The world's first (legal) prison distillery

Welcome to the end of the line

Brushy Mountain was the last place you wanted to find yourself – right in the middle of Tennessee’s first maximum-security prison holding the state’s most violent murderers, robbers, and rapists for more than a century. With some sentences for 200 years or more, most of the men who walked through its gates would never be walking out again.

Tours are self-guided, and former prison guards and former inmates will be nearby to answer any questions or share their stories. You’ll be provided with a map of the prison grounds as well. There are more than 30 stations, each containing the story of what happened in that particular spot. Some detail violent acts. Others describe the times when family members came to visit. Others still offer a glimpse inside the troubled minds of the hardened criminals who served time at Brushy.  

As you move from one station to another, you'll be able to imagine what life would have been like behind these walls. The men they held had committed unforgivable crimes. Somehow, somewhere, their lives took a wrong turn, but they still had souls...

The distillery is free to visit and separate from the prison tour. There's also a tasting bar located in the gift shop.  

*You must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid state ID to sample.

We look forward to seeing you when you come visit Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary. It will likely be an experience you carry with you the rest of your life.


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TN Whiskey Trail

Did you know Brushy Mountain Distillery is a stop on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail? Developed in 2017 by the Tennessee Distillers Guild, a group of 26 whiskey-making distilleries in TN, this guide to TN distillery tours is a must-do for whiskey lovers whether they live in the Volunteer State or are just traveling through.

The trail itself spans 800 miles of rolling hills and sweeping Tennessee landscapes with nearly 30 distillery stops spread out across East, Middle, and West Tennessee. Brushy is one of the many destinations that make this trek a perfect adventure for any whiskey enthusiast.