Prichard’s opens distillery at Fontanel

Nashville, TN (June 16, 2014) – Prichard’s Distillery, the first craft distiller founded in Tennessee in the past 50 years, will celebrate the grand opening of their second distillery on Wednesday, June 18 at Fontanel in Nashville. Prichard’s will host visitors at a log cabin converted to a tasting room and shop on the grounds of Fontanel, the former home of country music legend Barbara Mandrell, and now a museum, hospitality and entertainment destination that welcomes over 500,000 visitors each year. The new Prichard’s production facility is adjacent to the log cabin tasting center and includes a 400-gallon Alembic copper still custom-designed by Vendome Copper and Brassworks in the style of French cognac. It is the first still of its kind in Tennessee.

“Our new facility represents a significant expansion of our current distilling capacity and will allow us to keep pace with demand for our whiskies and rums,” states founder Phil Prichard. “Our Alembic still is an extraordinary piece of equipment made entirely to our specifications to enable us to experiment with a new line of small-batch brandies. It’s a dream come true to be based at the Fontanel Mansion, where visitors can discover so much of the true traditions of Tennessee.”

Established in 1997, Prichard’s is a family-owned business that has enjoyed continuous growth over the past ten years. Five generations ago in 1822, Granddaddy Benjamin Prichard of Davidson County, TN left his still, tubs, utensils and techniques of the craft to his son Enoch. When descendant Phil Prichard opened Prichard’s Distillery in Kelso, TN, he restored a lost art form and produces some of the finest tasting rums and Tennessee Whiskey in America.