One of the country’s fastest-growing spirit companies, Ole Smoky Distillery, has announced its partnership with Friends of the Smokies.

The non-profit organization is located in East Tennessee and assists the National Park Service to help preserve and protect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The group raises funds and public awareness, as well as providing volunteers for needed projects.

The Great Smoky Mountains Park encompasses over 800 square miles in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Ole Smoky Distillery and Friends of the Smokies are partnering together to help raise awareness and funds.

Ole Smoky Blackberry Moonshine

Ole Smoky Blackberry Moonshine

Ole Smoky Distillery has released a limited-edition Ole Smoky ‘Friends of the Smokies’ Blackberry Moonshine that is available for purchase at Ole Smoky’s Holler, Barrelhouse Distilleries, and The Barn in Pigeon Forge. They will continue their partnership, events, and activities into the 2021 year.

“The Great Smoky Mountains and Moonshine have a long and storied history together. As our proud home, Ole Smoky’s mission, vision, and values are centered around the heritage and richness of the Smokies. We are honored to partner with the Friends of the Smokies to ensure the protection of the most visited National Park in the United States. With over 12 million visitors in the last year alone, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is, by far, the most visited national park in the United States”
– Robert Hall, CEO, Ole Smoky Distillery

Many Irish and Scottish immigrants settled in the Smoky Mountains during the mid-1700’s. With them, they brought their Celtic music, later turned into bluegrass. They also brought their time-honored practice of distilling whiskey. Settlers in the Smokies used locally grown corn to make their whiskey rather than traditional malted barley like European whiskey.

“This is a wonderful way to commemorate the most-visited distillery in the world and #1 moonshine brand in the U.S. while supporting America’s most-visited national park,” said Tim Chandler, Executive Director & CEO of Friends of the Smokies. “The commitment and financial support our partners contribute is critical to the success of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Proceeds from Ole Smoky Distillery will benefit various programs that protect and preserve our beloved national park.”