Pam Sutton, widow of legendary Moonshiner and folk hero Popcorn Sutton, joins forces with Sevier County and Ole Smoky Founder Joe Baker will bring Original popcorn recipes at the market.
The collaboration is built on a shared goal of celebrating Appalachian heritage and paying homage to the local whiskey icon.
“My family has lived in the mountains of East Tennessee for over 200 years and moonlight is just part of our culture,” Baker says. “I have always respected our history and heritage and making moonshine whiskey is a big part of our history. To be entrusted with the opportunity to honor Popcorn Sutton and share its true American whiskey – and a bit of our local history, to boot – is truly special.
“These sites are natural places to showcase Popcorn Sutton’s recipes, as many of them are central to Appalachian moonshine culture. Popcorn paved the way for us,” Baker continued. “We keep a piece of him – and that culture – alive with every bottle. »
The two new Popcorn Sutton products pay tribute to the know-how and artistic talent of the Appalachian native. One of the products is a 100 Proof blend of straight bourbon whiskeys blended from barrels sourced from Tennessee and North Carolina, two states where Popcorn calls home. The other product, Popcorn’s Likker, is derived from Popcorn’s original moonshine recipe.
Popcorn Likker is distilled from a blend of cane and grain, and 100 Proof, which was Popcorn’s preferred proof. As a tribute to its deep roots in the region, Ole Smoky maintains local production at its Newport, Tennessee, factory, which employs nearly 300 people.
“This partnership not only celebrates our shared roots in Appalachia, but also benefits the community in which we operate,” notes Baker. “Pam and I think Popcorn would appreciate it if we continued to make their products right here in East Tennessee.”
About Ole Smoky Distillery
Ole Smoky is the world’s leading premium moonshine distiller, the leading craft distiller in the United States, and the first federally licensed distillery in East Tennessee history. Founded in 2010, Ole Smoky’s roots date back to the early settlers of the Smoky Mountains, families who produced moonshine with an enduring pride and Appalachian spirit. Ole Smoky has been recognized on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America for three consecutive years – 2020, 2021 and 2022, and received the 2022 Impact Hot Brand Award from Shanken Communications and Growth Awards Brand Awards 2023. from Beverage Information Group. Today, Ole Smoky’s 25 creative moonshine flavors and 17 inventive whiskey flavors are available in all 50 states, 20 countries and at the company’s four famous distilleries in Tennessee: The Holler and The Barrelhouse in Gatlinburg, The Barn in Pigeon Forge and 6th & Peabody in Nashville. For more information, please visit olesmoky.com and follow Ole Smoky on social media @olesmoky.
About Popcorn Sutton Distillery
Popcorn Sutton Distillery honors the enduring legacy of Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton, the iconic Appalachian moonshiner from Cocke County, Tennessee. We are committed to preserving and sharing Popcorn recipes that capture the essence of mountain culture in every mouthful of its likker. With a distinguished product line that includes a blend of 100% pure bourbon whiskey and its authentic moonshine whiskey, we celebrate the craftsmanship of Appalachian heritage while keeping the spirit of Popcorn Sutton alive. Irreverent and wild, Popcorn whiskey is the point where tradition and know-how converge in each batch. Learn more about popcornsutton.com and follow Popcorn Sutton on Facebook at Sutton Popcorn Distillery.