Owners of Southside restaurant and bar The Flying Squirrel are celebrating their neighbor’s success.

Chattanooga Whiskey, which is located a few blocks from The Flying Squirrel, took home a 2018 gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition for one of its experimental batches.

To observe the achievement, The Flying Squirrel is having a special event, during which all of Chattanooga Whiskey’s distillers will be available to talk about their products. 

“I think it’s really cool that they want to share our success with their customers,” Chattanooga Whiskey CEO Tim Piersant said via email. “I don’t even think I’ve been able to hang out with all our distillers and all of our experimental batches at one time, so I just want to thank Flying Squirrel for giving me this opportunity.”


Pre-sale tickets go on sale Monday for the Thursday event. Organizers are offering tickets for a flight of six Chattanooga Whiskey experimental batches side-by-side so patrons can pick their favorite.

Participants get to guess which batch they think won the gold medal.

At 7:30 p.m., organizers will reveal the gold medalist and anyone who guessed correctly is entered into a drawing for a prize.

“It has been fun to watch Chattanooga Whiskey’s journey from idea to legislation to actual whiskey produced in Chattanooga,” The Flying Squirrel co-owner Max Poppel said via email. “We’re excited for them that one of their first batches they made from start to finish is getting recognition as a world-class whiskey. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.”

In 2013, Chattanooga Whiskey led the charge to get state law—which prevented the company from making its products here—changed.