Bonelaw’s Alcoholic Beverage Law client Ole Smoky Distillery was a recent feature in Forbes. Contributor Amy Guttman spoke with Joe Baker, partner in the distillery, about the explosion that company has experienced in the last five years. When state law made it legal to commercially produce “white whiskey,” or “moonshine,” Baker and his partners were the first to apply for a license. As former criminal defense lawyers, they knew the law but not much about distilling or the alcohol business.
Needless to say, they figured it out, and within the first year of operation, the trio saw a 300 percent growth rate. They now employ 200 people and are one of the main attractions in East Tennessee’s Gatlinburg. Recently, they expanded internationally and into chain restaurants like Outback Steakhouse.
Read more about Ole Smoky’s story here.
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