Are you heading to the hills of Tennessee this year? Be sure to make time to experience one of the oldest running traditions in Appalachia. Sippin’ on moonshine and spirits from the hollers has been a favorite among folks since long before shine was legal. Today, you can not only purchase moonshine legally but you can pay a few bucks and sip on a variety of shines to find your favorites. Here are 3 Smoky Mountain Distilleries that you should visit while you’re on vacation in Sevierville, TN.
1. Ole Smoky
In 2010 Ole Smoky became Tennessee’s first legal moonshine distillery and they’ve been growing non-stop since day one. The Baker family wanted to share their family’s history of making shine in the Great Smoky Mountains but they wanted to do so in a legal way. Once the laws were passed they set up shop and began sharing the ways of the past generations in their family with both locals and guests visiting the area. Over 10 years later, it’s safe to say that they have turned their family’s art of making moonshine into a life long legacy and profitable business in the Smokies and beyond. Today folks visiting Gatlinburg can stop in at The Holler or The Barrelhouse for sippin’ time, live music in The Holler, a tour of the distillery, to purchase spirits and merchandise, as well as just enjoying a piece of Appalachian history. You’ll also find Ole Smoky’s The Barn at The Island in Pigeon Forge, where once again live music is filling the air!
2. Sugarlands Distilling Company
Sugarlands Distilling Company in Gatlinburg has managed to build their own legacy since opening their doors. With award winning moonshine, Roaming Man Whiskey, Appalachian Sippin’ Creams, a never-ending list of recipes, and having Discovery Channel’s Moonshiners Legends as well as baseball stars and NASCAR drivers on their side their formula is bound to be a big success for decades to come. Sugarlands Distilling has over 25,000 5-star reviews on Tripadvisor and has yet again been voted the Number 1 Thing to Do in Gatlinburg, TN. That sounds like the perfect reason to stop in for a visit the next time you’re in town!
3. Junction 35
Located in Pigeon Forge, Junction 35 is a one of a kind distillery in the Smoky Mountains. It’s a spot where you can not only check a variety of bourbon, rye, whiskey, moonshine, vodka, gin, rum, and cocktails, but you can also fill up on some amazing grub from their kitchen and bar. Their menu includes a list of mouth watering appetizers, smoked meat BBQ trays and wings, burgers, pastas, and more. The best part about visiting Junction 35 when you’re spending your vacation with us at Oak Tree Lodge? It’s just 2 miles away and the perfect spot to wrap up a day of making memories in the Smokies!
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