When it’s time to leave the Grains & Grits festival you don’t have to be sad because, with the location of the festival, you can easily hop onto the TN Whiskey Trail! Travel to different hotspot locations for distillers all around Tennessee, starting east and working your way to the west. Not only will you be able to taste great spirits, but also immerse yourself in the southern state’s history, as well as try all sorts of tasty foods. If you are looking to continue your exploration, take a look at what the trail has to offer you!

Gatlinburg

Typically when people think of the Great Smoky Mountains, they associate it with the great city of Gatlinburg. This booming place is a major hotspot for tourists coming to either shop, explore, or stay. It has everything a visitor needs to fall in love with the nature-filled location including distilleries for whiskey and/or moonshine lovers. Whether you are looking for the classic moonshine taste or something with a twist, Gatlinburg’s distillers have what you crave. As you begin your next journey once Grains & Grits festival is over, come try out these various signature flavors from the distillers below such as Apple Pie Moonshine, Java Moonshine, Dark Chocolate Coffee Cream, and even Maple Bacon.

Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery
Ole Smoky Whiskey Distillery
Doc Collier
Sugarlands Distilling Company

Pigeon Forge

Just like with Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge is another popular location that tourists love spending time in when exploring the Smokies. It is home to several fun attractions including Dollywood, WonderWorks, Dixie Stampede, and more. Not to mention the infamous country singer Dolly Parton calls this place home as well. However, it is also a great spot for distilleries. For those who enjoy a good drink with a variety of flavor options, be sure to drop by the following locations to try out all of their drinks made with home-style flavors that will make your taste buds happy. Don’t forget to take some with you for your next location!

Thunder Road Distillery
Tennessee Legend Distillery
Cocke County Moonshine Distillery
Bootleggers Distillery
Old Forge Distillery
Ole Smoky Barn Distillery

Knoxville

Knoxville is known for having a lot of history with it being one of the oldest cities in the southern state. It also has unique distilleries, many that take craftsmanship to another level. After visiting a Vols football game, drop into one of these distillers to try out their local spirits made from Tennessee honeycombs and grains. Some even serve their organic moonshine and whiskey with infamous southern dishes such as chicken and waffles and mash-fed beef burgers. While you’re there, take advantage of Knoxville’s many distillery tours to get an inside look at how everything is made.

Jug Creek Distillery
Short Mountain Distillery
Knox Whiskey Works
PostModern Distilling

Chattanooga

Follow the trail down to the end of the Appalachian Mountains where you will find the beautiful city of Chattanooga. This location is rich with history and beautiful sites such as the underground waterfall, Ruby Falls, as well as the infamous Chattanooga train. This place is a must for tourists interested in exploring the outdoors even further, as well as fans of whiskey. Their local micro-distillery, Chattanooga Whiskey Co., is right across from the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo so once you are finished, you can learn more about the city. Make sure to linger around a bit to truly take in all that Chattanooga has to offer before heading off to your next destination.

Chattanooga Whiskey Co.

Lynchburg & Tullahoma

Your next stop is a favorite for many Jack Daniel’s fans because they get to see how everything works at the infamous distillery. Make sure to sign up for one of their 1.5 hours tour in Lynchburg to learn more history about the place, as well as taste various samples. At the George Dickel Distillery, you can also get the behind the scenes look as you watch them mash the grains to make spirits or oversee the chill-charcoal mellowing process that gives Dickel its smooth taste. Explore all five distilleries located around the Lynchburg/Tullahoma area but don’t forget to leave room for a delicious dinner!

George Dickel Distillery
Jack Daniel Distillery
Southern Pride
Tenn South Distillery
Prichard’s Distillery

Nashville

Nashville is typically the location where the TN Whiskey Trail begins, but the great thing is that you really can begin wherever you desire! Make sure that you do drop in to take in Tennessee’s state capital that is home to fine cuisine, country music, and as you may have guessed, wonderful distillers. After you have soaked in the Honky-Tonk atmosphere, be sure to try out the distilleries scattered all around Music City. Each has their own unique spirits and culture.

Corsair Distillery
Nelson’s Greenbrier Distillery
Pennington Distilling Company
Old Glory Distilling Co.
Nashville Craft Distillery

Franklin & Leiper’s Fork

Located near Nashville is Franklin and Leiper’s Fork, both home to areas that were once a part of the Civil War. If you are interested in all the rich history that occurred in these towns, take advantage of their many tours, some that even features dramatic reenactments of the Civil War. Once you have taken it all in, be sure to visit the small-batch distilleries that have something for you to enjoy. Try out flavors that all pay homage to Tennessee including Tennessee Dry Gin, Tennessee Rye Whiskey, and more.

Leiper’s Fork Distillery
H Clark Distillery

Memphis

There couldn’t be a better stop to finish your journey with than Memphis. Home to the tastiest barbeque, blues music, Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion, and tons more, you may not want to leave. Make sure this final stop is one to remember by visiting the family ran Old Dominick Distillery housed in a 1920s-era warehouse. It has since then been renovated to make room for tasting rooms in addition to plenty of space for events and a restaurant. Try out their spirits for a taste you won’t forget.

Old Dominick Distillery

Although leaving the TN Whiskey Trail may be the hardest part of the trip (besides leaving Grains & Grits), there is good news — you can work your way back to do it all over again. For more southern adventures and excursions, be sure to stay up to date with Roll N South! We have everything you need to make your travels worthwhile.