GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Sugarlands Distilling Company, an East Tennessee distillery, experienced impressive growth in their fourth year of business. They saw a 50% annual growth in distribution sales, they expanded their distribution area to 24 states and added four products to their award-winning line of spirits.
Sugarlands Distilling Company employs 70 East Tennessee residents year-round, including 54 employees in their downtown Gatlinburg distillery. The downtown Gatlinburg attraction offers behind-the-scenes tours and samples of their award-winning spirits. In 2017, Sugarlands added a brand-new experience to their downtown Gatlinburg distillery – The Cocktail Kitchen – where guests can purchase handcrafted cocktails made with award-winning Sugarlands spirits. On Saturday evenings, guests are invited to the Back Porch to hear live music and enjoy a Sugarlands Saturday Night.
Sugarlands Distilling Company has continued their unique partnership with six moonshining legends from Discovery Channel’s hit television show, Moonshiners. Mark Rogers, Mark Ramsey, Digger Manes, Steven Tickle and Jim Tom Hedrick have worked with SDC distillers to perfect their ‘backwoods’ recipes and make them available to the public. This year, Sugarlands Distilling Co. added Patti Bryant to the Legends roster and is now distilling Patti’s Wild Mayhaw Moonshine. The Moonshiners are known to drop by the Gatlinburg distillery unannounced to meet guests and autograph a few of jars of ‘shine!
In 2017, Sugarlands dove head first into the whiskey world and made a splash with their Roaming Man Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey. The last release in February of 2018, consisting of 300 bottles, sold out in under 30 minutes. Roaming Man has won seven awards in spirits competitions over the past 12 months and received excellent reviews from whiskey influencers across the United States. Roaming Man earned a silver medal from the American Distilling Institute, a gold medal in the 2017 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition, gold in the 2017 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition, a gold medal in the 2018 American Crafts Spirits Association and a triple gold in the 2017 Micro Liquor Awards. Sugarlands Distilling Company will release two more batches of Roaming Man Rye Whiskey in 2018; the next release will be available for pre-sale on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, via the Roaming Man website.
“We’ve had an amazing four years since we opened the doors of our Gatlinburg distillery. We have fun making spirits and sharing them with our guests, and that has been the key to our success. With the introduction of our craft-distilled, small-batch rye whiskey, we are excited to see how far our little mountain distillery can go,” said Ned Vickers, Sugarlands Distilling Company President.
About Sugarlands Distilling Company
Sugarlands Distilling Company, located in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee offers 23 award-winning spirits including moonshine, cream liqueurs, flavored rum and rye whiskey. The downtown Gatlinburg distillery attraction sees over 1 million visitors annually and is the ‘#1 Thing to Do in Gatlinburg’ according to Trip Advisor and offers behind-the-scenes tours, hand-crafted cocktails, full, seasonal samplings. For more information about SDC, visit their website at www.sugarlands.com and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.