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July 21, 2017

Our friends at WATE Knoxville stopped by to see what kind of "Whiskey Business" we are up to. See what Ryan had to say!


July 21, 2017

Miranda, our Master Distiller, is ahead of the game when it comes to crafting spirits. See what she had to say in her interview with Knoxville News Sentinel!


September 15, 2016

Coming up soon is the Knoxville Botanical Gardens' annual fundraiser. We're happy to help sponsor this event and hope to see you there! Click for Ticketing Info!

September 15, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The awards continue to roll in for local distillery, Knox Whiskey Works. Over the last month the small batch, craft distillery located at 516 W Jackson Ave, has won five medals from the American Distilling Institute and the American Craft Distilling Association.

More at TNVacation.com!  

March 12, 2016

What is Collaboration?


"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

-Helen Keller



Knox Whiskey Works is founded upon the principal of collaboration. Working together, eleven like minded and passionate people founded Knoxville, Tennessee's first legal distillery of the modern era. From our collaboration with Riverplains Farm and Valentine Mills for our Old City Heirloom Corn Whiskey, we have learned the value of working with our fellow artisans, craftspeople and farmers. With the concept of collaboration in mind, we developed one of the best selling spirits in our tasting room: Cold City Old Brew Coffee Liqueur!


The notion to make a coffee liqueur came early in our process of establishing the distillery. Our desire was to craft a coffee liqueur unlike anything currently on the market. However, as a whole we lacked the refined knowledge of coffee and coffee brewing to yield a high quality spirit. While we knew quite a bit about making spirits, coffee was something entirely di...



Ever wondered how to make gin, the ins and outs of using botanicals? How basic distillation works? Want to start your own distillery or need a cool gift for someone? Then come join us during #Ginuary at one of our gin workshops!


We'll discuss what gin is, the history of gin, different types of gins, how distillation works but more importantly we'll distill our Jackson Ave Gin during class in our 50 gallon still and in our one liter laboratory still! You'll see how gin distillation works on a craft level and on a nano-scale.


You'll be able to taste the gin as it comes off the still to understand how the flavors change during distillation, you'll sample different types of gins from Genever to London Dry to Modern American to see how expansive gin can be. We'll even send you home with a batch of your own Jackson Ave Gin botanicals to use however you want.


FYI: Sorry but distilling without a license is illegal!


So come join us Saturday, Ginuary 23rd or 30th at 11am. C...

January 3, 2016

"Gin is a summer spirit."

       -some person 


I have heard this supposed wise adage for years and years, and perhaps it's my contrarian nature or just the fact that I love gin and gin cocktails so much, but I have NEVER paid particularly close attention to this advice. For goodness sakes one of my favorite gin drinks is the Alaska Cocktail, and I don't necessarily think summer paradise when I think of Alaska...actually, I think of Johnny Horton, Sam, huskies and finding Big Nuggets of gold!


So, to honor my contrarian nature, Let's Celebrate Gin in January! It's time for #GINUARY folks. It's time to throw caution to the wind, grab your favorite bottle of gin and get down to enjoying juniper and the cooler weather. Stay tuned this month as we will be announcing several drink recipes, cool weather mixers and recipes, events, tastings, happenings and general schenanigans related to that ephemeral spirit: GIN! 


One of the first ways I differentiate seasonality in my cocktails...

August 28, 2015


 All Photos: Bill Foster


Knox Whiskey Works, downtown Knoxville’s first distillery of the modern era, is pleased to announce that it has hired head distiller and Air Force veteran Ryan Catlett. Ryan will lead all production functions at the bushel to bottle, small batch distillery located at 516 West Jackson Avenue including grain sourcing, fermentation, distillation, barrel maturation and bottling. “The opportunity to add a talented and experienced distiller to our team at Knox Whiskey Works was too much to pass up. We are excited to announce that Ryan will be leading our distilling efforts in Knoxville,” said Knox Whiskey Works manager Stanton Webster.



Upon graduation from Oak Ridge High School, Catlett served in the Air Force with a focus on fluid dynamics. After completing his service to our country, Ryan turned his lifelong musical hobby into a profession and earned a degree in the recording arts. From Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado to the Heart of Music City in Nash...

 (The beautiful Jennings Hollow Farm in Monticello, Kentucky. Visit their booth Saturdays at Market Square Farmers Market in Knoxville, TN)


This weekend the Knox Whiskey Works Team loaded up in our

Nocino Machino and headed to Kentucky to visit our friends at Jennings Hollow Farm.

Chase, and family, at Jennings Hollow Farm operate a truly beautiful working farm near Monticello, Kentucky and make the trek to Knoxville every Saturday for the Market Square Farmer's Market. Shameless plug, I buy my eggs every week from Chase and they are OUTSTANDING. Jennings Hollow Farm sets up each Saturday about half way down Market Street from Market Square and they offer a wide variety of beautiful farm products for sale. However, this weekend we had a specific mission: begin celebrating San Giovanni Day and harvesting green walnuts so we can make Nocino this fall. Nocino is a delicious walnut liqueur most notably produced in and around Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, but can be foun...

Making cocktails at home does not have to be an expensive or time consuming task. The object of mixing and consuming drinks should be to maximize entertainment and minimize stress and discomfort...otherwise, what's the point?!?! To this end stocking a few (or many if that's your thing) important pieces of bar equipment will make your life easier and speed along the process of making cocktails. Choosing the right equipment for your bar starts with knowing what drinks you and yours enjoy (does this sound familiar?). Sure, we would all love a thousand dollars of Absinthiana, but if you never drink Absinthe, then do you really need a grille, Les Cuilleres or Brouilleur? So start simple, be creative and adaptive (that's just great advice for life, too) and add tools and equipment of quality construction that will last. 






Gadgets are REALLY FUN! And some of them can actually be useful. However, as with many other times in your life, improvisation can bridge any gaps in your home bar...

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