This place produces some of the finest tasting rums and Tennessee whiskey in America!
Drive forty-five minutes north from Huntsville into Tennessee and you’ll find yourself in a tiny, rural community called Kelso. There’s not much there – just a few small churches, an even smaller post office, and a hidden gem called Prichard’s Distillery…
Which happens to produce some of the finest tasting rums and whiskeys in the country.
Phil Prichard founded Prichard’s Distillery back in 1997, making it the first legal distillery in Tennessee in almost fifty years. And making fine spirits had always been in the family.
Back in the early 1800s, Granddaddy Benjamin Prichard – known for making his whiskey out of white corn and Tennessee spring water – left his stills, tubs, and utensils to his son when he passed.
Five generations later, Phil decided to carry on the family legacy.
However, initially, the distillery’s main focus wasn’t on recreating Granddaddy Prichard’s white corn whiskey, but rather on crafting fine rum the way colonial Americans would have produced it over 200 years ago using locally grown sorghum molasses – an idea Phil got from his cousin.
Today, Prichard’s produces an award-winning selection of rums, whiskeys, and liqueurs that people all across America have grown to love.
The best part about visiting the distillery? The free tours and tastings!
That’s right, at no cost to you a guide will give you a personal tour through the old Kelso schoolhouse and walk you through every step of the process. From the warehouse to the stills, you’ll get an inside look at what it takes to craft every product at Prichard’s.
From there, you’ll be able to taste a wide selection of rums and whiskeys and have the opportunity to purchase your favorite on the spot. If you’re someone who loves traveling to local breweries and distilleries, Prichard’s is a must on your list. You’ll enjoy the scenic drive up, and it’s a great place for a little weekend getaway.