A trip to the Smokies wouldn’t be complete without tasting some of that Appalachian moonshine! Luckily for you, Gatlinburg is home to the Ole Smoky Holler and Barrelhouse. Next time you visit downtown, you have to try this ‘shine for yourself! Here are 4 reasons why you should visit the Ole Smoky Distillery in Gatlinburg:
1. You Can Take a Guided Tour of the Distillery
One of the coolest parts of visiting The Holler, is that you have the option to take a guided, behind-the-scenes tour of the distillery. On the tour, you’ll see the process of how the moonshine is made, as well as learn the history of moonshining in the Smoky Mountains. You’ll also get to try 13 samples of the finest ‘shine and whiskey made on site. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn more about this important Appalachian tradition and find your favorite flavors all at once!
2. You Get to Sample the Product
Even if you decide not to take the tour, you’ll still get plenty of samples! For those visiting who are 21 and over, you can try up to 7 samples at either The Holler or The Barrelhouse in downtown Gatlinburg. The flavors are predetermined by distillery locations and are subject to change, but we can assure you that you’ll love the available selection. Once you pick your favorites, take home a jar or two for yourself and any moonshine lovers back home! You’ll love bringing back a taste of the Smokies!
3. They Have Flavors for Every Taste
We know that moonshine can be an intimidating drink at first, but don’t worry, Ole Smoky has flavors that everyone will love. If you want something on the sweeter side, try the fan-favorite Blackberry or Banana Puddings flavors. If you’re looking for something with a kick, you have to sample the 100+ proof White Lightnin’ or Blue Flame. They even have moonshine infused cherries, peaches and pickles! Regardless of your preference, you’ll find something you love at the Ole Smoky Distillery in Gatlinburg.
4. You May Catch Live Music
Did you know that The Holler is known to host live music throughout the week? Don’t be surprised if you hear the sounds of the Smokies as you stroll through downtown. From Southern bluegrass to today’s most popular country music, Ole Smoky hosts tons of artists. Sip on your ‘shine, kick back in a rocking chair and jam to some live music! Check out all their events for an updated schedule of their performances.
Now that you know why you have to check out the Ole Smoky Distillery in Gatlinburg, you can add it to your Smokies to-do list! Conveniently, our Gatlinburg hotel is just a few minutes from both The Holler and The Barrelhouse. If you want to stay close to the best moonshine in the Smoky Mountains, check out all of our available rooms and book your stay today. We look forward to seeing you!