Twin Creeks Distillery received their license to legally distill in 2015 and the journey took off for the Prillaman family. A good friend allowed the family to set up their legal distillery in a downtown warehouse located in Rocky Mount, Virginia and production soon began. Twin Creeks produced and sold the first legal liquor in Franklin County, Virginia since prohibition. The original brand "Franklin County's Finest" was a sell out and now stands as a collectors item.
When the Prillamans 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 is centered around the families background. Twin Creeks is the road the family grew up on and the fiddle represents the owner's other past time; playing old time music. Old time music and liquor are a unique pair that adds to Franklin County's rich mountain culture.
When visiting Twin Creeks, witness restored and rebuilt equipment that was all snagged from the woods or given to the owner from good buddies who have now passed on. A copper "submarine type" still place sits in the corner at Twin Creeks Distillery, showcasing the Franklin County way, just as if you had walked up on a still place in the woods.
Twin Creeks Distillery's goal is to showcase the art of making liquor, capitalize on the bootlegging history in the Franklin County, Virginia and provide a true to roots product for all to enjoy.
Pictured on the far left is Owner and Master Distiller's Great Grandparents, James Walter "Peg" and Mae Hatcher. Peg was indicted in the nationally known Great Conspiracy Trial of 1935 and pulled over a year after getting captured for illegal bootlegging. The conspiracy trial helped name Franklin County, Virginia the Moonshine Capital of the World and is nationally known today.
In 1939, Peg had finished pulling his time in prison when the Library of Congress visited the mountain folks to record stories and folk tunes. Peg was leery of the audio recorders but agreed to play them a few tunes. The recordings can still be found today in the Library of Congress, digital archives. Peg's daughter and Chris's grandmother, Irene kept the fiddle in the family and passed it on to Chris in later years. Handcrafting authentic spirits and playing old time music pair together like no other and add to the unique culture in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The fiddle in our logo stands for more than just a fiddle, it stands for our roots.
Owner and Master Distiller, Chris Prillaman prides in producing quailty spirits while staying true to his roots.