This little distillery hidden deep in the Appalachian Mountains makes only one product: Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine. It’s made from the original Hatfield family moonshine recipe passed down to Nancy Hatfield, who is a great-great-granddaughter the of notorious Devil Anse Hatfield. Hence the distillery’s catchy slogan, “The Drink of the Devil.”
Hatfield passed the recipe on to her son-in-law, Chad Bishop, who owns and operates the distillery with his wife Amber.
Produced and bottled in small batches at the distillery in Gilbert, West Virginia, they use 100% West Virginia grown corn as their main ingredient. While it may be made in slightly larger batches than it was 150 years ago, it’s still very true to its roots.
Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine, non-alcoholic mixers and souvenirs are available for purchase online. they recommend using Woods Wholesale Wine online store.
Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine and mixers are also sold in retail liquor stores in several states including West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Florida and New Jersey. Additional states will be added in the future.
You can purchase special metal flasks at the distillery. T-shirts, hats, hoodies and glassware are also available.
Bishop a moonshine ambassador
We ran into Chad Bishop recently at the halls of the West Virginia Legislature while he was helping a local tourism agency promote the attractions in his part of southern WV. Bishop said sales of his moonshine have been strong, but you have to work to keep them that way.
He encouraged people to look for whiskey made by authentic small, distillers such as himself and not to be fooled by the “moonshine” labels that are produced by large national distilling companies with no roots or facilities in Appalachia.
Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine, on the other hand, is produced, hand-bottled, corked, labeled, packed and shipped all from their facility in Gilbert, West Virginia, which is less than 8 miles from the grave of Devil Anse Hatfield and his family.
Due to the work of Bishop and other small distillers, the Legislature passed a bill that substantially lowered state fees on product the craft distilleries sold at their tasting rooms. in effect allowing the product sold at tasting rooms to become a more profitable venture. the new law took effect in June 2015.
Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine distillery began business in 2012 and put its first moonshine into distribution in November 2013. When not working in the distillery proper, Bishop spends a lot of his time out doing marketing and promotions. Since most have little in the way of an advertising budget, craft distillers will tell you that marketing is the hardest job they have. It helps tremendously if you have a back story like Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine.
Visit the Distillery
Distillery Operation Hours
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Bottles of Moonshine may be purchased at the distillery.
The tasting room serves free samples at all hours the distillery is open.
Tours are available. The distillery gift shop offers T-shirts, glassware, and other moonshine swag.
297 James Av.
Gilbert, West Virginia
Call for directions: (304) 664-2903
Distillery Website: http://www.drinkofthedevil.com