Buy Moonshine Made From McCoy Well Water of Feud Fame

Distilled by Pike County’s Pauley Hollow Distillery, Fuel of the Feud moonshine is made from water drawn from the McCoy well, which is located on the property where, on New Years Eve, 1888, the Hatfields attacked the McCoy homeplace, burning it to the ground. This product will become available in July, 2019, and is one of many projects planned that involves the McCoy Well property.

McCoy Well owner, and Hatfield descendant Bob Scott, along with his wife Rita, worked tirelessly over the course of the past few years, to make this product a reality.

“This product not only tastes great, but it also gives locals and visitors an opportunity to own an artifact from Hatfield McCoy Feud Country,” said Scott, who is also a Pike County Tourism CVB board member. “This is more than a drink, this is a keepsake for those who love the history, and it is something that further enhances Pike County’s tourism offerings.”

“Products are more meaningful to our visitors when they have a story attached to them,” said Jay Shepherd, Pike County Tourism CVB Marketing Director. “This is a product with a story. A Hatfield designed it using water from Randolph McCoy’s well, and a Pike County distillery distilled it.”

“Moonshine has long been part of the heritage of Appalachia and the Hatfields and McCoys,” said Ron McCoy, direct descendant of Randolph McCoy. “Like so many aspects of feud history, moonshine has its negative connotations. However, using the water from the McCoy well is a truly unique way to produce an authentic product distilled by a local business, one that promotes the unity between the families and is respectful of our mutual heritage.”     

“Keeping with the tradition of the feud, Fuel of the Feud is made from a mashbill of West Virginia corn and Kentucky rye along with malted barley and cane sugar,” said Josh Martin, owner of Pauley Hollow Distillery. “It is distilled in a copper pot still in small batches. This 100 proof moonshine has an initial sweet corn flavor with a spicy rye finish.”

Pauley Hollow Distillery’s Fuel of the Feud will be available this July, and can be purchased in Liquor stores across Kentucky.

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Hatfield McCoy Feud Driving Tour

Thousands of people from all around the world have visited Pike County, Kentucky to immerse themselves into some of America’s richest historical locales. Pike County is home to most of the significant Hatfield and McCoy feud sites, and as a result of the recent spike in the feud’s popularity, Pikeville/Pike County offers a self-guided tour of these interesting historic locales.

The Hatfield and McCoy Driving Tour is a self-guided tour that includes all historic sites, both in Kentucky and West Virginia, of the feud. Visitors are provided a Hatfield and McCoy Driving Tour brochure for free, which features step-by-step instructions for finding each feud site that is open to the public. An optional Hatfield and McCoy Driving Tour CD is available for purchase below. Both items can be found in our visitors’ center store, located in the Hampton Inn on 831 Hambley Blvd, Pikeville. The audio CD serves as a tour guide for the feud sites, and offers professional voice talent and music, which spices up the already wonderful tour.

Go to the Great Indoors This Winter in Pike County, KY

Located in the Appalachian Mountains, Pikeville/Pike County, Kentucky is becoming well known for outdoor adventure and scenic beauty. However, winter is coming fast, and while the snow covered hills of Eastern Kentucky are an attraction of their own, visitors may be more interested in exploring the great indoors of our region.

Book Lodging Online

Where to Stay

Other Great Indoor Activities this Winter

Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery

Big Sandy Heritage Museum

Stone Heritage Museum

Veteran’s Hall of Honor and Heritage Hall

Rustic Roots on Second

ACT Presents: Doublewide Texas Christmas

Jenny Wiley Theatre Presents: A Christmas Carol

Pikeville City Christmas Parade 2018

Winterfest Antique and Artisan Market

Cirque Musica Holiday presents: Wonderland

Spotlight on Moonshine: Presentations in Hatfield McCoy Feud Country

The creation of moonshine is an Appalachian tradition that runs deep into the culture of the Hatfield-McCoy feud country, Pike County, Kentucky. Known by many names, such as “white lightning”, “mountain dew” and “hooch”, this form of whisky was used for recreation, to nurse illnesses and to soothe suffering. Although frowned upon by many in “Bible Belt” Appalachia, the lack of quality employment paired with huge underground demand for whisky was too tempting for moonshiners to resist. The moonshiner’s condition is best described by Tommy Lee Jones’ character Doolittle Lynn in the popular movie “Coal Miners Daughter” by saying, “If you’re born in Kentucky you’ve got three choices; coal mine, moonshine or move it on down the line.” While this is no longer the case in progressive Pike County, Kentucky, this sentiment was very much true during our county’s history.

Moonshining is a dangerous business that requires great skill and cunning to be successful. Being notoriously illegal, half of a moonshiner’s work involved evading the law. Deadly shootouts have been known to result from the law’s relentless pursuit of moonshiners. It is also worth noting that many feudists from the Hatfield-McCoy feud were moonshiners, with Johnse Hatfield being indicted and arrested on moonshining charges during feud era. The moonshine still itself can be dangerous in the hands of a novice, and the moonshine produced can be contaminated if crafted in a poorly constructed still. While the illegal creation of whisky is still very much a concern for Appalachian law enforcement, our moonshining heritage is something we celebrate, as it is a fundamental part of what shaped Appalachia into the colorful and unique culture it is today.

Every Friday and Saturday, beginning at 11:00 a.m., Breaks Interstate Park, located on the state line between Pike County, Kentucky, and Virginia, offers a wonderful presentation on the heritage of moonshining. “This is a great activity that shows visitors how moonshine was created in the olden days. While they’re there, they’ll take in breathtaking views of the Breaks’ 1000 foot canyon, enjoy a brand new water park, and stroll through some of Kentucky and Virginia’s most beautiful hiking trails,” says Tony Tackett, Pike County Tourism CVB’s Executive Director. “Like wildlife, culture is best viewed in its natural habitat,” says Jay Shepherd, Pike County Tourism CVB’s Marketing Director. “Our region offers a unique and authentic glimpse into Appalachian culture and history that museums from outside the area can only dream of.”

This presentation would be a wonderful addition to your Hatfield McCoy Feud Tour getaway. Experience something different on your vacation; experience unique Appalachian hospitality and heritage. Contact Pike County Tourism CVB for hotel and Hatfield McCoy Feud tour reservations, (800) 844-7453.