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Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are known for having popular moonshine distilleries. You can taste a variety of moonshine flavors, and some distilleries even show you how they make their alcohol! One of these popular places is the Sugarlands Distilling Company in Gatlinburg. To help you learn more about it and why you should visit, we’ve put together the top 4 things you should know about it:
1. Variety of Moonshine Flavors
Sugarlands Distilling Company has quite a few flavors of moonshine you can try. If you’re wanting to try just moonshine without a signature flavor, get Silver Cloud Tennessee Sour Mash or Jim Tom Hedrick’s Unaged Rye. If you’re looking for a flavored kind, you’ll definitely find it here! There’s peppermint, pina colada, root beer, sweet tea, and old fashioned lemonade. You’ll also find unique flavors, such as peanut butter and jelly and maple bacon. Not only will you find moonshine, you will see moonshine with cream in flavors such as pumpkin spice latte and dark chocolate coffee.
2. Have a Taste
Like many moonshine places in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Sugarlands Distilling Company allows visitors to taste a few of their flavors. In order to taste moonshine here, you must pay a $5 tasting fee, which is required by the City of Gatlinburg. Although, once you pay for your tasting, you’ll receive a $5 voucher to go towards a purchase in the store! A TasteMaker leads your tasting group, sharing information about the different flavors you’re trying. Everyone will have a blast, especially when you’re tasting with a group of people!
3. Tours and Workshops
Not only can you taste the moonshine, you can also tour the distillery and go to several different workshops. On the Blended Cocktail Tour, you’ll tour the stillhouse for 30 minutes to see how moonshine is made. Then you’ll get two blended cocktails made by in-house TasteMakers. If you really want to learn about the process of making moonshine, you can attend the Distiller for the Day workshop. The Head Distiller shows you how to grind the corn, mix mash, and proof the distillate, and you get to participate! Then you get to put the moonshine into jars. They also take you to lunch!
4. Tons of Events
Sugarlands Distilling Company puts on a variety of events throughout the year. Some of the most popular events include live music on the back porch where you can enjoy a drink from the Cocktail Kitchen at Sugarlands. You never know who might be at the back porch, so you’ll definitely want to keep up with the calendar to see if one of your favorite bands will be there! Other events include a professional chef providing delicious food, silent auctions, and meeting other famous distillers.
Visiting Sugarlands Distilling Company is something you’ll definitely enjoy when you’re in Gatlinburg. It’s not just about the moonshine flavors; you get a whole experience with the TasteMakers and the atmosphere of the distillery. Wondering what other fun things you can do while you’re in town? Check out these great attractions throughout the Smokies you’ll love!