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The First Two Years

Those First 11 cases, sold out and in backorder within 48 hours. Whew!

Those First 11 cases, sold out and in backorder within 48 hours. Whew!


The early days of making whiskey cuts in a pint jelly jar.

Glen and I have something about twos. Our birthdays, both in December, are on days ending in twos. Our punkin’ was born the second month of 2010. And for two years this past weekend, we began making our first batches of moonshine. Back then it was with a 10-gallon still made from a lobster pot, that sat near the barn door of our previous horse barn, and we spent those weekends in June, making our first 11 cases of 100 proof corn whiskey to ship to WVABCA in Nitro, WV, in the hopes of selling to the stores in the Eastern Panhandle and throughout the state. It takes two weeks to make moonshine, grain to jar as we say, with two main ingredients, local corn and local water.

Photo Credit: Rick Dugan


Glen discussing corn harvesting with Lyle Tabb, our corn supplier with the next generation Tabb

It was about family and friends, coming together, and bringing back a part of our culture and heritage through a shared experience around a jar, something sorely missing in today’s busy society. A dear friend and mentor told us to capture as much of these moments in photo, because we’ll blink and it will change fast. I can’t believe how much has changed, and yet we are still here on the weekends, bringing family and friends, old and new, together over stories and tasting the promise of our yearling bourbon whiskey.

Two years later and we have grown to a second building for production and opened our doors for folks to come a visit our whiskey making distillery life as it unfolds.

Before the storm January 2016

Installing the new destillers, 150-gallon each!

The Horse Barn, now a tasting room and for barrel aging bourbon


Ribbon cutting ceremony, June 3, 2016










Click on link here to view a feature on our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on local WHAG-TV.

Time to Shine!

8.5x5.5_frontThe moment we’ve been waiting six months for is finally here – our distillery is open! All the months of dreaming, researching, testing and waiting (the hardest part), have brought us to unveiling a product our family can be proud to call our own.

Also, a big “Thank You” to all our friends and family for being a part of this journey. We are just beginning …

Our first product at Black Draft Distillery is here and ready to make it’s official debut, First Harvest Moonshine.

Those who sip it neat or enjoy a shot will love that “kick” you’re looking for in an unaged whiskey. Those who like to cocktail will find the hint of sweetness from grains and corn to be pleasing, yet not overpowering.

It’s the best of both worlds – right here from West Virginia!