The Tour

As the first state to pass a Prohibition law, Tennessee’s distilleries in the hills and hollers basically owned the market from 1838 until 1933, when the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution was finally passed and ratified. Pa risked his life to buy it and Ma snuck it in her coffee (for medicinal purposes, of course). After more than 80 years of Post-Prohibition freedom, join us for a journey back in time – heck, some of these counties are still dry – and sample the finest old and new batch recipes in the nation.

 

The Itinerary

Departure: 11:00 AM

Downtown Nashville at the Omni Hotel located at 250 5th Ave South.  You can’t miss our bus.

Return: 5:00 PM

The destinations on our Secret Sauce Tour are, well, secret just like many of the bootlegging operations dotting the rolling hills of rural Tennessee during our overly oppressive prohibition.  It lasted about 15 years than federal prohibition.

Our tour visits and tastes at three distilleries.  We rotate distilleries, but we’ll make sure you know where you’re going before you sign up for a tour. Some of our favorites include:

Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery

A family run distillery reopened after being dormant for nearly 100 years.  The Nelson brothers are on a mission to bring back the bustling whiskey business that was once bigger than Jack Daniel’s.

Corsair Distillery

The most innovative distillery in town, Corsair won Whiskey Advocate’s 19th Annual Artisan Whiskey of the Year Award with their Triple Smoke.  Ever tasted Quinoa Whiskey?  It a thing.

H Clark Distillery

One of Tennessee’s newest distilleries, this quaint operation 40 minutes south of Nashville is the first legal operation in Williamson County in a century.

Prichard’s Distillery

Tennessee Rum?  Yep, it’s a thing.  And a darn good one.  Mr. Prichard makes rums, whiskies (both the Tennessee Whisky and Bourbon), shines, and liqueurs among other things.  They’ve been legally distilling since 1997.

Short Mountain

It’s rumored that this Woodbury farm’s cave spring was once used to supply Capone’s moonshine inventory.

George Dickel

Where they serve “whisky” sans the “e”.

 

 

 

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FAQ'S

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What’s the value in paying for a tour?

You’ll have a designated driver while you get to relax and enjoy the scenery of the rolling hills of Tennessee. You won’t get lost, you’ll get to mingle and make friends with fellow tour companions, and carpooling is environmentally friendly.

Can we drink alcoholic beverages on the bus?

Yes, it is permissible on the bus, but never outside of the vehicle. In Tennessee, you must be 21 to legally imbibe (on the bus and off). But don’t over-serve yourself, or you might be hitchhiking back to Nashville.

Do you sell booze on the bus?

Negative. That is illegal, but a rolling liquor store isn’t a half bad idea. You’ll be able to purchase your favorites at the distilleries.

What about water?

Hydration is important, so we’ll have complimentary water on the bus — not the charcoal mellowed kind.

Minimum/maximum participants per tour?

We can have up to as many friend as you have or as few as dozen passengers. If you feel like spending some cash, we’ll even take two folks. Just let us know, and we’ll see what we can do.

Where do we eat for lunch?

Usually, we have prearranged eating spots like a good BBQ joint or perhaps some hot chicken. In some cases, you will be free to explore a stopping point and fend for yourself or you can pack a lunch and we’ll gladly store it for you on the bus. Bottom line: everyone gets to eat.

Should we tip the tour guides?

That’s up to you. If the guides do a good job then sure. If not, then no.

How far in advance should we book a tour?

If you’re interested, you should book quickly. Tours do fill up far in advance.

How long are the tours?

Most last 6-7 hours. It’s kinda like a workday…only you’re not working. We can do shorter, we can do longer.

Is the bus a big yellow school bus?

“The wheels on the bus go ’round and ’round”…nope. It’s a nice, comfy, air-conditioned, non-smelly bus. You will approve.

Do you offer private tours?

Absolutely! Office field trips. Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties, Birthdays. Check out our Private Whiskey Adventures for more information and booking.

I don’t like whiskey. Should I still book a tour?

Yes, because it’s fun and educational! If you hate fun and learning new things, then maybe not. We won’t try to convert you to a whiskey aficionado. Ok, yes we will, but we won’t be pushy. Some of these distilleries even have gin, vodkas, and other interesting spirits.

How much do tours cost?

Depends on the tour. Custom pricing is also available for private tours.

Is there a refund policy?

Tickets are non-refundable. However, they are transferable should someone not be able to make the tour. Should mechanical failures or other unforeseen circumstances disrupt or shorten the tour ticket cost will be refunded accordingly. Did you miss the bus? Don’t expect a refund.

Can I bring my kids?

Sorry. This is an adults-only excursion.

Is your bus handicap accessible?

The bus is not handicap accessible nor are most of the distilleries. However, with appropriate notice, we will (and are legally obliged to) accommodate those with disabilities.