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Tennessee’s First Legal Moonshine Distillery

Ole Smoky Distillery is eager to debut the first legal moonshine distillery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee!  The distillery will open July 2 at 903 Parkway for moonshine tastings and distillery tours that will feature an authentic working moonshine still.  The distillery also has a museum for guests to enjoy, including photographic and narrative exhibits that highlight the history of moonshining in East Tennessee.

Joe Baker, Tony Breeden and Cory Cottongim, partners in the distillery, were excited to get the ball rolling last year after a new Tennessee law passed that eased restrictions on distilleries.  Since moonshining in the mountains of East Tennessee has been such a part of the Smoky Mountain history what better way to show the public a little “glimpse of what the mountains have to offer,” says Baker.   

The moonshine assortment for sale includes: original unaged corn whiskey moonshine, apple pie moonshine, sweet tea moonshine and peach moonshine.  The moonshine will be sold in mason jars just as it has been done (illegally) for many years.  Specialty products such as moonshine cherries will be available during the holiday season.  They want to produce the moonshine as close to the original as possible. The corn used to make the moonshine will be from local farmers, and they plan to keep the prices low.

Join us for the Grand Opening events on July 2 that will include free distillery tours and moonshine tastings for adults over 21 and moonshine for sale. Cheers!

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