(c)2013 NPT PHOTOS BY KATIE PITTSER
Several workers spent the day Thursday moving equipment into the new facility
that will house the Popcorn Sutton Distillery. The piece of equipment pictured is
a 5,000-gallon mash cooker, which will be plumbed and wired to several
10,000-gallon fermenters, several copper condensers, and three pot stills.
|Published: 9:28 AM, 05/02/2013
||Last updated: 9:28 AM, 05/02/2013
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton's legacy can
now continue to thrive in Cocke County with the opening of Popcorn Sutton
Distilling, located on Highway 25/70 West in Newport.
Thursday was "move-in day" for the distillery,
according to Jamey Grosser, Master Distiller and a partner with Pam Sutton,
Popcorn's wife, and country music singer Hank Williams, Jr.
"This distillery actually started in Nashville, but
we have worked for a year to get it back to Cocke County where it
belongs," said Grosser. "I was fortunate enough to form a close
friendship with Popcorn year ago. He, for whatever reason, took me in as an
apprentice and showed me his way of making moonshine. He gave me his recipe and
taught me the art of distilling white whiskey."
Grosser said that he and Sutton formed the partnership
for this company before his untimely death in 2009. According to Grosser, the
fermenters, the pots, and everything needed to distill whiskey were designed by
"He designed everything," said Grosser.
"We laid all of this out during the same time he was facing federal
charges. We are now making his dream a reality."
For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the
Newport Plain Talk.
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