Soon visitors to the Pigeon Forge area will get a taste of a very old yet deeply hidden Tennessee craft. Moonshine has recently been legalized in the state of Tennessee and The Ole Smoky Distillery near Pigeon forge has announced that they will soon open their doors to the public and sell their first jars of legalized moonshine.
The opening of the Ole Smoky Distillery comes just in time for peak season in Pigeon Forge. Vacationers will pour into the Smokies during the summer of 2010, and the distillery will be a surprise to all. In the past moonshine makers have been tried in court because it was illegal to produce and sell in the state of Tennessee, and now it’s legal.
The Ole Smoky Distillery is set to open it’s doors on July 2nd, 2010. It is located in downtown Gatlinburg in the Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler. The distillery’s owner plans on selling varying types of moonshine including apple pie and peach. The owner reportedly said that the moonshine is 100% proof. A local, Joe Baker believes that his store represents a part of the culture and heritage of the Smoky Mountains.
While moonshine is part of the history of the Smoky Mountains, many are in shock that it was legalized after years of the alcohol being prohibited.
Pigeon Forge cabin guests aren’t far from the distillery. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are minutes from eachother so visitors can take a quick drive to purchase the moonshine.
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