Bob Dylan to transform a 160-year-old church into his own whiskey distillery

Bob Dylan will open his own whiskey distillery in 2020 as his ninth album Nashville Skyline celebrates 50 years.

The distillery will be a part of a multi-use arts venue which is being transformed from the 160-year-old Elm Street Methodist Church in Nashville. Dylan and his business partners bought the church for $6.2 million in 2017.

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Bob Dylan’s Heaven’s Door Distillery and Centre for the Arts will include a whiskey library as well as 360-seat performance venue.

The venue will be called Heaven’s Door Distillery and Centre for the Arts after Dylan’s 1974 song Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door. Last year he launched Heaven’s Door spirits, which are available in straight rye, straight bourbon and double-barrelled varieties.

Launching the spirits, Dylan said he “wanted to create a collection of American whiskeys that, in their own way, tell a story… I’ve been traveling for decades, and I’ve been able to try some of the best spirits that the world of whiskey has to offer. This is great whiskey”.

Along with the distillery, Heaven’s Door will boast a restaurant, ‘art sanctuary’, whiskey library, and a 360-seat performance venue. According to The Associated Press, it will also feature Dylan’s paintings and metalwork sculptures.