Twin Creeks Distillery is nestled beneath the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and in the heart of Franklin County, Virginia.
We pride ourselves in age-old distilling methods, locally sourced ingredients, and an authentic service experience true to our ancestor's ways of living. Owner and Head Distiller, Chris Prillaman is a direct descendent of bootleggers, who all made a living making spirits in the hills and hollers of Southwest Virginia.
The family received their license to legally distill in 2015 and a good friend allowed the family to set up their legal distillery in a downtown warehouse. Production soon began and it was then and there when Twin Creeks Distillery produced and sold the first legal batch of liquor in Franklin County, Virginia's "Moonshine Capital" since prohibition. The original brand Franklin County's Finest was a sell-out and stands as a collector's item today.
When the Prillaman family opened a tasting room and store of their own, the family decided to rebrand and focus more on their personal story. The logo and name of the company are centered around the family's background. Twin Creeks is the road the family grew up on and the fiddle represents the owner's other pastime; playing old-time music. Old-time music and liquor are a unique pair that adds to Franklin County's rich heritage.
Visit Twin Creeks Distillery and witness restored and rebuilt equipment that was snagged from the woods or given to the owner from good buddies who have now passed on. A copper "submarine type" still sits in the corner at Twin Creeks Distillery. The allure it creates will make you feel as if you walked up on a still place in the woods.
Our goal is to showcase the art of making liquor, capitalize on the bootlegging history in Franklin County, Virginia and provide a true to roots product for all to enjoy.
James Walter Hatcher, best known as Mr. “Peg” Hatcher to the mountain folks sits with his bride, Eula Mae. He was a bootlegging king pin in the hills of Franklin County, Virginia during depression times and as his alias suggests, he played an old-time fiddle when he wasn’t drumming up illicit liquor business.
In February of 1935, Peg sat in a rural Virginia courthouse as he was involved in the nationally known, Great Conspiracy Trial of 1935. The conspiracy trial helped name Franklin County, Virginia the Moonshine Capital of the World and would capture national attention for years to come, even today.