Mountain Mama Moonshine
Mountain Mama Moonshine was established on June 17, 2015 in the small West Virginia community of Man. The distillery is the first legal moonshine distillery in Logan County, licensed to owners Bill Copley, Christopher Trent, and Kevin Brown. The idea to create a distillery led to a wide variety of reactions among locals, from opposition to support. To learn more about this distillery, or the history of moonshine in this region, please click on the links below.
Backstory and Context
Supporters of the plan to create a distillery hope that it will create jobs and an attraction that could attract visitors to the small town. Man is a located along the popular Hatfield and McCoy trails and the moonshine distillery has attracted numerous daytrippers along those trails. The distillery was built for people to tour the building, taste the liquor, and buy their products being made.
Some religious residents opposed the creation of the distillery, but shortly after its creation, most residents have welcomed the business to their town and hope that it could spur new industries in an area facing economic transition as coal mining continues to decline owing to market forces and regulatory action. For many, Man's future and that of the region lies in attracting tourists and small businesses like this distillery.