Moonshine on Main Street; Distillery continues a north county tradition

Published: Monday, February 24, 2014 at 09:45 AM.

Perpetuating traditions

Tyler said the trio hopes their company will also serve as a catalyst to make downtown Crestview a visitor destination.

"I hope this is a seed for growth, instead of just, 'I stopped to get a hamburger on my way to Destin,'" he said.

The partners' lease will also jumpstart the Fox Theatre's long restoration process, Tyler said, adding it would take "two or three lifetimes to recoup" a private investor's renovation funds.

The distillery occupies only the lobby and a small part of the auditorium, where refurbishment could continue while the distillery operates, he said.

Tyler said he and his partners understand some residents disapprove of the local moonshine tradition, but by "being upfront with everything," they have received nearly 900 likes on Facebook and no negative comments.

"We don't have anything hidden," he said.

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