News & Opinion | April 10, 2019 5:00 am

Bob Dylan Is Opening a Whiskey Distillery in Nashville

Heaven’s Door Distillery and Center for the Arts opens in 2020.

The home of Bob Dylan's line of Heaven's Door whiskeys open in 2020. (Heaven's Door Spirits, LLC)
The home of Bob Dylan's line of Heaven's Door whiskeys open in 2020. (Heaven's Door Spirits, LLC)

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After knock, knock, knocking the idea around for a while, Bob Dylan’s Heaven’s Door Distillery and Center for the Arts will open in Nashville in the fall of 2020.

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the release of Dylan’s Nashville Skyline, the downtown home for the songwriter’s signature line will also house a 360-seat music venue, restaurant and whiskey library. Dylan’s artwork and metal sculptures will also be on display at the center.

Part of a renovation project to the 160-year-old Elm Street Church, the craft distillery will offer guided tours after it opens.

“Nashville is the natural home for the Heaven’s Door distillery and the Elm Street Church is a fitting home for Dylan’s visual artwork,” said Heaven’s Door Spirits CEO Marc Bushala. “We spent years looking for a property that truly captures the essence of the Heaven’s Door brand, and when we finally found the deconsecrated church in SoBro, we immediately knew that it would be the perfect physical and spiritual center for the brand, and Bob’s art.”

Bushala added the brand was “thrilled” to celebrate Nashville Skyline’s anniversary by adding to “Music City’s skyline.”

To get your Dylan fix prior to the distillery opening its doors, check out Martin Scorsese’s documentary Rolling Thunder when it is released later this year on Netflix.

Also, some of Dylan’s artwork and handwritten song lyrics will be on display in a new exhibit at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, starting in May.