Where to Sip and Savor Georgia-made Moonshine
Whether you go all in and tour a moonshine maker's distillery or you attend a local festival named after the famous drink, Georgia is a great place to start your moonshine journey.
If you're a fan of "Awesome Bill From Dawsonville" (aka NASCAR champion Bill Elliott), you won't want to miss trying his branded spirits in his hometown. Tour the Dawsonville Distillery to get a taste of handcrafted, small batch moonshine and whiskey. Stop by the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame to learn more about NASCAR’s roots and how moonshine was a part of the start of the popular racing series.
The annual Mountain Moonshine Festival and Car Show in Dawsonville celebrates the town’s longstanding embrace of the alcoholic spirit. The late October festival fills the downtown area with family-friendly activities and displays.
In the summer, classic cars and their owners head to the Georgia mountain town of Hiawassee for the annual Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In. The three-day event features live mountain music, a real moonshine still, arts and crafts vendors, automotive vendors, and hundreds of classic cars.
A stop at Grandaddy Mimm's Distillery and Gift Shop in Blairsville will give you the opportunity to taste their many flavors of locally distilled and bottled moonshine, including their 140-proof Mule Kickin' High Octane variety. Tastings and tours are available.
Visit in September for the Moonshine Market Arts & Crafts Show, featuring regional vendors, live music, food, beer and spirits, and distillery tours.
The Dalton Distillery, located just off I-75 in downtown Dalton, isn’t just making moonshine. They also have a sunflower seed-based whiskey, which is gluten-free. Stop by Tuesday through Saturday to try a taste.
Still Pond Vineyard, Winery & Distillery in Arlington crafts their moonshine from muscadine grapes, distilling them three times to make Muscadine Moonshine. In a more traditional manner, they also make Double Barreled Moonshine and Peach Moonshine alongside two vodkas. Distillery tours are available most days.