When I emailed the guys at Corsair Artisan Distillery to ask if they had finalized a deal to occupy the Yazoo Tap Room at Marathon Village, it took them a while to respond. Corsair president Andrew Webber was at the state capitol for the signing of a bill that now allows Corsair to produce spirits in Tennessee, and owner Darek Bell was in Islay, Scotland, at the Bruichladdich Distilling Academy, of which he is now a graduate.
Webber and Bell ultimately confirmed that they are in the process of negotiating to take over the Yazoo Brewery space at the old Marathon Motorworks when Yazoo moves to the Gulch early next year.
A state bill passed two months ago allows Corsair to produce liquor in Tennessee, so the Nashville-domiciled company is in the process of establishing a second distillery here. The year-old Bowling Green, Ky., facility will continue producing Corsair's bourbon and malt whiskeys, while a Nashville plant will produce experimental and limited-release whiskeys, as well as unaged spirits such as gin, spiced rum, vanilla vodka and red absinthe.
A deal and move-in date have not been finalized with the Marathon property.