Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Short Mountain Distillers To Show and Tell at Kay Bob's Tomorrow

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Short Mountain head of production Josh Smotherman helps install a condenser at the distillery in Woodbury, Tenn.
  • Short Mountain head of production Josh Smotherman helps install a condenser at the distillery in Woodbury, Tenn.
The folks at Kay Bob's tell us they will have an interesting demo at tomorrow's Hillsboro Village Art Walk.

Short Mountain, a new (legal) Tennessee moonshine distillery, will be bringing over a demonstration still and a restored moonshine truck from the 1950s.

The guys behind Short Mountain will be on hand to talk about the craft of moonshine and recount the colorful days when the white spirit was illegal in the state.

(There's been a renaissance of craft distilling in Tennessee since laws were eased a couple years ago, "reviving a rich state heritage nearly destroyed by Prohibition," as my colleague Walker Duncan wrote in a recent cover story in The City Paper.)

Kay Bob's, the flatbread sandwich joint that has acquired quite a few fans since it opened last year, doesn't have a liquor license, but you can stroll over to nearby Jackson's Bar & Bistro to taste Short Mountain's wares.

The event is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at Kay Bob's, 1602 21st Ave. S. in Hillsboro Village. Check out the full release after the jump.

Kay Bob’s to Host a Tennessee 'Moonshiner' and His Still during the April 5th, Hillsboro Village Art Walk

Kay Bob’s Flat Bread Sandwiches and Short Mountain Distillery of Woodbury, Tennessee are partnering to bring an historic piece of Middle Tennessee to the Hillsboro Village Art Walk this Thursday.

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From 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Kay Bob's (1602 21st Ave. S), one of Short Mountain Distillery’s “moonshiners” will set up a demonstration still and be on hand to discuss the production of moonshine and to share his tales and adventures from the days when the production of “white lightning” was illegal in Tennessee.

Nashville, TN – (April 2, 2012) A new chapter recently began in the story of Tennessee’s whiskey making heritage when three living legends of moonshine making signed a deal with Short Mountain Distillery.

Jimmy Simpson, Ricky Estes and Ronald Lawson all grew up in Cannon County around Short Mountain where some families on hard times relied on illicit moonshine to make ends meet. It’s a story of struggle, honor, and perseverance, and it’s the story of America.

They will be sharing their knowledge of moonshine during the Hillsboro Village Art Walk on Thursday, April 5th. On hand, will be a demonstration still, as well as a restored 1951 “moonshine truck.” Plenty of hay bales will be available at Kay Bob’s for those who would like to take a seat and learn how moonshine is produced.

Since Kay Bob’s does not have a liquor license, Jackson’s Bistro is also partnering with the event to make samples of Short Mountain moonshine available to those who wish to try it.

Blues band Kevin Balls & the Busters will also provide live music.

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