Choose from Three Options
- $33 for a distillery tour for two ($66 value)
- $65 for a distillery tour for four ($132 value)
- $95 for a distillery tour for six ($198 value)
Each option includes the following, per guest:
- Distillery tour
- T-shirt or hat
- Shot glass
Short Mountain Distillery
The word "moonshine" might conjure up images of Prohibition-era speakeasies, but spirit-making at Short Mountain Distillery is hardly a clandestine affair. Quite the opposite, in fact—owner Billy Kaufman keeps his operation a community effort. Kaufman operates the 300-acre Little Short Mountain Farm, and a few years ago it inspired a thought: why not use his land to make moonshine? After all, a notorious moonshiner or two did use the farm's caves for just such a purpose in the past. And it would create jobs, support local farmers, and make for some tasty cocktails, all while keeping the revenue local. Kaufman's friends and neighbors agreed, and in 2010, they voted to allow the construction of Short Mountain Distillery.
Right next to the distillery planted firmly in scenic Cannon County, Stillhouse Restaurant offers a romantic-dinner atmosphere with a menu featuring seasonal and local farm-to-table Southern dishes paired with cocktails made from moonshine prepared next door. Dining rooms with open views, bordered with grand porches and decks, set the scene for evening dinners, and in the afternoon, customers can visit the café for lunch. For larger parties, a grand banquet room is available for reservations.
Today, Short Mountain Distillery continues to champion Tennessee traditions by using the farm's corn and mill to create 105 proof, authentic moonshine in two varieties: classic Short Mountain Moonshine and Apple Pie Moonshine. Their production is still a community project, and if there's any doubt, all you need to do is stop by the distillery, where the staff welcomes visitors with open arms, or at the very least open tours. They can even suggest how to make a mean moonshine cocktail. Even if a person can't make an on-site trip, he or she can still find Short Mountain's potables in stores across Tennessee, Georgia, and Los Angeles.