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Sugarlands Distilling Company produces craft quality moonshine and whiskey. The distillery, in downtown Gatlinburg, is a popular attraction where guests are invited to sample award-winning Sugarlands Shine, take behind the-scenes tours of the production, and purchase a variety of moonshine flavors, mountain merchandise, and apparel.
The distillery also offers live music, Appalachian storytelling, and outdoor adventure tours in the Sugarlands, an area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park historically known as “moonshiners’ paradise.” The company is East Tennessee-owned, with a focus on improving the local community through a variety of events and charitable giving.
Sugarlands Distilling Co. opened its downtown Gatlinburg distillery in March 2014 to perform the age-old craft of distilling fine Sugarlands Shine. Its authentic spirits, barn-house location, and first-class entertainment offer visitors the complete Tennessee moonshine experience. Sugarlands Distilling Co. is a proud, locally owned, community–minded, “give-back” brand.
Although the recipes and craft of making moonshine are ages old, the Sugarlands Still House features custom-designed distilling equipment that produces a superior moonshine.
With one foot firmly planted in the past and the other in these modern times, the Still House is where our delicious Sugarlands Shine is made.
Our artisanal stone mill grinds grains—like corn and rye—into meal that is mixed with pure Smoky Mountain water and moved to our giant cooker. From there, the liquid is transferred to the fermenter to simmer for a few days. When the time is right that "wash" is pumped into the copper pot still, where it is heated and distilled. The alcohol vapor filters through the copper pipes and rises up through the plates of the distillation column, down through the chilling column to cool, and is finally poured out of the Spirit Safe.
You can see the whole production through the screen windows or if you want to take a closer look enjoy a still house tour. As long as you knock on our speakeasy door, whisper the password, and keep mum—you are in!