Sipping in the Smokies - Gatlinburg Breweries
One of the best things to do in Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge for a bachelor party is visiting the various breweries, distilleries and cideries. We have highligted the best spots in the area to visit.
The Great Smoky Mountains are known for many things, one of the most popular being our impeccable taste for the finer things- amazing food, live music, and alcohol. From beer brewin' to moonshine distillin', we have it all. Gatlinburg, located in East Tennessee is the home to many of these unique breweries and distilleries, just waiting for you to come give them a taste!
Alongside our local experts have come a wave of people who want to see what all the fuss is about- making our local breweries and distilleries a main attraction of our little mountain town. We have the best craft beer, seasonal beers, refreshing ciders, shines, and whiskeys. Whatever you're looking for to satisfy you thirst, Gatlinburg has it all. To make things easier for you, below is a short list of some of the most popular breweries in Gatlinburg, as well as a review of what we thought when we went to check them out. You'll be dying for a sip of cider, or our famous craft beers by the end of it!
One thing about our Gatlinburg breweries that many visitors don't know is that due to the limited space in Gatlinburg, most of our beers and moonshines are mass-brewed locally in areas like Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. This is great because it has encouraged multiple locations of many of the best breweries to open up throughout the connecting towns. So, no matter where you are during your Smoky Mountain vacation, we will have some great options for you to try!
Smoky Mountain Brewery
The Smoky Mountain Brewery in Gatlinburg is home to many thirst-quenching craft beers and drinks along with delicious food options. Along with the open bar, their draft menu features 7 popular craft beers, as well as two featured daily specials. Additionally, customers can enjoy enticing trivia games followed by karaoke on Monday and Tuesday evenings. For those looking to catch a deal, Bar Happy Hour is from 4 pm-9 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, and 4 pm-7 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
For visitors staying elsewhere locally, Smoky Mountain Brewery features three additional locations throughout the Smoky Mountains including locations in Turkey Creek, Maryville, and Pigeon Forge. As a local favorite that always offers a happy, fun atmosphere, we highly recommend checking them out- and be sure to thy their handcrafted beers! If you'd like to learn more about any of these locations, take a look at their website.
Gatlinburg Brewing Company
The Gatlinburg Brewing Company, my personal favorite of the breweries we visited, is conveniently located on the split of the main Parkway and East Parkway in Gatlinburg Tennessee beside light #3. This location doesn't brew on-site, however, they do feature a wide and delicious variety of craft beer on tap, including a seasonal pumpkin cider. In addition to a delicious pizza and some great craft brews, we enjoyed looking out of the vast windows that line the outside of the building.
Due to the convenient location of this brewery, the round building overlooks a very pretty portion of downtown Gatlinburg, allowing customers to get a feel for where they'd like to walk next. Luckily, in this part of town, you are a perfect walking distance to all the fun things to do in Gatlinburg. This is certainly one to add to your list of craft beer breweries to try!
To learn more about the Gatlinburg Brewing Company, check out their website here:
Tennessee Stud Cider Company
Of the few cider companies we stumbled across in Gatlinburg, one seemed to stand out in a very classy and elegant way. That was the Tennessee Stud Cider company, which we actually learned is a Yee Haw Brewing location. With their advertisement of 3 free tastings, we were drawn inside to taste some of the best ciders and creams we've had around here. Luckily they featured a range of options to sample including 7 ciders and 5 creams. This location is very beautiful inside, and has a wonderful staff that is very knowledgeable and helpful in choosing your favorite hand-crafted cider! If just 3 tastings aren't enough for you, this location also offers 10 samples for $5.
For more information about Tennessee Stud Cider and other Yee Haw locations, check out their website.
Tennessee Cider Company
Tennessee Cider Company, not to be confused with Tennessee Stud Cider Company, is another popular cider business in Gatlinburg. While the building isn't very large for the public, they do still brew small batches of ciders here. and offer a list of delicious and crisp ciders to taste. Everyone is allowed to have 3 free tastings, however, for just $5 you get the V.I.P tasting which includes a taste of all of the ciders they have on tap.
The staff at this location is wonderful and very knowledgeable about their products. For more information about Tennessee Cider Company, visit their website.
Ole Smoky Moonshine
If one thing is for certain, it's that the Smoky Mountains hold the secret to the finest moonshine in the world. Ole Smoky Moonshine has proven this time and time again. Lucky for you, it is right in the middle of town, and calling your name. This massive building brews on-site, and features everything ranging from the world's best moonshine to cornbread and pancake mixes in a sack. During the busy season, they feature nightly entertainment in their little "Holler" as well as plenty of seating for passersby to sit and enjoy. Inside, you can sample moonshines for only $5, which gets you a coupon to purchase your own moonshine in-store.
Ole Smoky features 2 locations in Gatlinburg and one on the Island in Pigeon Forge. For more information about them, visit https://olesmoky.com/
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Last but certainly not least, is the Sugarlands Moonshine Distillery located in the heart of Gatlinburg. This massive barn-style building holds some of the finest moonshines that the Great Smoky Mountains has to offer. With tons of flavor options ranging from Eggo waffle flavor to Maple Moonshine Bloody Mary, you won't run short of flavors to sample. Additionally, this distillery has not only moonshine, but some great rum, whiskey, and vodka options to try as well. Customers can even purchase cocktails in the newly added patio section at the back end of the establishment.
To learn more about Sugarlands Distillery, visit their website.
By now you should have a pretty good idea about what you'd like to check out on your next Smoky Mountain vacation. So, come on down, and don't forget to check out some of the other wonderful attractions that Gatlinburg has to offer
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