The big warehouse of SPEAKeasy Spirits distillery in West Nashville is lined with dozens of barrels. In a few years, there might be thousands of them.
“We’re going to start construction on a big barrelhouse because we’re running out of room,” says Jenny Pennington, one of the the company's founders.
SPEAKeasy is among an influx of new distilleries in Tennessee, many of which want to make the state’s signature liquor — whiskey. But there’s a problem: They can’t just open up shop and start selling it. They have to let it sit in a barrel and age.