Moonshine distillery may be coming to Dandridge

Moonshine distillery may be coming to Dandridge

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Miller says his distillery will be called Bootleggers Distillery. He has already put photos of what their bottles will look like on Facebook. (source: Facebook) Miller says his distillery will be called Bootleggers Distillery. He has already put photos of what their bottles will look like on Facebook. (source: Facebook)
"My vision would be doing a small micro-distillery, hopefully downtown, in the downtown setting," Darrell Miller said. "My vision would be doing a small micro-distillery, hopefully downtown, in the downtown setting," Darrell Miller said.
The town's planning commission would have to approve a downtown location, which they started looking into long before they got Miller's letter. The town's planning commission would have to approve a downtown location, which they started looking into long before they got Miller's letter.
"Our planning commission, over the past several months, have been working on some legislation that would require the permitting of the distillery if one was going to be located in Dandridge," said Dandridge mayor George Gantte. "Our planning commission, over the past several months, have been working on some legislation that would require the permitting of the distillery if one was going to be located in Dandridge," said Dandridge mayor George Gantte.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

DANDRIDGE (WATE) - A new moonshine distillery may soon be coming to Jefferson County.

Darrell Miller, who has proposed the distillery, wants to locate it in Dandridge.

Miller sent a letter of intent to the town's mayor about building a distillery in Dandridge two weeks ago.

Since a distillery has never been located in Dandridge, the town's planning commission will now have figure out exactly where it can go.

Miller says his distillery will be called Bootleggers Distillery. He has already put photos of what their bottles will look like on Facebook.

"I grew up in Dandridge," said Miller, "Family heritage back on my mother's side. They've been distillers all the way back up to Scotland that we can trace. It's a long line of heritage and I would rather keep it in my hometown."    

Miller already knows exactly where he wants to put it.

"My vision would be doing a small micro-distillery, hopefully downtown, in the downtown setting," he said.     

The town's planning commission would have to approve a downtown location, which they started looking into long before they got Miller's letter.

"Our planning commission, over the past several months, have been working on some legislation that would require the permitting of the distillery if one was going to be located in Dandridge," said Dandridge mayor George Gantte.

Dandridge is known to be very conservative, and Miller understands there might be mixed reactions to a distillery coming to the town.

"I know we are in the Bible Belt," said Gantte. "A lot of people would be concerned over the religious aspects of it. Also as a mayor, you're looking at possibility to generate revenue for the town."    

Everyone 6 News spoke to in town is in favor of the distillery coming.

"I see no problem with that because I'm originally from West Virginia," said Dandridge resident Catherine Mounts. "The Hatfields and McCoys, they did the same thing and it helped the economy."

"I think it's a big plus in every way, from revenue and people who will come and see our town," said Dandridge business owner Jean Riggs. "It will certainly be good for all the businesses."

Miller says he has a goal, if everything works out with the town, to open up a distillery in Dandridge in the next six to nine months.     

He says his moonshine will taste very different from others here in East Tennessee. He says he has a family recipe.

"It was handed down generation to generation," said Miller.

The Dandridge planning commission will meet Dec. 5 to make a final decision on exactly where Miller's distillery can be located.

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