Legend of Popcorn Sutton is living on
On March 16, 2009, bootlegger and moonshiner Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton committed suicide rather than go to federal prison for moonshining.
Popcorn became infamous after making a popular documentary called, “This is the Las Dam Run of Likker I’ll Ever Make”.
After his death, friend and apprentice Jamey Grosser carried on Popcorn’s recipe by bringing Popcorn Sutton’s Tennessee White Whiskey to the market.
Popcorn Sutton’s popularity continues to grow even after his death and that could not have been more apparent on March 9 when Bill’s Liquor Store here had a bottle signing for Popcorn Sutton’s Tennessee White Whiskey.
People from all over Middle Tennessee and North Alabama stood in line for more than an hour just to meet Pam Sutton, widow of Popcorn Sutton, and Master Distiller Jamey Grosser.
When asked if it was worth the wait of standing in line for such a long period of time, every single person said, “Yes!”
When the announcement was made that Mrs. Sutton and Mr. Grosser would be appearing at Bill’s Liquor Store weeks before the bottle signing, Bill’s Liquor was flooded with telephone calls from around the country, and even as far away as England.
“I am proud to have had the opportunity to host Mrs. Sutton and Mr. Grosser and to be able to bring my customers a little something extra,” said Alicia Campbell-Mitchell, owner of Bills Liquor.
“Everyone had a great time. I really hope to have them back again one day in the future.”
Although Popcorn may no longer be with us, it is as clear as moonshine in a jar that his legend will live on.