Former Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Co-founds Company Distilling

Company Distilling is set to open in the fall of 2021 in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. This new distillery venture includes former Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett among the founding team.

“For years now, we’ve had this spirit in the back of our minds,” says Arnett. “It’s straight bourbon whiskey finished with maple wood to produce a sip like no other. It’s hard to believe it’s finally real. And it’s better than we ever imagined.”

A mixed-use, family-friendly facility in Springbrook Farm — a master-planned “city center” in Alcoa — will serve as the primary distillery, and the location for the spirit’s main manufacturing. The 20,000-square-foot refurbished building with a mountain-inspired theme will include a tasting room, restaurant, brewery and retail store.

Former Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett has co-founded Company Distillery.

Also, this site will feature outdoor activities and entertainment on the property’s 31 acres. This includes a live music venue, corn hole, pickle ball courts, bonfire pits and open access to greenway trails. The Springbrook Farm location is slated to open in 2022.

The first Company Distilling location to open will be a 4,000-square-foot tasting room and restaurant in Townsend, TN — the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This 13.5-acre property will have a tasting room, plus access to cycling, running and nearby mountain biking and hiking trails.

The distillery also has future plans to expand its footprint into Middle Tennessee in 2022 with a tasting room, retail store and tours located in Thompson’s Station.


Founders include Arnett; Kris Tatum, former president of the Tennessee Distillers Guild; Corey Clayton, a construction management professional; Heath Clark, founder of H. Clark Distillery; and Clayton Homes CEO Kevin Clayton.

“It’s this collaboration between friends seeking to produce a spirit worth gathering over that sparked the Company Distilling name,” says President Tatum. “Not only will the whiskey be best when enjoyed among good company, but the distillery’s property provides ample opportunities for gathering and outdoor fun.”


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