We recently made our second stop on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. Our first stop was at George Dickel. This time we headed to Short Mountain Distillery in Woodbury, Tennessee. About an hour East-Southeast of Nashville, Short Mountain Distillery has just about everything you could want in a distillery, a gorgeous setting, a great restaurant, an informative tour, and some of the best moonshine I’ve ever tasted. This post may contain affiliate links.
Short Mountain Distillery
Located in beautiful Cannon County, Short Mountain Distillery carries on the rich tradition of making some of the finest moonshine in the country. Cannon County was once home to 18 legal distilleries, but they were forced out of business by prohibition. That didn’t stop great moonshine from coming out of the area though. Some folks continued the tradition of making shine for many years outside of the law. It is these very people who helped to shape Short Mountain Distillery. When the distillery got started, it partnered with local moonshiners to ensure the product they were making was 100% authentic. The commitment to good moonshine is just part of what sets Short Mountain Distillery apart from the pack. They work to minimize waste, recycle everything, and use organic production methods wherever possible.
We got to Short Mountain Distillery just in time for lunch at the Cafe. We ate on the deck overlooking the Distillery and the gorgeous hills of the farm. The setting was incredible. I had the Stillhouse Burger, a 6 oz mash-fed butter burger with a honey mustard with lettuce tomato, and pickles on a brioche bun and my wife had the BLT and washed it down with a Rosemary Lemonade. Both plates were great, we plan on returning soon to try some more of the menu. Not only was the food good, the service was great too. There were a few families there that were evacuating from the recent hurricane in Florida and they had their children with them. The servers and staff went out of their way to make the visit special for the kids as well as the adults. One of the servers even put on an impromptu juggling show!
I’ve been on quite a few distillery tours. The tour at Short Mountain Distillery has been one of my favorites. Normally on these kinds of tours, everyone meets up with the guide, and they walk you all over the place pausing briefly to explain how something works and allow you to ask questions. Short Mountain is a smaller distillery, and their tour seemed much more intimate. We met our guide, Jeff, in front of the still house, and grabbed a seat in one of the many rocking chairs on the front porch. We sat and listened while he told the story of how Short Mountain Distillery started and grew out of Little Short Mountain Farm.
After a relaxing session on the front porch, we moved into the section of the distillery where they have built a working still following the recommendations of old time moonshiners in the area. This still is built to be an accurate representation of the type of still that would be used in the area. Jeff explained the process of making shine to us in that room before we headed into the larger volume section of the distillery to see how they scale the manufacturing process up.
I love the history, the processes, and the people you learn about on distillery tours, but my favorite part is trying the product. I mean that is why they are in business. After the tour we returned to the cafe to taste some of the Moonshine that they are making at the farm. They have a great selection and you are bound to find something you like.
A favorite for many, Apple Pie an un-aged 40 proof “apple pie” flavored Tennessee Moonshine using an all corn grain bill. This is a smooth sweet shine, and I can see why people like it so much.
Prohibition Tea has an interesting taste. It is an un-aged 60 proof cocktail made with moonshine, black tea, peach juice and sweetened with local sorghum. It goes down smooth and tastes great.
Tennessee Moonshine is an un-aged 105 proof authentic sour mash Tennessee Moonshine using a grain bill of 30% grain and 70% cane sugar. At 105 proof you would expect it to be difficult to drink, but I found it quite smooth.
Short Mountain Distillery’s Organic Moonshine is an unaged, 100 proof Tennessee Moonshine with a grain bill 100% organic corn. I really enjoyed the flavor of this shine, and the effort that goes into making a 100% organic spirit.
Shiner’s Select was my favorite. This 100 proof shine is made from a historically accurate recipe by the same moonshiners who used to make it outside of the law. It has a grain bill of 70% cane and 30% grain and goes down like water. At 100 proof, it is deceptively smooth.
Friday Night 6pm-10pm
(Keep an eye on Short Mountain’s Facebook Page for information about live music there too!)
8280 Short Mountain Road
Woodbury, TN 37190
For a smaller operation Short Mountain Distillery has an incredible amount to offer. The food at the cafe was tasty and affordable, the tour was informative and only 10$ per person, and the setting was beautiful. We didn’t get to participate in the Cocktail Class this visit due to time constraints, but we will for sure next time we visit!