Pinchgut Hollow Distillery

  • Welcome! Take a virtual tour of our traditional whiskey distilling process and learn about the history of our whimsical bottles.

  • In the old days, whiskey was often sold in pig shaped bottles. This one is from the 1800's.

  • In keeping with Appalachian tradition, we have created our own unique bottle for our family recipe whiskey.

  • Join us in our beautiful valley home, and learn more about our traditional, hand crafted distilling process in person as well. Tours available with the owners.

  • First, various grains are weighed in preparation for milling and cooking.

  • Milled grain is added to heated water to make the mash mixture.

  • This picture shows the mash being poured into the straining tank for cooling and separation.

  • The resulting liquid is pumped into the fermenter.

  • Fermented liquid is run through a 140 gallon capacity potstill.

  • This is the traditional way of checking proof. Mick Heston shakes the alcohol and observes the bubble formation at the top.

  • Notice the formation of bubbles. This is about 120 proof, which is confirmed by a hydrometer.

  • Spent grain is removed from the strainer tank. This grain is not fermented and will be used to feed our cows.

  • Mick and Michael Heston enjoying a break at the end of a long day.

  • Honey Peach Moon and Apple Pie Shine are also traditional favorites.

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Mon – Sat
11 am – 9 pm
11 am – 3 pm


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(304) 366 - WINE


Pinchgut Hollow Distillery is an Americana craft distillery located in Fairmont, WV and is family owned and operated. Recipes handed down through generations have been painstakingly restored to be shared with the world. Family tradition meets local farming and artisan crafts. West Virginia buckwheat is used to create one of the most unique whiskeys in the world.

Restaurant hours are Mon - Sat 11am - 9pm, and Sun 11am - 5pm (Sunday Brunch 11:00am - 2:30pm, wine served at 1pm).