Jack Daniel’s Special Barrel Trees Will Help Out Military Families

Jack Daniel’s is looking to bring a local tradition in its Lynchburg, Tennessee hometown to cities across the country this year with the building of whiskey barrel trees to help junior-enlisted service members and families travel home.

Ten years ago, according to those behind it, the distillery built its first 26-foot tall tree made from 140 American white oak whiskey barrels in Lynchburg, TN, home of Jack Daniel’s. That tree will once again go up and replicas will be built in Minneapolis, MN; Milwaukee, WI; Dallas, TX; Boston, MA; Las Vegas, NV; Tampa, FL; Cleveland, OH; and Nashville, TN.

Jack Daniel's Barrel Trees

A Jack Daniel’s Barrel Tree (image via Jack Daniel’s)

As part of what’s known as its “Operation Ride Home” program, the distillery and partner, the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA), will auction off the top barrel of each tree with proceeds helping junior-enlisted service members and families travel home from their place of military service.

Due to the current pandemic, travel for these heroes is on hold due to Department of Defense restrictions but will commence as soon as they are lifted. Since the program began in 2011, ORH has helped send a total of 8,583 individual junior-enlisted service members and their families home while raising $1.8 million in donations. Men and women from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard have been assisted with travel to all 50 states.

“The Jack Daniel Distillery barrel tree has always brought people together to celebrate the spirit of the season and remind us of the sacrifice of so many heroes and their loved ones,” said Chris Fletcher, Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller, in a prepared statement. “We hope our friends will stop by and join us to reflect on this special time of year. After all, we all need some extra cheer this holiday season.”

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The barrel tree auction began December 1. To find out more about taking home one of the barrels from this year’s trees, there’s more information online here.


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