Grayson • Olive Hill Quarterly Spring 2019 - Page 6

There is a lot of history and tradition in these rolling foothills of the Appalachians. A big part of the history found right here in Pike County is the infamous familial battle between the Hatfields and McCoys. It is here where the McCoys made their living off the land, hunting, fishing and trapping and living by the law of the gun. The McCoys and their clan warfare with the Hatfields has proven, over the years, to be a fascination for many history buffs across the globe, with the roots of the McCoy family traced to Pike County of eastern Kentucky.  Moonshining, meanwhile, is another plentiful tradition in the foothills of these mountains. To moonshine you need an ample supply of water, corn or maize barley, yeast, your mash pot, fermentation and heat. You put it all together, combine it with some science and wisdom passed down through the generations from these mountains, to form a homegrown brand of hooch that will keep you warm on a cold winter night. These two traditions of Eastern Kentucky — the Hatfield-McCoys battle, and the production of spirits — are now merging together to form a major tourist attraction in Pike County. It is called Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery located right in downtown Pikeville. It is a gorgeous, tens of- millions-of-dollars facility where modern technology and East Kentucky tradition combine to produce some of the finest craft beers, bourbon, and, that’s right, moonshine, in America.  “It is the quality of the ingredients we use,” said Jacob Crager, storyteller and assistant floor supervisor at Dueling Barrels. “We take pride in our corn, our grains, our yeast, and we take a lot of pride in how we do it. Everything is done the way it is supposed to be done." Dueling Barrels is the dream of founders Dr. Pearse and Deirdre Lyons. Pearse Lyons was an Irish businessman and the founder of Alltech, a billion dollar global agri- business. The Lyons family also has a 6 SPRING 2019 passion for spirits, and they love Eastern Kentucky, prompting this major investment in the formation of Dueling Barrels in Pikeville.  The brewery and distillery opened to great fanfare just seven months ago. It also has sister breweries in Ireland and Lexington, Kentucky. "Founders Dr. Pearse and Mrs. Deirdre Lyons feel a unique