Cathead’s new location at 422 S. Farish St. formerly housed the Mississippi School Book Co.
For the past five years, Cathead Distillery has been building its distribution and portfolio of brands and has outgrown its 7,000 square-foot Madison building, said Cathead, Mississippi’s first distillery.
With the increased space, the distiller is adding whiskey to its lineup of spirits. That extra room gives Cathead “ten times the capacity we currently have,” co-founder Richard Patrick said in an interview. “From a production standpoint, it is rather limitless on the bottling side,” he added.
Also with the move, Cathead can add the mashing process to the front end of its brewing, Patrick said.
The company started in 2010 with its signature Cathead Vodka and today sells its products in 14 states across the South.
Patrick said Cathead and its 20-person workforce produce 17,000 nine liter cases of spirits annually. Whether it significantly increases that production level at its new home will depend on the market, he said.
The company said it will cut a ribbon on its new distillery on Dec. 8 and hold a grand opening on Dec. 12.
Cathead makes multiple spirits, including Cathead Vodka, Cathead Honeysuckle, Cathead Pecan, Bristow Gin, Bristow Reserve Gin and Hoodoo Chicory Liqueur.
Patrick and co-founder Austin Evans said they want to keep their new distillery centralized to Mississippi. “We are excited about relocating to Jackson,” Evans said.
“As proud residents of the city, we look forward to providing a destination that contributes to the growing cultural drive that is happening in the downtown area.”
People can stop by the distillery for tours and tastings on Thursdays and Fridays starting at 3 p.m. and at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. Tours are set to begin in the weeks following the opening. Guests can enjoy a bar full of local beers, the retail shop and a game of corn hole while visiting. Upon request, private group tours are available.
The distillery is also available for private events and business meetings.
“We are so excited to showcase the new distillery on December 12th,” said co-founder Richard Patrick. “We’ve had so much overwhelming support from the entire Mississippi community, and we can’t wait to get the celebration started.”
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