Ole Smoky: ‘Mountain dew’ term should be open to all spirits

Tennessee-based moonshine producer Ole Smoky has filed a motion for the term ‘mountain dew’ to be used for distilled spirits as part of its ongoing trademark battle with soft drinks giant PepsiCo. Ole Smoky acquired the rights to the name ‘Mountain Dew’ in 2015 from John Robert McCulloch, who sold spirits under the name in 2011. McCullock inherited the brand name from his ancestor, Kentucky distiller John W McCulloch, who began selling ‘Mountain Dew’ spirits…

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Ole Smoky reports record visitors to its distilleries

Tennessee-based spirits producer Ole Smoky welcomed 4.1 million visitors to its distilleries in 2018, marking a record year for the company. The Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler in Gatlinburg attracted two million visitors, while Gatlinburg’s Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse saw more than 900,000 guests step through its doors. Ole Smoky’s Pigeon Forge distillery, The Barn, reported 1.1m guests last year. Each Ole Smoky distillery offers visitors self-guided tours, tastings, live music and large retail stores that…

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