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Sip on a Tennessee staple at Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery


Located on The Parkway, Ole Smoky Distillery at Moonshine Holler is a downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee, stop that makes life easy for tour operators. The most-visited distillery in the United States, Ole Smoky Distillery ships Tennessee moonshine to all 50 states and 55 countries. 

Moonshine at Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Photo: Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery Moonshine, Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, Gatlinburg, Tenn.

“There’s a lot of lore about moonshine in Tennessee, and I talk about that as well as the processes as groups gather along the windows that look into the distillery area,” said Johnny Baker, groups coordinator.

One large windowed space is open screening. Visitors can smell the distinct aroma of cooking and fermenting grains as the moonshine is processed in authentic working moonshine stills on-site. An open courtyard separates the distillery from the tasting room and retail store.

“One of the favorite activities in the holler is finding a comfy rocking chair and listening to the free bluegrass entertainment,” said Dian Stanfill, sales manager with the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It is a fun place for those who want to ‘sample the goods,’ as well as those folks who do not partake. Learning about the moonshine process and listening to the history of its origins are unique and interesting for all guests — and it is a great place to shop for special products as well as non-alcoholic items.”

Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery produces moonshine with a variety of alcoholic content from high-proof products, such as White Lightning and Blue Flame, to milder, flavored moonshine – all packaged in the distillery’s distinctive mason jars. “Apple Pie is our best-selling moonshine at this time,” Baker said.

“Here at ‘the holler’ we sometimes offer small batches of flavors we are considering adding to our product list.”

For more information, call 865-436-6995 or visit

Article by Becky Linhardt


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