By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Short Mountain still turning out shine
Apple Pie flavor introduced
still III w sm
Ricky Estes tends to an authentic 100-year-old moonshine still at Short Mountain Distillery Saturday. - photo by Photo by: Reed Vanderpool
Short Mountain Distillery, the first legal distillery in these parts since Prohibition, threw a party Saturday to celebrate the introduction of its new apple-pie flavored moonshine.Brothers Billy, David and Ben Kaufman, whose great-grandfather, Jesse Shwayder, founded The Samsonite Company in 1910, came here from California and farmed in Cannon County for about 10 years before getting the urge to go into the liquor business.After getting a referendum on the ballot to make production legal in Cannon again, Short Mountain Distillery became Tennessee’s sixth distillery, and the brothers began turning out 105-proof moonshine with a little help from a few area “professionals.”The plan was to turn out the traditional corn liquor your grandfather may have sipped.The Kaufmans sought out local talent in the form of Ricky Estes, Jimmy Simpson and Ronald Lawson, all life-long moonshiners who agreed to give up cooking mash illegally to come to work alongside Head Distiller Josh Smotherman at Short Mountain.The distillery is located on a 300-acre working organic farm.Some of the corn used in the finished product is raised and milled on the farm, while the water comes from natural springs located on the property.The launch party for the Apple Pie flavored mash featured the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, an exhibition of replica Dukes of Hazzard vehicles from Hazzard Life, tours and wagon rides, and tasting of the new product, which for some reason had a long line of prospective critics for the duration of the activities.Distillery and farm tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.The tour explains the step-by-step process of making moonshine, and interested parties can buy a bottle of the finished product at the conclusion.The distillery is located at 119 Mountain Spirits Lane, Woodbury, Tenn.For more information, visit or call (615) 216-0830.