Distilleries and Spirits in the Georgia Mountains

If you are looking for something fun with an opportunity to sample a strong drink, then make plans to visit one of the unique distilleries in the North Georgia mountains!

Grandaddy Mimm’s Distillery and Gift Shop

Grandaddy Mimm’s Distillery and Gift Shop

Take a distellery tour or stay in the tasting room to sample a flight of your choice of drinks. Or, choose to attend an event and help raise money for a good cause! There are many ways to enjoy a trip to a Georgia mountain distillery.

Map of Local Distilleries in the North GA Mountains

This interactive map can help you locate the local meadery or ciderhouse that is located closest to you.

Local Distilleries and Spirits in GA Mountains

Learn more about Appalachia and the history of moonshine, xxx, white lightning, firewater, or whatever you call America’s original “rebel spirit” before your trip with highly-rated moonshine books.

 

Grandaddy Mimm’s Distillery and Gift Shop (Blairsville)

Grandaddy Mimm’s has the distinction of being Georgia’s first legal Moonshine Distillery. However, the roots of this distillery stretch back even farther than their legal status. Visit the distillery and museum in Blairsville for a distillery tour or to sample a flight of Grandaddy Mimm’s products!

Grandaddy Mimms Moonshine Distillery Copper Kettles

Grandaddy Mimms Moonshine Distillery Copper Kettles

PRODUCTS

  • Very strong: 140 Proof Mule Kickin’ High Octane and 100 Proof Authentic Corn
  • Average stregth: 96 Proof Authentic Blueberry Moonshine, 96 Proof Authentic Peach Moonshine, and 80 Proof Authentic Apple Moonshine
  • Less strong: 40 Proof Wild Cherry Cobbler, 40 Proof Fresh Peach Cobbler, 40 Proof Blueberry Cobbler, and 40 Proof Apple Brown Betty

EVENTS

  • Grandaddy Mimm’s also acts as a concert venue, hosting concerts & songwriter’s nights!

COST

  • Distillery Tours are $5 / person (approx 20 minutes with a tour guide to learn about the history of moonshine, the story behind the company, and the intricate details of the distillation process)
  • Tastings are $5 / person (includes a taste of up to 5 products NEAT)

 HOURS

  • Monday through Saturday, 11:00 am until 6:00 pm
  • Closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day

CONTACT and VISIT

  • Call: +1 (706) 781-1829
  • Address: 161 Pappys Plaza, Blairsville, GA
  • Website: GrandaddyMimms.com

REVIEWS & SOCIAL MEDIA

  • FACEBOOK: @GrandaddyMimmsMoonshineDistillery Rated 4.9 (5 Facebook reviews), 6640 Likes
  • INSTAGRAM: @grandaddymimms 1112 Followers
  • TripAdvisor: Rated 4.5 (37 TripAdvisor reviews)
  • YELP: Rated 4.5 (14 YELP reviews)

RM Rose Company Distillery (Dillard)

The RM Rose Company Distillery is a small distillery offering free tours and tastings, 7 days a week.

RM Rose Copper Pot Distilled Spirits

RM Rose Copper Pot Distilled Spirits

HOURS

  • Monday through Friday, 10:00 am until 5:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am until 6:00 pm

CONTACT and VISIT

  • Call: +1 (706) 982-8115
  • Address: 890 Franklin St, Dillard, GA
  • Website: RMRoseCo.com

REVIEWS & SOCIAL MEDIA

  • FACEBOOK: @RMRoseCompany Rated 5 (95 Facebook reviews), 1900+ Likes
  • TripAdvisor: Rated 5 (30+ TripAdvisor reviews)
  • YELP: Rated 5 (4 YELP reviews)

Moonrise Distillery (Clayton)

Established in 2012, Moonrise Distillery is located in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains as you enter the city of Clayton, Georgia. Georgia Bourbon and Rye Whiskey are handcrafted using locally sourced grains, deep well mountain spring water, with traditional methods and equipment.

Enjoy souvenir tours, tastings, and craft cocktails that highlight the personality and presence of the spirits. Spend a couple hours at the distillery and see how we use traditional methods and equipment to craft the best products possible. Take advantage of the large front porch, event lawn, or see a band on the event stage.

Moonrise Distillery Georgia Mountains

Moonrise Distillery Georgia Mountains

Moonrise Ambassador Club

Join and enjoy special events, access to unique Ambassador product offerings and information, special discounts and the opportunity to help spread the word about Moonrise. Your name will be put on a special barrel and you get to sample and nurture it throughout it’s aging process. Once it’s ready you will get to visit Moonrise, bottle the batch, and take home a few personalized bottles.

The initial cost of $275 and annual renewal of $200/year entitles you to $5 discounts on bottle purchases, $2 discounts on cocktails, 10% merchandise discount, your own Glencairn whiskey glass to take home, and access to Ambassador only product and merchandise releases.

Tastings and tours are free for Ambassadors as they enjoy the use of an Ambassador glass during their visit.

HOURS

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 am until 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, 11:00 am until 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, 11:00 am until 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, 12:30 pm until 7:00 pm
  • Closed Wednesday
  • Last tour is at 5pm

CONTACT and VISIT

REVIEWS and SOCIAL MEDIA

  • FACEBOOK: @moonrisedistillery Rated 5 (155+ Facebook reviews), 2140+ Likes
  • TripAdvisor: Rated 5 (50+ TripAdvisor reviews)
  • YELP: Rated 5 (6 YELP reviews)

Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery (Dawsonville)

Small distillery offering tours and tastings, 7 days a week. Must be 21 or older and provide ID to receive alcoholic beverages, but anyone under 21 can be accompanied for free. Limit 1 free souvenir bottle per person per calendar day (must be over 21 years of age).

Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery in North GA

Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery in North GA

PRODUCTS

  • Georgia Corn Whiskey (86 Proof)
  • Georgia Mountain Apple Pie (60 Proof)
  • Georgia Apple Brandy (100 Proof)
  • White Lightning (109 Proof)

COST

  • $5.99 Basic Tour – a full tour of facility and education on handcrafted spirits PLUS choice of your very own shot glass
  • $29.99 Premium Tour – a full tour of facility and education on handcrafted spirits

Also be sure to check Groupon and LivingSocial for limited time specials on tours, tastings, and souvenir shot glass specials!

HOURS

  • Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am until 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, 12:30 pm until 5:00 pm

CONTACT and VISIT

REVIEWS & SOCIAL MEDIA:

  • FACEBOOK: @officialdawsonvillemoonshinedistillery Rated 4.9 (320+ Facebook reviews), 12850+ Likes
  • TripAdvisor: Rated 4.5 (80+ TripAdvisor reviews)
  • TWITTER: @moonshiners_ 290 Followers
  • YELP: Rated 5 (10 YELP reviews)

Former Distilleries in the Ga Mountains

Note that Grammy-winner Zac Brown previously operated the Z. Brown Distillery in Dahlonega, but this was closed in November 2018.

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Map of Local Distilleries in North GA Mountains

Map of Local Distilleries in North GA Mountains

15 Responses

  1. wes says:

    Hi,

    I thought this post was great, the pictures are very visual. I like my spirits but I do not know anything about whiskey. Going to a distillery would be a great learning experience. And the prices are very reasonable along with the good music and other attractions, this is a great weekend trip to do. It doesn’t look family-friendly so I know to leave the kids at home.  

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Wes, These are fun types of experiences where you get to learn about something and then immediately sample the product to bring the lesson together!

  2. Kara says:

    I worked at a local vodka distillery near my home for almost 4 years so I have an extreme appreciation for spirits and the way they are made. On top of the fact they make all these amazing flavors that I would love to try, they also have this paired with such beautiful atmosphere I can’t imagine how it could get any better than this.

    Their tours are the perfect length and such a cheap cost! This is so reasonable, I will definitely have to plan a trip here sometime soon. I have my eyes on the Peach Cobbler 🙂 

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Alyce says:

      Very nice – that is a lot of relevant experience!! I’m also interested in the fruity moonshine flavors available as they look super refreshing!

  3. Stacy says:

    My hubbie and I are huge fans of the Appalachian mountains.  We live in a small town in rural PA right off the Appalachian trail.  The scenery is beautiful to experience.  I love your guide to moonshine.  We have friends who have gotten into making their own at home who I know would be intrigued by taking a tour of one of your recommendations to see professionals create their products.  Of the four you recommend which one is your favorite?  Cheers from the Northern Appalachian Trail!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Stacy and the Northern Appalachian Trail!  If all of the distilleries look equally as interesting, I’d recommend checking out Grandaddy Mimm’s Distillery. They have a wide variety of drinks that range from a strength of 40 proof and go up to 140 proof! They also have a lot of different flavors which may appeal to more people in your group. I hope you enjoy these Georgia mountain distilleries!

  4. Gomer says:

    Although based on the picture shown, that picture of the distillery where you can see on the background some wooden panels, this can’t be a home-based business but rather a full-blown manufacturer of alcoholic drink in Georgia. As a pharmacist myself, I don’t usually take a drink from home-based businesses as there’s a chance they’ll miss the monitoring and prevention of producing Methanol instead of Ethanol. But this one from Georgia seems more professional than those home-based gin manufacturers in the Philippines. I’d like to make a visit, take a tour of the facility, and test it myself how does a Georgian Corn Whiskey taste like. 

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Gomer, No need for concern — these distillers are licensed so you should feel comfortable knowing they are held to product quality regulations. 

  5. Kim says:

    I liked the posts on distilleries.  You did a great job of providing a lot of information in very organized and informative way.  You gave me information about all of the various distilleries, what they showcase a little bit about them, pricing and contact information without it being jumbled and overwhelming.  I have really only been to Atlanta and Savannah GA, though, I drove through it to go to college.  I never actually thought about visiting distilleries or the history they have in GA.  Thank you for that.

  6. Ibrahim says:

    Omg!  I grew up in a household without alcohol and I only recently started drinking in social settings.  My problem is because I didn’t grow up with it, I never know what to get. I prefer liquor over beer though, I just don’t like the taste of beer.  

    I don’t like the taste of liquor either, but it get’s you drunk faster!  You might make fun of me for this, but one of my favorite drinks is Mike’s hard lemonade.  I know, I know, I can feel you rolling your eyes through the screen.  I don’t mind drinking as long as I don’t have that strong alcohol taste.  Do you have anything you can recommend for someone like me?

     

    • Alyce says:

      Haha, you’re cracking me up! Don’t apologize for what you like or don’t like. I noticed that Grandaddy Mimms Moonshine has a page of recipes that look pretty tasty… They also have a lot of different fruit-based flavors so you might just find a new favorite there. 

      Cheers! 

      Alyce

  7. Jackson kenny says:

    Great post you have here…It’s nice to see that there are such great distilleries in Georgia. I plan to visit sometime soon and maybe I’ll be at the mountains to go on one of this tours. The tours are really cheap, makes me ask if the liquor is good but I’ll check it out anyway… Great post

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Jackson, the cheap (or free) tours are great because it’s an easy way to get familiar with the drinks without the commitment to spend so much money on a full bottle of booze. It’s always nice to have the opportunity to “try before you buy”. 

      Cheers!

  8. Scott Hinkle says:

    Thanks for this interesting post!

    I thought moonshine was still illegal LOL.  I didn’t realize that legal forms of moonshine existed.

    I’m not sure when I’ll next be in Georgia (it was much more often when I lived in Florida) but I’ll be sure to visit a couple of these when I am.

    Of the options listed here, what would be your top two? Just in case I have to pick the best ones.

    Thank you,

    Scott

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Scott, I do believe that the backyard stills remain illegal, but as long as you get a license it’s all good. 

      I’d recommend the RM Rose Company Distillery just because it’s free, so you really have nothing to lose by checking it out. The others are also good bets, so I’d recommend trying out the one that you’re closest to, as the 3 are fairly spread out among the Ga mountains.

      Cheers!

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