Having produced Tennessee Whiskey for more than 150 years, the Jack Daniel Distillery has experienced exponential growth as its popularity and production have increased. What began in 1866 as a small local distillery, as of 2021 has a footprint of nearly 3,000 acres in Moore County where Lynchburg sits. When the first Jack Daniel’s Bottle Collector’s Guide was published in 2011, the Distillery had nearly 1.7 million barrels spread throughout 77 barrelhouses. Ten years later, there were 92 barrelhouses storing over 2 million barrels. Many of these barrelhouses are smaller in size, holding around 6,000 barrels. However, as demand continues to increase and production is amped up to meet that demand, new larger barrelhouses are being constructed to hold as many as 67,000 barrels. While these larger barrelhouses are necessary to accommodate more barrels, they also have a bigger footprint requirement. The buildings themselves take up about two acres of land with current regulations requiring an additional ten-acre buffer around each of these large structures. The Distillery also owns 250 acres of untouched land above the famous Cave Spring to protect the quality of the water used for all of its whiskey production. Adding all of this together, it’s easy to see why Jack Daniel’s has such a large physical presence in Moore County.
Additional information about the Distillery Expansion will be provided in Volume II of the Jack Daniel’s Bottle Collector’s Guide which is expected to be available in the Summer of 2021.