Sugarlands Distilling Company in Gatlinburg

Downtown Gatlinburg’s Sugarlands Distilling Company offers award-winning whiskey, moonshine tastings, and stillhouse tours in a breathtaking rustic setting.

Sugarlands Distilling Company is a fun experience that showcases samples of Sugarlands Shine, Appalachian Sipping Creams, and handcrafted cocktails. DistiRated Sugarlands as the #1 thing to do in Gatlinburg.

Deep in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, this chic barn-style craft distillery features excellent live music, flavorful Sugarlands potions, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sugarlands stillhouse. Architects made the 150-year-old structure from reclaimed salvaged wood from East Tennessee barns.

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Since 2014 Sugarlands brewers have been brewing their authentic moonshine, rum, cream liqueurs, and rye whiskey. Stop in for a taste, then shop for Sugarlands moonshine, mountain merchandise, canned cream drinks, apparel, and gifts in the Sugarlands Store.

Along with its amazing ambiance and vibe, Sugarlands has a Cocktail Kitchen where guests are invited to order their favorite Sugarlands cocktail recipe along with the specialty drink. For $6, patrons can choose a cocktail from a seasonal, rotating menu.

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Sugarlands Distillery Libations

Whether your passion is Tennessee Rye Whiskey, peach Moonshine, or a Pumpkin Spice Latte Sipping Cream, Sugarlands has blended brews for every occasion. Check Sugarlands website for a complete listing of its Distilling Company products, and discover your favorite moonshine, run or sipping cream. Here are a few of Sugarlands top picks:

Roaming Man Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey

Sugarlands distills this cask-strength whiskey that has received gold medals in international spirits competitions. Named Best in Class Whiskey, Roaming Man sells out during each pre-sale.

Pro Tip: Signe up for the Whiskey Club for early access to news and special releases.

Talladega Superspeedway Whiskey

Sugarlands Distilling Company celebrated 50 years of tradition, brewing this unaged corn whiskey. Talladega has a crisp, clean, sweet corn flavor reminiscent of spirited Appalachian corn Whiskey.

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Cole Swindells Peppermint Moonshine

This delicious moonshine has a hint of light cocoa and cream. Served at the Gatlinburg distillery, Sugarlands Distilling Company also sells Cole Swindells in local liquor stores across the country.

Silver Cloud Tennessee Sour Mash Moonshine

Silver Cloud won a Platinum Medal “Best in Class” at the 2014 SIP Awards and the Double Gold Medal at the 2016 Fifty Best Awards. The subtle sweet prohibition-style mash finishes with a crisp fresh flavor.

Fun Fact: Each batch of shine is distilled a total of six times, ensuring the highest quality and unparalleled taste.

Other moonshine flavors include Pina Colada, Root Beer, and Peanut Butter and Jelly.

Electric Orange Sipping Cream

Loaded with chai spices and bitters, this coconut-flavored cocktail offers a bright orange zest with the smooth taste of vanilla cream.

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Sugarlands Distilling Company's Voodoo Punch

This lightly carbonated canned moonshine cocktail offers a refreshing blend of fruit flavors that include pineapple, coconut and a hint of cherry. Sugarlands sells Voodoo at select liquor stores.

Jamming Peach Moonshine Cocktail

This delightful blend of ripe summer peaches is perfect for a hot summer day. Beware the sweet taste may fool you. Each can contains 5% alcohol.

Sugarlands Distilling Company Backstory

Best friends and moonshine partners Mark Ramsey and Erick “Digger” Manes first starred on the Discovery Channel shows Moonshiners and Master Distiller in 2011 and opened the Sugarlands Distilling Company in Gatlinburg in March of 2014. Digger has starred in 114 episodes alongside co-star Mark Ramsay.

Pro Tip: Distillery legends are known to stop by from time to time, so get your autograph book ready!

Mark Ramsey and Digger Manes from Discovery Moonshine TV in overalls smiling for a photograph with plants in the background in Tennessee, USA

photo credit: Mark & Digger via Facebook

Ramsey, an East Tennessee native, discovered the moonshine trade at the wee age of 8 and then learned the craft through hands-on experience. At the same time, partner Digger Manes is a legend in his own right. Manes, too learned the craft at a young age.

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Today Sugarlands Distilling Company has over 125 employees across all of its locations and generates $20 million in sales.

Sugarlands Distilling Company Tours & Workshops

Enjoy a guided tour that is hailed the #1 Distillery Experience in the U.S. Catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the distilling process, taste test new flavors, shop for some fun gifts and hear a live band-all at Sugarlands!

The distillery offers free tours regularly. Tours include a full seasonal sampling where visitors can taste the latest award-winning house spirits. In addition to the free tours, Sugarlands offers premium tours for $15, including a 30-minute tour, moonshine mixing class, and blending samples class.

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An expert Tastemaker leads the tours and tasting experiences with cocktail ideas and tasting notes through three sipping stations. The tasting fee to sample spirits is $5 to try 12 flavors. The fee also includes another $5 voucher redeemable with any in-store purchase.

Blended Cocktail Tour

This 30-minute private tour of the stillhouse costs $12 per person. You’ll also get to try two handcrafted cocktails made by an expert Tastemaker.

Meet the Distiller Workshop (This tour is currently unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions)

This private tour showcases a backside glimpse of Sugarlands expert distillers. Guests can learn how to make distilled spirits, and each participating member can fill their own jar of moonshine to take home.

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Distiller for the Day Workshop (This tour is currently unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions)

Sugarlands invites patrons to spend the day with Sugarlands Head Distiller and participate in making a batch of moonshine. Members can grind the corn, mix mash, and proof the distillate. Lunch is also included, and guests can take home a mason jar of their own brew. The cost of this workshop is $250 per person.

Sugarlands Distilling Company Hours of Operation

Sugarlands is open daily; 364 days a year. (Closed on Christmas Day)

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Sugarlands Distillery Company Directions

The distillery and tasting room is located on the main Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg, across the street from the Space Needle.

Pro Tip: To experience the live music, go to the back of the retail store, where you’ll find a listening area and stage that showcases talented local musicians.


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