Talladega Daze: Part 1

JACKTOPLast week I went on vacation to Alabama. We have a lot of relatives there and I like to visit them whenever we can. We did a lot of things on this trip and I took a lot of pictures, so I wanted to share them with you all! On the first day, we drove up to Tennessee to see the Jack Daniels whiskey distillery.


I really don’t have any interest in drinking whiskey, but it was interesting to see how they do it and the history behind it all. We learned that Jack Daniels acquired the distillery from a minister in the 1800’s, that Daniels was only 5 foot, 2 inches tall, and that he died from gang green by kicking a safe and injuring his toe!

Also, all the trees in the distillery were covered by a black fungus (don’t worry, it actually helps protect the trees), and the reason is because of all the alcohol and minerals in the air and ground around the plant. In fact, that’s how police look for illegal distilleries is by looking at the trees in the area!

I didn’t take many pictures because we were only allowed to take photos outside, not in the buildings. There was a lot of interesting things inside, though. Like warehouses full of whiskey barrels (they make the barrels at the distillery, too), fermentation vats, and the bottling room. Everything inside smelled of alcohol and beer, so it was kind of nasty.

The distillery is in a small town called Lynchburg, and I think the only reason why the town is there is because of the distillery. In fact, the town square has nothing but gift shops with lots of Jack Daniels merchandise in it! The distillery itself didn’t sell a thing! What’s funny is that Lynchburg is in a dry county, so if you want to buy any alcohol, you have to go somewhere else!

Anyway, here are a few pictures I took outside the distillery.





And here’s a picture of me and some of my family who went on the distillery trip. From left to right: my brother Jeff, my aunt Janice, the Jack Daniels statue, my aunt Paula, my mom, and me!


Click here for part 2 and pictures of Talladega!

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