Tenn. entrepreneurs targeting distilleries

From KnoxvilleBiz.com

Entrepreneurs across Tennessee are chomping at the bit for the chance to get into the whiskey-making business.

A new state law that allows legal production of whiskey and other distilled spirits has investors ready to pump millions of dollars into new distilleries that can capitalize on Tennessee's reputation for moonshining and creating whiskey.

Several entrepreneurs are interested in opening legal distilleries in East Tennessee counties, according to Nashville developer Jim Massey, who plans to open a distillery in Nashville and possibly start a side business helping other distillers with the startup process. ...

Prior to the law, production of distilled spirits was only legal in Moore, Coffee and Lincoln counties where distillers Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, George Dickel Whisky and Prichards' Rum operate. Under the new law, about 44 counties are now eligible for distilleries.

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