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What would Doolin do? Follow our blog like a revenuer on the tail of a midnight run for latest Thunder Road Distillery news, updates, recipes and events.

Dumplin Bluegrass Festival

If there’s one thing East Tennessee knows, it’s moonshine and music. Thunder Road Distillery is happy to help the two come together this week for the Dumplin Bluegrass Festival this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 13-15. Located at Dumplin Valley Farm in Kodak, just minutes from the distillery, the festival is celebrating its 19th year with shows every day from noon until 11 a.m. Fifteen bands will be picking and...

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Pigeon Forge Rod Run

The only thing better than cool cars is cool cars, plus $5 cocktails and free spirit samples. This Thursday - Saturday, September 13-15, the cool cars will be everywhere you look, thanks to the Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run. The cocktails and spirit samples are courtesy of Thunder Road Distillery. The three-day event, headquartered at The LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, will include thousands of street rods, classic cars, muscle...

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Tennessee Whiskey Trail

Summer is the perfect time to get your passport stamped. Especially the one that rewards with whiskey. Thunder Road Distillery is proud to be a part of the Tennessee Whiskey Trail, featuring behind-the-scenes tours of more than 30 legendary distilleries. Each stop on this perfect road trip showcases the detailed craftsmanship that goes into every bottle and jar, bringing the state’s storied history and traditions to life, and introducing you...

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4 Cocktails to Try Before the End of Summer

This summer has been the 5th hottest on record here in Tennessee, and as everyone knows, there’s no better way to beat the heat than with a cold, refreshing drink. And thanks to Tennessee’s long summers, there’s even more time to enjoy some great summer cocktails, splashed with a couple of our favorite ingredients -- moonshine and whiskey! So, while it may already be September, let’s celebrate and raise our...

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3 Moonshine Facts You Might Not Know

With its long and rich history in our region, we East Tennesseans love our moonshine. Coupled with its delicious taste, it is something our state is known for and takes pride in. However -- like anything deep in tradition -- no matter how much we think we know about moonshine, it has plenty of secrets. Here are a few little-known facts about the beloved spirit: 1. The Meaning Behind Those...

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4 Classic Rum Recipes

Here at Thunder Road, we may be known for our whiskey and moonshine -- but we make more than just that. We offer several other spirits distilled on site at our Kodak, Tennessee distillery, including vodka, rye, gin, and of course, rum. Our rum is a customer favorite, and between our three different rum spirits, there’s a flavor for everyone. Our classic Original Renegade Rum, a 92-proof silver rum, is...

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The History of Moonshine

The history of moonshine in the United States is deeply rooted in Appalachia and East Tennessee. In fact, the history of East Tennessee is almost synonymous with moonshine. Moonshining became a legitimate trade when the U.S. placed a tax on the sale of alcohol. In order to avoid paying these hefty taxes, early moonshiners had to become very methodical in their production and distribution practices. Federal Revenuers were government agents...

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Moonshine or White Whiskey?

Moonshine, corn whiskey, and white whiskey -- what’s the difference? “Clear whiskey” has been taking the liquor world by storm over the past 5 years, and there is a lot of misinformation when it comes to the differences between these spirits, so we’re here to set the record straight. What are the differences between them -- are there any differences? These are some of the questions we receive, and we’re...

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More Than Just Whiskey

At Thunder Road Distillery we strive to produce the highest quality moonshine, rum, vodka, gin and whiskey in East Tennessee. Located off of exit 407 in Kodak, Tennessee, Thunder Road Distillery is a popular destination for people travelling to Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. At Thunder Road Distillery, our whiskey is a reflection of the whiskey runner’s spirit. From Dumplin Creek flavored moonshine, to our own Thunder Road corn whiskey,...

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A Festival of Southern Spirits and Gourmet Grub

Thunder Road is proud to be part of Grains and Grits, a festival of Southern spirits and gourmet grub! You'll want to be in Townsend, Tennessee on November 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. You'll be able to meet us, taste great whiskey and interact with one of the largest gatherings of Tennessee distillers ever to assemble in one place. There will also be live entertainment and delicious food. Grains...

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