PHOTO: Attendees at last year’s Made South event had a big time. / Photos submitted


More than 30 regional distilleries will be represented as Made South holds its third annual Southern Whiskey Society Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Factory at Franklin.

Attendees will have the opportunity to sample whiskey from distilleries throughout the South as well as taste dishes from award-winning chefs.

Made South is a Franklin-based company that works to spread Southern hospitality by creating entertaining events that celebrate the best makers of food, drink, music and art in the South.

Large and small distilleries will be represented at the event, including Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, Willett, Wild Turkey, Kentucky Owl and Nelson’s Green Brier. Five single barrel whiskeys, including the first barrel of Weller Full Proof and four different barrels of Willett Family Estate bourbon and rye, will also make their debut. These barrels were personally selected by a small group of whiskey enthusiasts, including Chris Thomas, founder of Made South, and Will Haynes and Matt Giesler of “The PodCask,” a podcast about whiskey.

As for food sampling, featured chefs include Bobby Benjamin of Butchertown Grocery in Louisville, Kentucky; Dolester Miles of Highlands Bar & Grill in Birmingham, Alabama; Eric and Kelley Roundtree of Tree House Macarons in Augusta, Georgia; Erik Niel of Easy Bistro in Chattanooga; Edouardo Jordan of JuneBaby in Seattle; Jonathan Searle of Proof on Main in Louisville; Katie Coss of Husk Nashville in Nashville; Lane Zirlott of Murder Point Oysters in Bayou La Batre, Alabama; Marc Therrien of Keeneland Hospitality in Lexington, Kentucky; and Owen Klein of Hardee’s.

“Southern Whiskey Society brings together two celebrated parts of Southern culture: great food and exceptional whiskey,” said Thomas, who started Made South more than seven years ago. “This event is the perfect opportunity for people to experience the best the South has to offer, taste something different, and maybe even find a new favorite whiskey.”

A portion of the Southern Whiskey Society’s proceeds will benefit One Generation Away, a Franklin-based nonprofit that distributes healthy foods to families throughout Middle Tennessee who lack access to food sources due to economic and physical barriers.

Tickets are available for purchase at SouthernWhiskeySociety.com.

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