Whiskey,  Moonshine in America

Moonshining in America dates back to the early 1600’s. Moonshine legend has it that American colonist and Englishman George Thorpe was the first to distill corn whiskey in the United States in the fall of 1620 in what is now Gloucester County, Virginia. Thorpe is said to have brewed a simple beer from corn he obtained from the native Powhatan Indians. Thorpe then distilled this mash, creating the first whiskey from corn, the base of which forms moonshine and, when aged in American oak, bourbon.

Thorpe was not the first person to make whiskey, of course. Whiskey enjoys an even longer history than moonshine, dating back many hundreds of years. Early American settlers were likely versed in the Scotch Irish traditions of whiskey making. But what they found here was a new ingredient than they had available at home – corn – which would come to launch liquor distillation, and moonshine, in America.


Our Family Tradition for over 150 Years 
In 1864, our forefathers settled in Pfeifer, Kansas raising corn, barley, 
wheat and fruit.  Our family mastered the art of distilling the right grains 
to make the finest Moonshine characteristics found anywhere.
With every sip, you will enjoy the quality and integrity our
forefathers instilled in every bottle. 
At Hidden Lakes Distillery, the legend lives on.