Travel back in time to the Sugarlands Distilling Company, a traditional distillery which makes mountain style moonshine. It opened in 2014 in Gatlinburg, bringing moonshine in this sunny region. Gatlinburg’s history is steeped with hillbillies. They were self-sufficient mountain folks happy with simple life and shotguns. In these mountains there are hidden stills in leafy hollers.
The air is sweet with the smell of maple wood which is used to make barrels. The early settlers called this place Sugarlands because of the maple trees. The barrels are used to store and age moonshine. On the shelves of Sugarlands store is the signature drink, Silver Cloud. The sour mash moonshine is made using traditional devices and modern procedures. There is a subtle flavour of fresh corn and sweet cotton along with a smooth and mellow balance. This adds kick to the moonshine. There are five additional varieties of award-winning moonshine. Appalachian Apple Pie, Blockader’s Blackberry, Butterscotch Gold, Old Fashioned Lemonade and Southern Sweet Tea. Butterscotch Gold moonshine boasts a creamy caramel and butter flavour. The smell is like brown sugar and kettle corn from the district fair.
Sugarlands Distilling Company makes its moonshine by grinding grains like corn and rye in an artisanal stone mill. It is turned into a meal, and then mixed with pure Smoky Mountain water. Some are moved to a giant cooker, and then transferred to a fermenter to simmer for a few days. Each batch of shine is distilled a total of six times, guaranteeing high quality and unparalleled flavour. Sugarlands Distilling Company has come up with several varieties of moonshine cocktails. Watch them on video. The most popular moonshine cocktails include versions of margaritas, mint juleps and spritzers.
Tourists can try multiple shine flavours at the distillery’s “Sippin’ Posts” and shop for branded clothing and novelty items. Sugarlands is also offering “Moonshining in the Mountains” motor tours, and half-day hikes. Do a backcountry trek and dine with them or try overnight camping. Guides also help with biking, camping, and horse rides. For ardent lovers of fishing trips, give this a crack.
Sugarlands Distilling Company Travel Tips
- Entry is free.
- Moonshine becomes legal once a business acquires a license and pay taxes.
- Our informative distillery tours and Back Stage musical performances are family friendly and open to all ages.
- Our moonshine is gluten free. None of the gluten proteins carry over through the distillation process.
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32.5% of people who visit Gatlinburg include Sugarlands Distilling Company in their plan
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Sugarlands Distilling Company Reviews & Ratings
Justin was amazing with samples! Very entertaining. Connie did a great tour. Everyone should do the FREE tour. Thank you for awesome time and such friendly staff. You will have a great time drinking here. And maybe learn a thing or two.
Soda (the bartender) was AWESOME and lively, and very funny. He was also respectful and accommodating for me, who out of our group of 6 plus the rest of the people in the circle needed to skip a few flavors/get smaller doses. He even let me swap the flavors I could have for the ones I couldn't during those rounds. The discount system is really nice too, and lots of yummy flavors, variety for everyone! Plus, of course, souvenirs! Thank you Sugarlands!
Did the moonshine tasting today. Our bartender Travis was really great and kept the shine rolling. Went back to the coctail bar and Abby was so attentive and very nice. Great time. Highly recommended. 5 stars all the way
My first moonshine tasting and it was an amazing experience! Only $5 per person with ID. My dad and I spent over an hour trying a selection of delicious moonshine. Our bartender, Thomas, the best! He is funny, personable, and great at his job! We had a nice buzz after the tasting. Definitely going back!
This the best place in the area to taste moonshine. Great atmosphere and fun flavors. We also took a tour of the still room where all their moonshine is made. Our tour guide Connie was great and is actually one of the distillers there so he was very knowledgeable about showing us the process of how the moonshine is made there. This company is one of the newer ones, but it is surely on the rise.