Gatlinburg moonshine hits Canada

Aug. 21, 2013 @ 11:03 PM

Locally bottled moonshine has moved like white lightning through the U.S. and is now hitting shelves in Canada.

Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery opened in downtown Gatlinburg in 2010 as the state’s first legal moonshine distillery. Now, a little more than three years after the distillery opened, its product is being sold throughout the country — including Hawaii and Alaska, although the business is working to get into Utah.

Last week, Ole Smoky it sent its first shipment into Canada.

For owner Joe Baker, it’s the sign that the product he chose to make in his home county has become a huge hit.

“It’s quite a blessing to be able to have a product that’s in great demand, and to do it out of your hometown is pretty special,” he said.

He didn’t expect it to take off the way it has. “For me it’s more about sharing our culture with other parts of the world,” he said. “Even though Canada’s our neighbor, I’m happy to see a product from Gatlinburg shipped across national boarders and shared with folks in a different country.”

His partner, Cory Cottongim, sees it the same way. “It’s good for the company, but it’s good for Gatlinburg, too. Each of those jars says ‘Gatlinburg’ on the label.”

The first order went to the province of British Columbia, Cottongim said. The sellers have already asked for more.

“We’ve already got a reorder in within a week so that’s a pretty good sign it’s going to go over really well,” he said. “We’re awfully excited by it

jfarrell@themountainpress.com