Learn more about Old Forge Distillery.
Nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Old Forge Distillery hand forges small-batch Tennessee spirits including award-winning moonshines, cream liqueurs, bourbon, vodka and its newly released Rock & Rye line. Located in the heart of the historic Old Mill Square in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Old Forge crafts spirits using stone-ground grains from The Old Mill, one of the oldest continually operated gristmills in America.
Inside the distillery, Head Distiller Keener Shanton uses freshly ground grain from the mill and pure mountain spring water to craft his award-winning small batch spirits including 1830 Original moonshine, named after the year the Old Mill was built. Keeping true to the area, Shanton draws his inspiration for his flavored moonshines, like Chocolate, French Toast, Coffee and Peach, from the nearby Old Mill Kitchens.
Old Forge distills spirits by cooking all-grain mashes in a 300-gallon mash cooker/stripping still combination, converting grain starch to fermentable simple sugars. Once the mash reaches the desired temperature, its transferred to the fermentation tanks and yeast is added. Fermentation is the process by which yeast converts simple sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide. After a 4-day fermentation period, the resultant 8-10% ABV fermented mash is ready for the still. Distilling vaporizes, separates and re-condenses the alcohol from the fermented mash. From this distillate, many different flavored spirits are made. The leftover mash is used in different products across the property (dog treats and spent grain bread) and the bulk goes to local farmers for animal feed.
Known for its heritage and its focus on innovation, Old Forge Distillery is more than just moonshine. Visitors can experience a variety of different spirits and flavors.
Old Forge Rum, a full-flavored rum distilled from molasses
Old Forge Vodka, a smooth 80-proof vodka
Old Forge Harvest Gin, made from local muscadine grapes and aged in Tennessee bourbon barrels and bottled at 92 proof.
Old Forge Reserve Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey which is aged for 10 years in white oak barrels and bottled at 89 proof.
Old Forge Cream Liqueur line inspired by flavors from the Old Mill Creamery. Flavors are available seasonally and are bottled at 34 proof. Perfect paired with vodka or moonshines or even in hot coffee.
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- Haystack (coconut)
- Chocolate & Coconut
- Peaches & Cream
- Oranges & Cream
- Cinnamon Cream
- Peanut Butter Cream
- Pumpkin Cream
- Root Beer Float
- Watermelon Taffy Cream
- Peppermint Bark Cream
Old Forge also brought back a pre-prohibition favorite liqueur with the high proof Rock & Rye line. Bottled at 86 proof. Best served on ice or with tonic water
- Peach Habanero
- Orange Rosemary
- Grapefruit Thyme
- Honey Fennel
- Ginger Lemongrass
Old Forge Moonshines are inspired from flavors across the Appalachian region and from the kitchens across The Old Mill Square. Flavors like Watermelon Taffy Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Moonshine and Oatmeal Cookie Moonshine came from the sweet treats in the Old Mill Candy Kitchen and Creamery. Visitors can sample up to 8 of our moonshines free of charge at the moonshine sample bar.
Current moonshine flavors:
- Apple Pie
- Vanilla Bean
- Bananas Foster
- French Toast
- Oatmeal Cookie
- Pumpkin Roll
- Key Lime
- 1830 Original Unaged Corn
- 1830 Original Distillers Blend (Rye)
- 1830 Original Millers Blend (Wheat)
Backwoods Cut – proof varies from 125 – 135
Old Forge Distillery, located at 170 Old Mill Ave, Pigeon Forge, TN, is a proud member of the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. For more information go to www.oldforgedistillery.com. For information about the Tennessee Whiskey Trail, go to https://www.tnwhiskeytrail.com/.
170 Old Mill Ave., at Traffic Light #7
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
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