Gate 11 Distillery is located within Chattanooga’s historic Terminal railroad station known more recently as the Choo Choo. The distillery is located between one of the original station ticket windows and Track 11 where the iconic Chattanooga Choo Choo engine resides.
Built in 1909, this massive Beaux Arts structure has become an internationally recognized symbol of the historic rail heritage of Chattanooga. Saved from demolition by a group of local investors in the early 1970s, the Choo Choo complex is currently undergoing yet another reinvention with the addition of exciting new entertainment, dining and retail offerings!
Gate 11 indoor and outdoor cocktail bars and patio look out upon the iconic Choo Choo engine and the Glenn Miller Gardens. Located 400 feet away at the north end of the Choo Choo complex is the Gate 11 Whiskey Boxcar where we age (and occasionally sample and taste) our whiskey spirits.
Distillery Retail Hours
Mon – Wed – 11 am to 3 pm
Thur – 11 am to 9 pm
Fri – Sat – 11 am to 10 pm
Sun – 11 am to 2 pm
Cocktail Bar Hours
We are serving cocktails again – at properly spaced tables at our outdoor patio space and to-go in the Choo Choo Gardens!
Thurs – 3 pm to 9 pm
Fri – Sat – 11 am to 10 pm
Sun – 11 am to 2 pm
1400 Market St., STE 108
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 825-4283 (GATE)
Gate 11 Distillery is proud to distill and bottle its own vodka, gin, rum, whiskey and other products.
Gate 11 will continue to develop and launch many additional new products in the coming years. We also plan to offer interested parties the opportunity to make their own customs whiskies and gins!
Honoring the long tradition of innovation and industry in Chattanooga, Gate 11 distillers use the finest sourced raw materials and ingredients to produce a wide range of high quality distilled spirits products.
Gate 11 distills, barrel ages and bottles its own Tennessee, Bourbon, Rye and Malt whiskies. We barrel age our whiskies in our own Whiskey Boxcar located adjacent to our distillery within the Chattanooga Choo Choo complex.
Because our own whiskies will take time to create, we are currently offering two quality rye whiskies at our bar – a 2 Year Old Kentucky rye which features a mash bill containing corn and barley and a 5 Year Old high rye whiskey. These products are only available at our distillery and bar.
Enjoy these fine spirits as we work to create our own whiskies!
Gate 11 Vodka was awarded a Silver Medal at the 2020 Judging of American Craft Spirits with tasting notes that included: “creamy and well balanced”; “elegant aroma” and “pack leader for a flight”.
Gate 11 distills and bottles its own vodka products. Starting with a corn-based spirits from farmer-owned mid-western distilleries, Gate 11 distillers refine our vodkas through a custom-built column distillation system here it received intensive contact with copper. We then filter our vodka through a blend of activated carbons to create a very smooth vodka product.
Gate 11 Dry Gin was awarded a Bronze Medal at the 2020 Judging of American Craft Spirits with tasting notes that included: “perfumed, elegant, complex and layered” and “bright green flavors that fade to anise”.
Gate 11 distillers select and source the finest botanical ingredients from local sources and from around the world to produce our gin products. We infuse our botanicals in our neutral spirits for anywhere from 12 to 24 hours and then distill the blend to capture the botanical essences. Our blend mixture includes juniper berries in addition to eight other botanicals. We have chosen to feature Orris Root as well representative of the Tennessee State Flower, the Iris.
Gate 11 Rum was awarded a Bronze Medal at the 2020 Judging of American Craft Spirits with tasting notes that included: “softly sweet”; “bright, pleasant and fruity” and “nice spice and aromatics”.
Starting with cane sugar molasses we apply fermentation, distillation and barrel aging processes to create a delicious rum spirit that evokes visions of the Caribbean and South Pacific.
Gate 11 Rum – Perfect for blending into your favorite cocktail or for savoring alone. Chart your own adventure and sail away!
Gate 11 offers several educational and personalized experiences for spirits lovers. Please email us at email@example.com or call us at (423) 825-GATE for more information.
We offer tours of our distillery space Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm. Tours cost $12 per person and includes a tasting of spirits. Regular tours are limited to groups of six at a time. Special tours for larger groups can be arranged by contacting the distillery. Bottles of our spirits and other merchandise are available for purchase after the tour.
Boxcar Whiskey Experience
The Boxcar Whiskey Experience provides a unique opportunity for you to participate in the process of making whiskey from grain to bottle. Starting in early 2020, Gate 11 will announce campaign schedules for different types of whiskies and invite enrollment from whiskey fans and interested customers. Whiskeys will include Bourbon, Single Malt and Rye. Minimum enrollment will be for a single 12-bottle case of whiskey and projected pricing is $500 per case or roughly $45 per bottle. Your whiskey will include a custom label with your name.
You will have the opportunity to experience and actually participate in the entire whiskey production process including: mashing, fermenting, distilling and barreling. Your whiskey will be aged on site in our unique Whiskey Boxcar for a period of 2 to 3 years. The program includes a complementary tour and tasting at the Gate 11 Distillery and Boxcar barrelhouse for you and three of your guests. At the mid-point of barrel ageing (about 12 to 16 months), you will receive a 100 ml Early Release bottle of your whiskey. You and three guests will also be invited to a private Grand Release Party event at Gate 11 where we will celebrate the release of the full aged whiskey. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Private Barrel Club
Also starting in early 2020 – Gate 11 offers the Private Barrel Club. The program is for groups of 1 to 9 who wish to define and produce their own signature barrel of whiskey. Participants will receive a private Whiskey 101 seminar at Gate 11 Distillery hosted by Founder and Head Distiller Bill Lee. This seminar will cover the history of whiskey production, the different types of whiskey and the processes used to produce them. Gate 11 will then work with the participants to select the type of whiskey and build a production plan. Options will include Bourbon, Single Malt, Rye, Tennessee or anything you can conceive of that meets identity standards for whiskey. Participants will also be able to chose barrel types, barrel char levels and specify the complete barrel ageing program.
This program offers the same processing participation, complementary tour and tasting and private Grand Release Party features as the Boxcar Whiskey Experience. In additions, you will get: a private evening tasting session at the ageing mid-point on the Gate 11 Boxcar for you and a guest along with an early release 750 ml bottle, a complete custom label for your whiskey masterpiece, your empty custom stenciled barrel(s) after bottling and a plaque on the Private Barrel Club wall in the Gate 11 Distillery. For more information, email email@example.com.
Gate 11 Distillery offers a unique event space for wedding receptions, birthday parties, reunions, luncheons and business meetings. Our venue includes indoor and outdoor cocktail bars, an outdoor under roof patio space, a performance stage with house sound system and seating for up to parties up to 75. A wide range of catered food options can help make your special event exceptional. Call (423) 762-4763 for details and to reserve your date.
LIVE MUSIC on the GATE 11 PATIO!
Gate 11 enthusiastically supports the growing Chattanooga music scene as a performance venue with live music and other types of entertainments offered regularly. Check out our Facebook page for more details regarding these upcoming events. All performances are outside under roof at spaciously distanced tables on the Gate 11 Patio.
Oct 15 – Casey Smith – 6 to 8 pm
Oct 16 – Lon Eldridge – 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Oct 17 – Jason Lyles – 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Oct 22 – TBA
Oct 23 – Jake Webb
Oct 24 – Emily Kate Boyd
Bill Lee – Founder and Distiller
Bill has deep roots in the Chattanooga area. He is a descendant of a TVA engineer, a Soddy Daisy miner and several generations of Sequatchie Valley farmers. Lee had a successful career in agricultural processing and alcohol production in the Midwest where he developed the spirits for Prairie Organic Vodka and the now legendary Shakers American Vodka. Now this chemical engineer has returned home to pursue his passion, building a remarkable craft distillery in Chattanooga.
Wanda Lee – Business Manager
Wanda has a background in education and theatre. At Gate 11, Wanda manages retail, financial, procurement and logistics issues. As our resident Gin Mistress, she formulated the specific botanical blend for Gate 11 Dry Gin and will play a key role in our Gin Class program.
Whitney Belden – Distiller
Whitney brings a unique background that includes chemical analysis, food and industrial quality assurance and regulatory compliance. At Gate 11, she is involved in all distillation processing with primary responsibility for our botanical distillations. Whitney also helps facilitate on-site and off-site events.
Gate 11 Spirits are crafted with mastery and care to bring a complete and unique experience that only Gate 11 Distillery can provide.