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.
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.
Starting in April 2021, we offer tours of our distillery on Fridays at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Call (423) 762-4763 to guarantee a spot or just drop in.
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 indoors with reduced seating and masks required unless seated. We are also serving outside at our cocktail bar and on our spacious covered patio. You can wander acround the Choo Choo gardens since the entire area is Open Container.
Mon – Wed: 1 pm to 8pm
Thurs: 1 pm to 10 pm
Fri – Sat: 11am to 11pm
Sun: 1 pm to 7 pm