28th member of group
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 29, 2016) — The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Kentucky Mist Moonshine in Letcher County is the newest and 28th member of the non-profit trade group that unites and leads the state’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.
Founded in 1880, the KDA is the state’s voice for Bourbon and spirits issues. Its diverse membership produces 90 percent of the world’s Bourbon, from legendary, global brands to emerging micro distilleries that are building the next generation of the timeless craft.
Kentucky Bourbon is one of the commonwealth’s most historic and treasured industries, a booming $3 billion economic engine that generates more than 15,400 jobs with an annual payroll topping $700 million and pours $166 million into state and local coffers each year.
Kentucky Mist owner Colin Fultz has drawn upon his grandfather Henry Holbrook’s bootlegging history in the hills of Appalachia to create flavored moonshines using locally grown fruits and recipes passed down for generations.
“Kentucky Mist Moonshine is a craft distillery born from a deep heritage of distilling spirits in Eastern Kentucky,” Fultz said. “We take pride in distilling every drop of alcohol used in our products and making flavored moonshine using whole fruit for the most genuine of taste.
Kentucky Mist opened in 2015 at 128 East Main Street in downtown Whitesburg in the heart of Eastern Kentucky coal country. Fultz’s grandfather, Henry Holbrook, was a bootlegger during Prohibition selling corn whiskey.
Holbrook was arrested in 1930 and sent to a federal penitentiary in Atlanta where Fultz said he formed a friendship with fellow bootlegger and notorious crime boss Al Capone. Holbrook spent 17 years in prison, but returned to bootleg moonshine in Kentucky. He died in 1986.
Forty years later, Fultz decided to make the family tradition into a legal business.
Products include flavored moonshines such as lemonade, apple pie and caramel apple, and others infused with blackberries, cherries, grapes and peaches. An aged corn moonshine and aged rum also are in the works, Fultz said.
Kentucky Mist’s tasting room and gift shop is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. The distillery is closed Sunday and Monday.