Corn, a chief ingredient in W.Va. whiskey.

Distilleries in West Virginia produce some of the best whiskeys in the eastern U.S. The state has long been known for its exceptional spirits — famously its rye, produced early in the Monongahela Valley, the taxation of which led to the of the 1790s.

Distillers in West Virginia and neighboring mountain states were infamous for their often violent defense of the production of whiskey during Prohibition, from 1920 to 1933, and to their resistance to taxation and the state and local prohibition of alcohol at all times. “Bootleggers” were continually at odds with “revenuers” and law-enforcement officials.

Even today, homemade whiskey, or “moonshine,” is distilled illegally in some parts of West Virginia, though most whiskey is now produced in legal distilleries that provide tours and tastings.

Distilleries in West Virginia

Appalachian Distillery
3875 Cedar Lakes Drive
Ripley, WV 25271

Black Draft Distillery
1140 Kelly Island Road
Martinsburg, WV 25405

Bloomery Plantation Distillery
16357 Charles Town Road
Charles Town, WV 25414

Elkhorn Mountain Distillery
2141 Jenkins Run Road
Moorefield, WV 26836

Flying Squirrel Ranch & Farm
134 Rada
Purgitsville, WV 26852

Forks-of-Cheat Distillery
2811 Stewartstown Road
Morgantown, WV 26508

Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine
297 James Avenue
Gilbert, WV 25621

Isaiah Morgan Distillery
45 Winery Lane
Summersville, WV 26651

Pinchgut Hollow Distillery
Heston Farm
1602 Tulip Lane
Fairmont, WV 26554

Smooth Ambler Spirits
745 Industrial Park Road
Maxwelton, WV 24957

The Sweeter-Side-of-the-Feud Distillery
517 Colt Run
Spencer, WV 25276

West Virginia Distilling Company
1380 Fenwick Avenue
Morgantown, WV 26505

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