By peoplestaff225
Updated December 01, 2020 07:03 PM
Dierks Bentley

If you plan on partying with country star Dierks Bentley, you ought to bring a little bit of moonshine.

The 39-year-old partnered up with Ole Smoky Distillery in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee as the drink of choice on his Sounds of Summer tour, which kicked off on June 5.

Bentley tells PEOPLE when he thinks of the whiskey beverage, it brings him back to times of sitting around with friends and listening to country music, making the partnership a natural fit.

“It’s for a good time and hanging out and blowing off some steam so it seemed like a good fit for the music I love and what I love doing professionally playing live music,” says PEOPLE Country’s Hottest Guy.

Bentley said prior to the show he will drink a moonshine, but after, he is all about domestic light beer.

“It seems to get me in the least amount of trouble,” Bentley jokes.

The singer even tows his jeep behind his bus to explore the cities he’s in and more importantly, joins fans’ tailgate parties before the show.

“I help them get their party on, and the more they party, the better we sound!” Bentley says.

To combat the issue of being away from his three children — daughters Evie, 6, Jordan, 4, and son Knox, 19 months — as well as wife Cassidy, 39, while on tour, Bentley also got his pilot’s license and will sometimes fly home after shows to quickly be back with his family.

“It’s a really good time right now with my music career but it’s also a really good time at home,” Bentley says. “I had to do it. I miss them too much.”

—Jessica Fecteau