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Distiller License

A distillery license allows a facility to manufacture or distill alcoholic spirituous beverages with an alcohol content of eight percent (8%) or greater by weight and to sell those beverages for consumption off premise. They can also offer samples of their manufactured product without cost or may include those samples as part of a tour of the premises with or without cost.

Anyone who wishes to distill alcoholic spirituous beverages for commercial purposes must be licensed as a manufacturer/distiller.

A Distillery License is valid for one calendar year and expires on December 31st.

You can apply for this license using RLPS.

Requirements

  • You must obtain a Federal Basic Permit from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (ttb.gov).
  • A distillery must be located in an area that meets the requirements of T.C.A. 57-2-103.
  • Any representative of a manufacturer must have a Distiller's Representative permit before soliciting orders from any wholesaler.
  • A licensed distillery can serve free samples of the product to anyone over twenty-one (21) as a part of a public tour of the manufacturer's or distillery's premises. The location where samples are given must be disclosed to the TABC.
  • A licensed distillery can sell its product at retail for consumption off premise to any person of legal drinking age limited to five gallons (5 gal.) or one sixth (1/6) of a barrel of its product to any one (1) individual per visit to the premises.
  • Retail sales at the distillery must occur between eight o'clock a.m. (8:00 a.m.) and eleven o'clock p.m. (11:00 p.m.) on Monday through Saturday and between the hours of twelve o'clock (12:00) noon and seven o'clock p.m. (7:00 p.m.) on Sunday.
  • Product sold at retail or given for samples must be obtained from a wholesaler.

Restrictions

  • Anyone who has ownership in, or participates in, either directly or indirectly, the profits of any distillery must be disclosed to the TABC as to the nature, extent and character thereof.
  • All applicants, including stockholders or members of an LLC, must be citizens of the United States.
  • No applicant can have any conviction of any offense prohibiting or regulating the sale, possession, transportation, storing, manufacturing or otherwise handling intoxicating liquors for ten (10) years prior.
  • No applicant can have any interest in the business or building containing licensed premises of any other person having a manufacturing, wholesale, retail, or winery license or in the fixtures of any such person.
  • No employee can have any felony convictions involving moral turpitude within ten (10) years, unless rights of citizenship have been restored or judgment of infamy has been removed by a court of competent jurisdiction.