The times may not be a-changin’ as much as singer, songwriter, and Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan said they once were, but worry not — he’s now got a range of vegan whiskey, bourbon, and rye to help you cope with your modern day ennui.
The Dylan-branded premium whiskey launched last year under the Heaven’s Door label. It will open its own distillery and restaurant in Nashville, slated for a grand opening sometime next year. The Heaven’s Door Distillery and Center for the Arts will also serve as a music venue as well as display Dylan’s artwork — the award-winning musician is also an accomplished sculptor and painter.
The center will take over a 160-year-old Church in Downtown Nashville. The announcement was made on the 50th anniversary of Dylan’s seminal 1969 album, “Nashville Skyline.”
“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. 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,” the company said in a statement.
“Heaven’s Door” was written by Dylan in 1973 for the soundtrack to the film “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.” It’s been covered by numerous artists including Guns & Roses.
The 77-year-old artist kicked off the product’s launch with a cryptic appearance on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” last November.
Vegan alcohol vetting website Barnivore confirmed the company’s vegan-friendly status last week.
“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,” Dylan told the New York Times last year.
The Heaven’s Door label currently produces a Tennessee straight bourbon, a 100 proof whiskey and a rye whiskey. Dylan partnered with bourbon maker Angel’s Envy on the line.
“We both wanted to create a collection of American whiskeys that, in their own way, tell a story,” Dylan said.
The restaurant menu has not yet been announced.