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HISTORY

  • Jun
      10, 1785
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    June 10, 1785 - Treaty of Dumplin Creek

    Treaty of Dumplin Creek is signed. With the last treaty of the State of Franklin, the Great Cherokee Nation ceded the territory now known as East Tennessee, allowing the hardworking settlers to make a living the only way they knew how––off the land.Through exhausting days, often punishing conditions, and with faith and strong spirit, these ancestors taught that things that must be done, are worth doing well. It is a lesson that Old Tennessee Distilling Company instills in each moonshine, vodka and gin that bears the Dumplin Creek name.

  • Late
      1700s

    Late 1700s - The Tail of the Dragon

    The Deal family opened a small outpost/store near the North Carolina/Tennessee state line. Known as Deal’s Gap, this mountain pass stretch of road eventually became US 129, but is best known as the Tail of the Dragon. With 318 curves in 11 miles, Tail of the Dragon is considered by many as one of the world’s best motorcycling and sports car roads. Old Tennessee Distilling Company’s Tail of the Dragon Tequilas offer the same “Grab Life by the Tail” thrills as its namesake.

  • 1826
       

    1826 - American Temperance Society Founded

    Marcus Morton founded the American Temperance Society in Massachusetts to advocate total abstinence from the use of distilled spirits. Three years later, the first Tennessee temperance societies met in Kingsport and Nashville.

  • Jan
      26, 1838

    January 26, 1838 - First Prohibition Law

    The first Prohibition law in the history of the United States is passed in Tennessee, making it a misdemeanor to sell alcoholic beverages in taverns and stores. The bill stated that all persons convicted of retailing “spirituous liquors” would be fined at the “discretion of the court” and that the fines would be used in support of public schools.

  • Oct
      14, 1844

    October 14, 1844 - Birth of Cal Johnson

    Birth of Caldonia Fackler Johnson. Born into slavery, Cal Johnson became a prominent Knoxville racetrack and saloon owner. By the time of his death, he was one of the wealthiest African-Americans in the state. Old Tennessee Distilling Company’s Black Mountain Rum and Black Mountain Spiced Rum were created to honor his legacy and contributions.

  • 1866
       

    1866 - Jack Daniel’s Distillery Founded

    The Jack Daniel Distillery is officially established, making it the first registered distillery in the U.S.

  • 1877
       

    1877 - Sale of Alcohol Forbidden

    Tennessee state legislature enacted a law forbidding the sale of alcohol within four miles of chartered rural schools.

  • 1887
       

    1887 - Four-Mile Law Amended

    The state legislature amended the Four-Mile Law to prohibit the sale of intoxicating liquors within four miles of any country school, virtually banning the liquor business in rural Tennessee.

  • 1903
       

    1903 - The Adams Bill Extended

    The Adams Bill extended the restrictions of four miles to all towns of 5,000 population or less. Many towns immediately moved to recharter in order to eliminate liquor, and in most towns where the issue was put to a vote, the results created prohibition. Lynchburg voted wet, thanks to the influence of distiller Jack Daniel. By the middle of 1903, all towns of less than 5,000 population except six had voted dry. The nine larger cities remained wet, for a total of fifteen wet municipalities in eleven counties.

  • 1907
       

    1907 - The Pendleton Act

    The Pendleton Act of 1907 extended the Four-Mile Law to the larger cities, and by the end of the year only Memphis, Chattanooga, Nashville, and LaFollette were wet.

  • 1917
       

    1917 - The “Bone-Dry Bill” Passed

    The “bone-dry bill” of Governor Thomas C. Rye completed the prohibitionist campaign in Tennessee. This legislation made illegal the receipt or possession of liquor and prohibited the transportation of liquor into or out of the state.

  • 1920
       
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    1920 - 18th Amendment to the Constitution Enacted

    18th Amendment to the US Constitution enacted, calling for the banning of the manufacture, sale, or transportation of alcoholic beverages. While Prohibition was expected to help the American economy and citizens, it soon backfired. Jobs and businesses were lost, restaurants and theaters lost revenue and the government lost $11 billion in excise tax revenue. Crime rates increased and an average of 1,000 Americans died each year during Prohibition due to poisons from poor alcohol manufacturing.

  • 1925
       

    1925 - Grand Ole Opry

    WSM’s “Grand Ole Opry” began broadcasting in Nashville.

  • 1932
       

    1932 - FDR Elected

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt is elected 32nd president of the United States. He ran with a platform that pledged to end Prohibition.

  • 1933
       

    1933 - Ike Costner Sent to Alcatraz

    Ike Costner, one of the largest moonshine distributors in East Tennessee, is on the first trainload of convicts sent to newly opened Alcatraz.

  • 1933
       

    1933 - Prohibition Ended

    Prohibition ended with the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed the Eighteenth Amendment, the first constitutional amendment ever repealed.

  • 1940
       

    1940 - Jack Daniel’s Reopens

    The Jack Daniel’s Distillery reopened.

  • 1945
       

    1945 - The Birth of Bluegrass

    The Opry became home to the “Birth of Bluegrass” when Earl Scruggs joined Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys on stage at the Ryman Auditorium.

  • 1952
       

    1952 - Sun Records Founded

    Sam Phillips started Sun Records in Memphis.

  • 1954
       

    1954 - Elvis Presley’s First Recording Released

    Sun Records released the first recording of a young Elvis Presley. Elvis, along with label mates Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, led the rise of rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll.

  • Apr
      1, 1954

    April 1, 1954 - Tweedle-O-Twill Dies

    Kentucky moonshiner, Tweedle-O-Twill, dies in a crash in Knoxville while evading federal lawmen, inspiring the Robert Mitchum movie, “Thunder Road.”

  • 1958
       

    1958 - “Thunder Road” Released

    “Thunder Road,” starring Robert Mitchum, is released.

  • 1997
       

    1997 - Pritchard’s Distillery Opened

    Pritchard’s Distillery opened Tennessee’s first craft distillery in Kelso, Tennessee.

  • 2009
       

    2009 - Popcorn Sutton Sentenced to 18 Months

    Local moonshine legend and author of autobiography, “Me and My Likker, Marvin ‘Popcorn’ Sutton,” is sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for illegal distilling of spirits and possession of a firearm as a felon. Sutton took his own life two days before he was supposed to report to prison.

  • 2009
       

    2009 - Tennessee Reforms Prohibition-era Laws

    Tennessee began reforming its Prohibition-era laws and eliminated many nearly insurmountable legal barriers to entry.

  • 2014
       

    2014 - Old Tennessee Distilling Company Opens

    Thunder Road Distillery, now Old Tennessee Distilling Co., opens in Kodak, Tennessee.

  • 2017
       

    2017 - The Tennessee Whiskey Trail Begins

    The Tennessee Whiskey Trail begins. Made up of approximately 30 distilleries across the state, this tour allows visitors to experience the history and tradition of Tennessee whiskey, rum, gin, vodka and moonshine.

  • Jan
      15, 2019

    January 15, 2019 - Old Tennessee Distilling Company

    Thunder Road Distillery becomes Old Tennessee Distilling Company, celebrating the culture, people, history and spirits of this great state. Specializing in farm to bottle spirits made from local ingenuity and produce, Old Tennessee Distilling Company master distillers use recipes handed down through the generations to create whiskey, moonshine, gin, vodka and bourbon that honors the name “Tennessee” on every label.

Tennessee Frost Moonshine

Our 100 proof traditional moonshine is made from heirloom corn we grow right here in East Tennessee, Tennessee. This is shine the way it’’s been made for hundreds of years.

100 PROOF / 50% ALC BY VOL.