Located at: 806 E. Gov. John Sevier Hwy., Knoxville, TN 37920
A Little Heritage In Every Jar
Owner and Founder Rod Parton grew up in the Mountains of East TN and was first introduced to the backwoods side of Moonshining when he was around 11 years old. This practice was first started in his family in 1934 by his great-grand pap to support the family in hard times. At 18 Rod Parton joined the Army and after Airborne training, spent 4 years with the 82nd Airborne Division before being sent to Germany and then to Iraq for Operation Desert Storm. He would leave the military and spend another 28 years in public service as a TN State Trooper and a Fire Fighter on the dive team specializing in rescue and recovery. Now as a disabled veteran Rod wants to bring the original taste (not the commercial stuff that is out there) of East Tennessee Moonshine to South Knoxville where he first moved to at the age of 13 when his mom went to work for the University of Tenn., it was there that his blood turned orange and Rod has been a die-hard UT fan ever since! Here we will make our Big Orange Moonshine to enjoy while watching your favorite UT Sport! All of our spirits will be made in small batches and our door is open for tours so everyone can see and smell the mash as it works off. At Drop Zone Distilling we want to be known as the distillery that gives back to our community. We plan to work with several organizations to help our community continue to grow.