Newest Tennessee whiskey on target for 2012

CHATTANOOGA, TN -- 1816 is a very important date in local history. Of course, you'll have to wait until 2012 to try the whiskey bearing its name.

1816 is the name of the first whiskey produced by the new Chattanooga Whiskey Company, founded by partners Joe Ledbetter and Tim Piersant.

It signifies the year John Ross established a trading post, warehouse and swing ferry on the Tennessee River, the start of what would grow to become Chattanooga,

The whiskey will be available in early 2012 in Chattanooga, Nashville and Knoxville, TN, and in Washington, DC, at local bars, restaurants and spirits stores, Ledbetter said.

Beore Prohibition, there were about 40 distilleries in the Chattanooga area. The partners hope ultimately to be able to distill their whiskey in the city, but that would be illegal under current law. In the meantime, they will continue producing it in nearby Marion or Sequatchie counties.

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