Bob Dylan launched a range of whiskeys in 2018 and just announced he will be opening a distillery in Nashville, Tenn., in fall 2020. Heaven’s Door Distillery and Center for the Arts will produce Heaven’s Door spirits, which are named after the track “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and are currently being distilled in various locations.
When Dylan launched his spirits line last year, he said he “wanted to create a collection of American whiskeys that, in their own way, tell a story. … I’ve been travelling 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.”
Heaven’s Door varieties include 90-proof Tennessee Straight Bourbon, 100-proof Double Barrel Whisky, and 100-proof Straight Rye Whisky.
Dylan’s new center will feature guided tours, a whiskey library, restaurant, and 360-seat live performance area. Some of Dylan’s painting and metal sculptures will also be on display.
Dylan is renovating the 160-year-old Elm Street Methodist Church for the project. He and his business partners purchased the property in 2017 for $6.2 million. The church closed in 1971 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
On April 9, 2019, Dylan celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ninth studio album “Nashville Skyline.” The album was very influential on the country music scene and introduced the genre to a broader fan base.
In addition to working on the Heaven’s Door Distillery and Center for the Arts, Dylan is teaming up with Martin Scorcese to produce a film based on his 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour, which will air on Netflix later this year.
His most recent release is 2018’s “More Blood, More Tracks,” volume 14 in the Bootleg Series. It includes his recordings for his 1975 album “Blood on the Tracks.”
Some of Dylan’s most iconic songs include “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “The Times They Are a-Changin,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” and “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall,” all of which he released in the sixties.