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Tennessee Whiskey Debate Turns to Battle Between Giants

Bone McAllester Norton attorney William T. Cheek III was quoted in the Wall Street Journal in what has become a battle between Brown-Forman’s Jack Daniel’s brand and industry giant Diageo. Bonelaw client Popcorn Sutton Distilling LLC is leading a group of craft distillers in efforts to make technical corrections to the state whiskey laws. Although technical, the corrections will be an enormous benefit for the craft distilling industry in Tennessee.

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Legal Designation of “Tennessee Whiskey” is Causing a Debate Between Liquor Giants, The Tennessean Reports

In 2013, Tennessee’s state legislature passed a law designating what can be classified and sold as “Tennessee whiskey,” and in this year’s session, lawmakers are attempting to tweak that law. Under the current law, “Tennessee whiskey” must be made from fermented mash of at least 51 percent corn, aged in new oak barrels, charcoal mellowed and stored in the state, reports The Tennessean. The tweak would require that whiskey be mashed and distilled in Tennessee and would remove the requirement for charcoal filtering, a measure that Bone McAllester Norton Alcoholic Beverage Law client Prichard’s Distillery supports. "If I wanted my whiskey to taste like Jack Daniel's, I'd make it like Jack Daniel's," said Phil Prichard, owner and master distiller of Prichard's Distillery in Kelso, Tenn.

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Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.