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My brothers and I would like to thank you for your interest in Short Mountain Distillery.  We are a 100% family-owned business.  We believe our involvement brings integrity and continuity to all of our spirits and endeavors here on the mountain.


We began our distillery venture in 2010 with a majority vote to end the dry laws in Cannon County Tennessee and open the door for the manufacturing of spirits once again.  The distillery became the 6th distillery to open in Tennessee since Prohibition bringing back legal liquor-making to Short Mountain.  The distillery’s 400-acre farm has a limestone-filtered cave spring that once flowed to the still of Cooper Melton, the infamous moonshiner for Al Capone.  Like the stills of yesteryear, we have chosen to stay small and make only the finest craft spirits.


Although we started over a decade ago with traditional moonshines our focus is now on creating fine-aged spirits like Tennessee Whiskey, Bourbon, and Rye Whiskey.  To keep the product line dynamic, we now offer finishes and special barrel releases periodically.


Since starting the distillery, I became the founding president of The Tennessee Distillers Guild which quickly started The Tennessee Whiskey Trail.  We are proud to be an active part of this living history tour of Tennessee.  I encourage everyone to start the trail and join us on our farm.


Taste a part of history that cannot be given justice with mere words.


billy kaufman
president and ceo


“do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

"the rich tradition of moonshining in cannon county, tennessee still runs clear in the veins of the distillers at short mountain distillery.


The age old traditions of time and taste are what harness the unique characteristics that make our whiskey stand out from the competition. Moonshining in essence is the practice of taking whatever is leftover and creating commodities out of what would otherwise be considered trash. This coupled with the ever growing nuances such as aging and mash bill creations led to what we know as the ever-growing Whiskey industry. The unique six different grains along with the multiple strains of yeast used in whiskey production can lead to an astounding 2.2 trillion flavors, which by no coincidence, leads to drastically different tastes across the board. This gives each distillery a chance at a unique and quality product. Our Tennessee Whiskey made here on sight still uses the age old Lincoln County Method, is a maple charcoal filtration that imparts a wonderfully earthy, yet bold, and deep smokey characteristic that puts our whiskey apart from all others."

Cameron Fye

Head Distiller

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