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Southern Kentucky Distillery Joins The Moonshine Trail

We are thrilled to announce that Southern Kentucky Distillery has officially joined the prestigious Moonshine Trail! This significant milestone highlights our dedication to producing premium spirits and celebrates the rich history and heritage of distilling in Cumberland County. Nestled in the scenic Foothill Mountains of the Appalachia mountains, our distillery stands as a beacon of innovation, craftsmanship, and tradition.

Historical Journey

Cumberland County’s journey with alcohol production is a remarkable tale of resilience and transformation. For decades, the county remained “dry,” adhering to Prohibition laws long after they were lifted nationwide. It wasn’t until 2016 that residents voted to turn Cumberland County “wet,” allowing the legal production and sale of alcohol. This pivotal change paved the way for a renaissance in the local distilling industry.

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The Origins of Southern Kentucky Distillery

The story of Southern Kentucky Distillery is one of passion, dedication, and a deep connection to our roots. Founded in 2022 by three local partners, our distillery was born out of a desire to bring the rich traditions of Southern Appalachian moonshining into the modern era. Each founder brought unique skills and a shared commitment to quality, authenticity, and innovation.

At the heart of our distillery is a mission to honor the age-old techniques passed down through generations while embracing modern advancements in distillation. This blend of old and new is evident in every bottle we produce, from our sweet and flavorful Slate Fork Moonshine to our meticulously crafted Broadhead Bourbon. By using locally sourced grains and purified water from nearby limestone springs, we ensure that each spirit reflects the region’s unique terroir.

Today, we take pride in being the first to produce “legally distilled” alcohol in Cumberland County since Prohibition, marking a new era for our community.

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Unique Location

Southern Kentucky Distillery is nestled in the picturesque Foothill Mountains of Appalachia, a location that is as beautiful as it is strategic. Positioned between the shimmering waters of Lake Cumberland, Dale Hollow Lake, and the Cumberland River, our distillery enjoys a scenic backdrop that attracts thousands of visitors yearly. Water enthusiasts, fishermen, and nature lovers flock to this area, making it an ideal destination for locals and tourists.

Our unique location offers breathtaking views and the perfect setting for a memorable distillery experience. Visitors can enjoy a comprehensive tour of our facilities, take in the stunning surroundings, and learn about the intricate distillation process. The dramatic temperature changes in the region further contribute to the character of our spirits, as they allow the barrels to expand and contract, infusing the bourbon with rich, complex flavors.

By situating our distillery in this vibrant and visually stunning area, we aim to create a destination that celebrates Southern Kentucky’s natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Whether you’re a local resident or visiting from afar, Southern Kentucky Distillery offers an experience that is as enriching as it is enjoyable.

Joining the Moonshine Trail

We are elated to announce that Southern Kentucky Distillery has joined the prestigious Moonshine Trail, a network that celebrates the rich history and craftsmanship of moonshining in the United States. This inclusion marks a significant milestone for our distillery and provides us with an incredible opportunity to share our passion for moonshine with an even broader audience.

“We are thrilled to join the Moonshine Trail and share our passion for moonshine with a wider audience,” said Junior Cecil, one of the co-founders of Southern Kentucky Distillery. “Our unique location offers breathtaking views and rich history and allows us to connect with many potential customers from the South and Midwest. We believe our distillery tours will provide a memorable experience, showcasing the craftsmanship and heritage of our spirits.”

As part of the Moonshine Trail, we offer comprehensive tours that give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at our distillation process. Guests can witness the intricate steps in creating our premium spirits, from fermentation to bottling. The tour also includes our beloved Slate Fork Moonshine tastings and the exceptionally smooth Ancient Sun Vodka. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the fascinating history of bourbon production in Cumberland County, gaining a deeper appreciation for the dedication and skill that goes into every bottle.

Cultural and Economic Impact

Adding Southern Kentucky Distillery to the Moonshine Trail is more than just a feather in our cap—it’s a testament to the region’s growing reputation as a hub for quality spirits. Our participation in the trail highlights the cultural significance of distilling in Kentucky and promises to boost local tourism and strengthen community ties.

By attracting visitors to our distillery, we contribute to the local economy and provide a platform for sharing our rich heritage. The increased foot traffic from the Moonshine Trail will benefit nearby businesses, from restaurants to hotels, creating a positive ripple effect throughout the community. Moreover, our commitment to using locally sourced ingredients supports regional farmers and suppliers, reinforcing our dedication to the local economy.

Joining the Moonshine Trail also fosters a sense of camaraderie among distilleries in the area. It allows us to share best practices, collaborate on events, and collectively celebrate the art of distilling. This shared heritage and mutual support enrich the community, creating a vibrant and welcoming environment for residents and visitors.

Join Us for a Tour and Tasting:

Come and explore the beauty of the Foothill Mountains of Appalachia, discover the art of distilling, and enjoy the warmth of Southern hospitality. Book a tour today and taste the passion and craftsmanship in every bottle of Southern Kentucky Distillery’s moonshine, bourbon, and vodka.

Book your tour now and join our growing community of enthusiasts.

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