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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Legal Moonside Makin' In Tennessee

Good ol' fashioned moonshine will once again be flowing from the hills of Tennessee.
Ole Smoky Distillery will open for business inside the Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler in downtown Gatlinburg on July 2. The distillery's owner, Joe Baker, said a new Tennessee state law allowing the distillation of spirits helped him open his doors.
"It's something that people have wanted to do for a long time. The licensing was a difficult process, but we're excited about our product and proud of our product," said owner Joe Baker.
The distillery plans to sell the real stuff. Jars will be full of unaged corn whiskey in different variations including apple pie and peach. The company will sell moonshine cherries too.
"Our product is 100 proof. It is true mountain whiskey," Baker explained.
The Sevier County native said his store is not just about the whiskey.
"I believe that it is very important for us to tell about our heritage and the culture of moonshine. It's an important part of the heritage of the mountains. A lot of families in East Tennessee, specifically here in the mountains, provided for their children by making moonshine," the owner said.
The Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler is located near 903 Parkway in Gatlinburg.

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