Painted Stave Distilling has big expansion plans in Smyrna

Rendering of planned expansion courtesy of Painted Stave.

Painted Stave Distilling has big plans that will aid in the revitalization of downtown Smyrna.

Recently, the three-year-old distillery completed the purchase of the Old Smyrna Theater and its surrounding lots with an eye toward expansion, a release stated.

The distillery had been renting the first floor of the theater for the past four years.


To meet increased demand, the expansion plan includes constructing a 4,800 square foot warehouse behind the current building to allow for increased production and storage, as well as an approximate 8,000-square-foot outdoor “Cocktail Garden” on the west side of the building.

The addition of the patio space will meet the need for an outdoor space that can support both local community and private events, the release stated.

These renovations build upon recent improvements that have made to the existing tasting room and gallery space inside the distillery.

An expanded cocktail program, additional seating, and a second tasting bar were added late in 2016 to handle larger groups.

“Our dream is to continue to make the distillery a destination where the community can come together. These additions will allow us to host movie nights, food trucks, music performances such as Smyrna at Night, farmers markets, and much more,” says Mike Rasmussen, co-owner of Painted Stave.

Construction on the building and outdoor garden space are expected to begin this spring and should be completed by early summer.

The team plans to launch a crowd funding campaign that would give Painted Stave Distilling fans an opportunity to uniquely buy into the company. The company is expected to use the Indiegogo platform.

Also, Painted Stave Distilling will continue working with the Town of Smyrna to expand its operations and be a factor the overall growth of the town, the release stated.

Smyrna brewers Brick Works and Blue Earl and Painted Stave have been working together on events.

Painted Stave fans can stay up to data on the fund-raising effort by clicking on this Facebook page.

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