The definition of a hidden gem, Tall Pines Distillery is tucked in one of the farthest corners of the Laurel Highlands and practically in another state. For those who make the drive, however, they often cite Tall Pines as their favorite stop of their entire trip.

So I took a road trip of my own on a warm November afternoon to talk to owner Keith Welch and manager Lisa Welch about everything that makes Tall Pines such a fan favorite (spoiler alert: it's the same passion for quality combined with their warm hospitality that makes our region so special).

Every time I stop out to Tall Pines, something new is added or being built. An outdoor deck, just added in 2019, is now wrapped for winter with space heaters to keep guests warm, and an outdoor bar was added in 2020 to keep guests safe and distanced outside.

The menu, too, keeps expanding with new signature flavors, holiday specials, moonshine slushies (which you can see me sipping during our talk) and more make this a place even the pickiest drinker can spend an afternoon at and discover that they are indeed a moonshine drinker.

I hope you will enjoy this uplifting conversation of commitment, growing and continuing to succeed as small business owners, and be as inspired as I was! Much like their slogan, Tall Pines Distillery really is a different class of hillbilly.