The Distillery

Some might say that words like “craft” and “artisan” have become overused marketing-speak, but what if they really are true?

Real craft in every pour, real artisan values and approach in every choice we make? So not only do we create our own unique mash bills, recipes, and processes — we even hand-built each of our three unique still systems.

For those of you who love engineering:

  • Our 4 Inch Column Still is used to distill neutral base spirits for Gate 11 Vodka and Gin. The continuous still system features copper packing with an exceptionally high surface area, giving the column over 40 equivalent stages of separation.
  • Our 12 Liter Glass Reflux Still is where many of our most special flavors are created. We use this still for botanical extracts like juniper, lemon verbena and orris root used in Gate 11 Gin. Using a different set of botanicals, we use this still for our absinthe distillations. And this still also shapes the flavor profile of some our rum components, through batch reflux distillation.
  • Our 475 Gallon Hybrid Reflux Pot Still is used for batch whiskey distillations. This still contains both bubble-cap tray sections as well as packed column sections. It is used both for stripping runs as well as final cuts runs for these spirits.

Distillery Tours

For those of you who just love high spirits, we invite you to come by our distillery for a tour, and to see these stills in all of their glory. You’ll also see our custom-built mashing and cooking system, capable of mixing and processing a wide range of grain and sugar feedstocks.

Gate 11 currently offers tours of our distillery at 1 pm and 2 pm on Mon-Thurs and at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm on Friday and Saturday.  We recommend that you call (423) 762-4763 to guarantee a  spot. We also accept tour walk-ins as space allows.  

Tours cost $14 per person and includes a tasting of our award-wining vodka, gin, rum, absinthe and whiskey. Regular tours are limited to groups of eight at a time. Special tours for larger groups can be arranged by contacting the number above. Bottles of our spirits, cocktails and other merchandise are available for purchase after the tour.

Distillery Retail Hours:

Mon – Wed: 11am to 8pm
Thur: 11am to 10:00pm
Fri – Sat: 11am to 11pm
Sun: 1pm to 7pm

Cocktail Bar Hours

We are serving cocktails at our indoor and outdoor cocktail bars overlooking the Chattanooga Choo Choo engine and our spacious covered patio. You take your cocktails with you as wander around the Choo Choo gardens since the entire area is Open Container.
Mon – Wed: 1 pm to 8 pm
Thurs: 1 pm to 10 pm
Fri – Sat: 11am to 11pm
Sun: 1 pm to 7 pm