Moonshine on Main Street; Distillery continues a north county tradition


Tyler Peaden and Robbie Ellis stand in front of "Miss Alana," Peaden Brothers Distillery's 100-gallon copper still, named for Peaden's late daughter.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, February 24, 2014 at 09:45 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Moonshining is a north Okaloosa County tradition dating back to the 1800s. Within the next two weeks, the county's first lawful distillery will open.

Peaden Brothers Distillery owners Tyler and Trey Peaden and Robbie Ellis operate their modest 100-gallon still in a specially constructed room behind the lobby of the Fox Theatre on Main Street.

Where popcorn's aroma once filled the air, the cinema's locally famous circular lobby now has a new corn-based scent: fermenting mash.

The partners say their enterprise serves many functions, including continuing regional heritage, benefiting charities, preserving a Main Street landmark and drawing visitors to Crestview's historic district.

Significant numbers

The distillery's copper 100-gallon Rocky Point still arrived from Boaz, Ky., with serial number 06993-1. The "-1" indicates it is the company's first still. The first five digits hold special significance.

It's Tyler Peaden's late daughter's birth date.

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