Gatlinburg’s Mountain Mall has long been home to a range of attractions, shopping destinations, and places to sip local spirits. With the introduction of Tennesse Cider Company in 2019, visitors now have another great option for beating the heat and enjoying locally made adult beverages.
The design of the new cidery is a perfect blend of clean, modern lines and old school distillery. On our first trip there, we loved seeing the wooden cider barrels stacked along one wall, and the gleaming stainless steel tanks where the cider magic happens. In contrast, the bar is bright white tile that wouldn’t look out of place in a swanky downtown cafe.
We immediately found the setting refreshing and relaxing on a hot day, and bellied up to the bar to try out some free samples. Like many local moonshine distilleries and wineries, Tennessee Cider Company is happy to offer free tastings to all adults with valid ID. With 6 options on tap, and tastings limited to 4 per person, our party decided to sample a variety so we could each try a little sip of everything.
Tennessee Cider Company’s current flavors include their traditional Red Apple, which we found to be tart, crisp, and with a clean finish. It’s a really good “traditional cider,” and an awesome option for beer drinkers who prefer something a little less sweet. For the sweet tooths out there, the Golden Apple offers a unique, sweeter cider that goes down quickly and easily. For the more adventurous, Tennessee Cider Company features a rotation of other seasonal ciders, which include Citrus Mash, a blend of mango, orange, and tangerine, Watermelon, Pineapple, and Blueberry. While these fruity ciders run on the sweeter side, we found them all to be refreshing and distinct, with the Blueberry really rising up to be a fan favorite. All ciders are 6.9 % alcohol, which is a little on the stronger side if you tend to drink lighter beers or store-bought ciders, so pace yourself accordingly!
Before you visit, call ahead or check out their social media pages to confirm what fresh flavors they’ve got in stock, or just roll up ready to try whatever they’re pouring that day. We found everything to be delicious and were happy to purchase a growler to share in the cidery as we enjoyed the cool AC and ample bar and table seating. We even worked up a bit of an appetite and ordered from their small menu of bites. While the menu is limited, the options are pretty great: succulent pork sliders followed up with a round of apple fritters a la mode was the perfect snack to chase down our cider.
If you’re in the mood to try some local spirits, but want something a little different than moonshine, Tennessee Cider Company is a must-stop spot in Gatlinburg. Cheers!
– As of this writing, Tennesse Cider Company is not yet able to sell ciders by the glass, but customers are welcome to open a purchased bottle to enjoy in the store. Discounts are available on multiple bottles, so it’s easy enough to kick back with a few friends and enjoy a round or two on a leisurely afternoon.