From the days before Prohibition, eastern Kentuckians have endeavored to refine and maintain their best-kept secret family recipes for distilling the perfect batch of moonshine. Those time-honored traditions and mountain spirit have been preserved across Appalachian communities by today’s family-run distilleries, where you can experience Kentucky’s legendary distilling past and savor its world-renowned rich cultural heritage.
Sample handcrafted moonshine at the Pauley Hollow Distillery in Forest Hills sitting on the Kate Camp Branch stream which draws its spring water from the original McCoy well, the site of the world-famous Hatfield & McCoy clash of New Year’s Eve in 1888. Learn how cultural influences, such as bluegrass music and mountain legends are woven into distilling traditions at Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery in Pikeville.
Trace historic scenic routes once scouted and used by original moonshiners and bootleggers in The Kentucky Wildlands at the Moonshiner’s Hollow Interpretive Trail (featuring 18 learning stations describing abundant indigenous plants and wildlife) in pristine Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park. And celebrate Kentucky’s rich moonshine heritage and cultural traditions at events and festivals, such as the 4-day Moonshiners Ball held annually in the Daniel Boone National Forest, featuring all genres of music, multiple local food vendors and on-site distilling workshops held by Kentucky’s finest distillers.