A Taste of History...
Casey Jones Distillery, located near Hopkinsville, just 35 minutes from Land Between The Lakes, features daily tours, tastings, merchandise and more. Scroll on down to find more about the unique history of Casey Jones Distillery.
Casey Jones Distillery
2815 Witty Lane
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10a - 6p; Sunday 1p - 6p
It All Started in Land Between The Lakes
Casey Jones Distillery comes from a family history of guns, gangsters, stills and people trying to make a living.
Al Capone, the notorious gangster from Chicago, loved moonshine from Golden Pond, Kentucky – located in the heart of "Between the Rivers" – or present-day Land Between The Lakes.
Alcohol was outlawed for a period of time in the early 20th Century, known as prohibition. Capone would regularly make trips to Between the Rivers for some of the best moonshine anywhere in the country.
What made the product so special was the local stillmaker – a man named Casey Jones. The stills he designed were meticulously crafted and unique – no one could match Jones' skilled craftmanship.
With jobs scarce after World War I and with the region especially impoverished, many went to the illegal trade of moonshining. If you moonshined, you had to have Casey Jones create you one of his legendary stills. His craftsmanship and innovative design made him a legend throughout the region.
Jones built stills throughout Kentucky for over 30 years. He believed that a great still should only be comprised from copper. Steel, a cheaper alternative, was never used because it was coated with potentially lethal zinc. He had incredible engineering skills, knowing exactly how much and what gauge copper a certain size still would require.
With just a torch, a hammer, snips, crimping pliers, and a soldering iron, Jones built three-piece stills that were easy to set up and easy to move. With handles in all the right places, Jones' stills were perfect for quick transport during raids. He only charged about $20, equivalent to $350 today, a bargain for moonshiners.
Jones' bootlegging eventually caught up with him. He was caught and sentenced to two years in a West Virginia prison. Afterwards he retired, having built his last still in 1967. His grandson, Arlon "AJ" Casey Jones, used that 55-year-old still to guide the construction of the current still at Casey Jones Distillery. The original 1967 still is on display.
Today, AJ handcrafts every batch of Casey Jones Moonshine using a recipe handed down through generations of the family. A family recipe cooked in a family still – does moonshine get any better than that?
Casey Jones Distillery is open seven days a week for tours and tastings. The distillery is located about 35 minutes from the heart of Land Between The Lakes – the former site of Golden Pond, Kentucky.