Nestled in the hills and stream of the Upper Cumberland Plateau is a little community called Union Hill. It is said the water in the streams flow at 100 proof. The area has a rich History and tradition of making moonshine as a matter of survival. Irish settlers settled in these hills back in the late 1700’s as a way to distance the grip of the colonial government.
One of the founding families in the area was the Hatcher family. With many years producing top quality moonshine a young Arno Hatcher decided he wanted to carry on this tradition of turning water into ‘shine.’ In 1979 Arno started his craft, which continues even today.
Arno was busted once back in 1991. Though it was established in 1979, it was legalized in 2019 and is known as Union Hill Distillery. Teaming up with Scott, Sheila and Chad Hun, it was a five-year journey to finally become legal. Laws were changed, petitions signed. The Clay County Commission approved a referendum, and it was finally voted on by the people of Clay County.
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