One of the nation’s fastest-growing spirits companies, Ole Smoky Distillery, announced last week that they donated $35,000 to Friends of the Smokies. 

Friends of the Smokies is a non-profit organization in East Tennessee that helps assist the National Park Service in its mission to protect and preserve the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s the most visited National Park in the nation.

Blackberry Moonshine

Blackberry Moonshine

In November, the distillery began selling a Limited Edition “Friends of the Smokies Blackberry Moonshine” to help support the preservation of the National Park. The recent donation came from a portion of the sales on this limited-edition batch.

“We are committed to helping our neighbors in East Tennessee and are thrilled that so many Ole Smoky fans purchased our commemorative ‘Friends of the Smokies’ Blackberry Moonshine. We will continue to support this important effort throughout the year and look forward to welcoming back millions of Great Smoky Mountain visitors in 2021,” said Robert Hall, CEO, Ole Smoky Distillery.

The commemorative Ole Smoky “Friends of the Smokies Blackberry Moonshine” is still available for purchase. It is sold at three of their four distilleries — Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Nashville. Throughout 2021, there will be additional Ole Smoky Distillery events and activities to supports Friends of the Smokies.

Ole Smoky Distillery Donation

Ole Smoky Distillery Donation

“Partnering with Ole Smoky Distillery was a perfect match raising both awareness and money for the programs that we support in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Proceeds from the sale of commemorative jars of Ole Smoky Blackberry Moonshine will support the ongoing historic preservation of the largest collection of Appalachian structures. We are so thankful for the generous support from Ole Smoky and the opportunity to share the mission of Friends of the Smokies with the millions of tourists that visited their distilleries. Thanks to everyone that purchased a jar or two and being a Friend of the Smokies, what a tasty way to raise money,” said Tim Chandler, Executive Director & CEO of Friends of the Smokies.