, with one craft cocktail included per purchased ticket.
Outside, live music and a relaxed atmosphere make this the perfect place to hang out with friends and enjoy the evening. Guests can shop from vendors, play yard games, and watch cooking demonstrations. Tickets start at $25.
Old Glory Proprietor Matt Cunningham is a former firefighter with a passion for his Clarksville hometown.
“Only one semester away from graduating with a financial management and investments degree, I came to the realization that I’d never be able to sit at a desk … not even for a short while,” says Cunningham. “I did graduate, packed my bags, and moved back home where I had the opportunity to live out every little kid’s dream. I was a full-time firefighter for nearly four years, and I absolutely loved every minute of it. I worked every third day for 24 hours and then I’d have the next 48 hours off. That 48 hours off was almost entirely dedicated to this fascination-turned-idea of opening a craft distillery in my hometown.”
For the 27-year-old Cunningham, the idea behind the distillery was so much more than simply owning a business. “More than anything,” he says, “it was an opportunity to bring something to the city that everyone would be excited about and proud to call their own. This is not my distillery. This is Clarksville’s Old Glory Distilling Company, and the products we proudly craft are a representation of the hardworking, patriotic, and unyielding character that embodies our city and this great country.”
The focus at Old Glory Distilling Company is on producing small-batch, artisan distilled spirits – primarily premium Tennessee Whiskey and Bourbon Whiskey, products that take a while to properly age. In the meantime, Old Glory offers their Jumper’s Stash White Rum, Smooth Shine Tennessee Moonshine, and Tennessee Vodka. The first small batch of Old Glory Bourbon was introduced in December 2017. After a two-year aging process, the Premium Tennessee Whiskey will be introduced in 2019.
Beyond that, the folks at Old Glory love the process of the craft. “We have a Gin and Blueberry Lemonade Moonshine coming out in September,” shared Cunningham. “And, we’re working on three more small-batch products to have out for the Christmas season.”
Old Glory Bourbon Whiskey is a true “Grain-to-Glass” product, meaning it was mashed, fermented, distilled, aged, and bottled by Old Glory Distilling Co. in Clarksville, Tenn.
Old Glory Distilling is located at 451 Alfred Thun Road and is open for tours and tastings Monday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Tours are offered hourly and reservations are encouraged.
For information on the Bacon & Bourbon Festival, visit the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1824457294525276/ or Eventbrite.com (link: http://bit.ly/2J51SSR).
Visit www.oldglorydistilling.com to schedule a tour, learn more about the distillery, or sign up for their newsletter to receive information on all future bourbon and whiskey releases.