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Popcorn Sutton's legacy to live on in Cocke County with new distillery


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 Sutton.

"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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