Tennessee Whiskey Legend, Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton was a third generation Moonshiner that lived and distilled his whiskey in Cocke County, Tennessee, but also claimed North Carolina as home.
Popcorn was well known throughout the South and beyond for making the best damn “likker” anyone had ever tasted. Popcorn lived life on his own terms, did and said whatever the hell he wanted and always had a trick up his sleeve.
On March 16th 2009, while facing 18 months in federal prison for making moonshine (not paying taxes on his whiskey), he decided to take his own life rather than go to prison.
Popcorn believed in his whiskey and the traditions he lived and ultimately died for. Even in the midst of his impending prison sentence, he managed to ensure that his life’s work would continue by passing on his whiskey-making tradition to me.
Popcorn knew he was the last true moonshiner and before his death, he taught me, “The Grocery Boy”, his secret recipes as well as the tradition and craft that made his whiskey world-renowned.
Celebrating the legacy of a whiskey making legend and my mentor, I’m proud to bring you America’s Rebel Spirit exactly the way Popcorn made it.
Jamey Grosser – Popcorn’s apprentice, friend and now Master Distiller