Hatfields, McCoys make moonshine legally in southern W.Va.

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Posted: Jan 31, 2015 10:47 AM
Hatfields, McCoys make moonshine legally in southern W.Va.

GILBERT, W.Va. (AP) — Direct descendants of the Hatfields and McCoys are producing legal moonshine, the start of a new legacy for the families made famous for their 19th-century feud.

Using the original recipe of Hatfield family patriarch William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield, batches of the "Drink of the Devil" are made at a licensed distillery in the southern West Virginia community of Gilbert. Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine ships to six states.

Chad Bishop, husband of Hatfield's great-great-great granddaughter, oversees the business. Among those lending knowledge and elbow grease to the daily functions are Bishop's wife, Amber, and her mother, Nancy Hatfield, the oldest living descendant of "Devil Anse."

Ronald McCoy, a great-great grandson of McCoy patriarch Randolph McCoy, was a consultant for the distillery's startup and the product's testing and marketing.