Nashville, Tenn. • The maker of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey on Monday celebrated the opening of a new cooperage in Alabama to supply its distillery with the American white oak barrels that are toasted and charred to give the spirit its distinctive flavor and color.
The facility located in Trinity, Ala. is about 60 miles southwest of the Jack Daniel distillery in Lynchburg, Tenn. In the next few weeks, the cooperage is expected to make about 700 barrels per day out of wood from nearby stave mills owned by the company, and is projected to employ more than 200 workers when it reaches full capacity.
"The American whiskey category is booming with exports of Tennessee Whiskey and bourbon eclipsing $1 billion for the first time last year," Jack Daniel's Managing Director John Hayes said in a release. "We want to be able to satisfy the world's thirst for our premium Tennessee whiskey, and having this state-of-the-art cooperage will help us meet that demand."