Spirits seem as old as Appalachia itself. The first settlers to cross the Appalachian Mountains came from Scotland and Ireland, and they brought with them equipment, knowledge, lore, and traditions necessary for distilling homemade liquor.
As these pioneers spread across East Tennessee and southern Appalachia, so did homemade spirits.
Most every farm had its own still, and spirits and moonshine were a basic homesteading requirement. Most frontier families lacked access to medicine, so they used spirits for everything from sore throats and spring colds to toothaches and anesthesia. Later, spirits offered a means of survival during tough economic times. People made a living off it.
Spirits and Moonshine epitomizes the ingenuity of Appalachia and its denizens. It speaks of fierce independence and self-reliance. It’s a part of our history, and now we get to partake of its rich history… legally.
The Sevier Distilling Company traces its roots all the way back to the genesis of Sevier County. The first non-native settlers in this region had names like Kerr, Catlett, and Hodges. These families were our kin, and the friends and neighbors of our kin. We can follow the branches of our family tree back to these families. The Sevier branch goes all the way back to a patriarch, “The Immigrant” Valentine Sevier, and his son, “Col.” Valentine Sevier, brother of the first Governor of Tennessee, John Sevier.