Duration: 1:00pm - approx. 6:00pm

Location: Meet your guide at the first brewery or one of the pickup locations. Select during checkout.



6+ guests | $4@ discount.

Designated Driver


No alcohol included

Advance tickets are required. Service fee additional. Tickets are non-refundable unless you select optional insurance. Tour held rain, shine, and in all temperatures. Tour may be cancelled for safety reasons or if four guests or less on a tour.


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Bus tour of local distillers with tastings, cocktails, special access, and fun included! Led by passionate local guide. Monthly tours.

  • Enjoy two local distilleries and a meadery on each tour.
  • Includes liquor and mead tastings. You'll have options for straight spirits and/or delicious cocktails.
  • Special access, let's go behind the scenes. We'll learn about making liquor the old fashion way.
  • Learn more about the amazing Franklin County history & tradition of making moonshine.
  • Water and bagged snacks are provided on the bus. Bring food if you'd like.
  • Local Roanoke hotel pick up and drop off at select locations available.

Public Tours held year round on select weekend dates. Click red BOOK NOW to see dates.

Saturday & Sunday tours start at 1:00pm. Duration approx. 4.5 - 5 hours.

Visit 2 distilleries & 1 meadery. Tastings include the maximum permitted by VA ABC.

This is a bus tour. Maximum capacity is 14.

This tour is for guests 21 and over only.

Tours take place rain or shine. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes for walking.

Sorry, this tour can NOT accommodate guests with mobility disabilities or wheelchairs.

Private groups tours available Wednesday - Sunday for groups up to 14.

What to Expect

Tasting this amazing small batch Franklin County VA liquor is like sipping history with a kick. And, this is not the moonshine that some might imagine, rather this is slow run, small batch liquor distilled using recipes passed down through generations and using locally sourced fruit and grain.  This is the good stuff, it’s the liquor you could only find in Franklin County during prohibition if you knew the right moonshiner.

Whether you like your liquor straight up or mixed in a delicious cocktail – this tour has both.  You’ll have a few options.

On each tour, our local guide will share their knowledge and enthusiasm for this amazing legacy and distilling tradition.

Why Take The Tour?

Not only do you get to taste delicious liquor and mead, we get to go behind the scenes and see and taste what these “old-timey stills” and some “hillbilly engineering” can produce.   These are the stills of Prohibition-era lore.

Franklin County Distilleries is your new favorite destination and bar combined with rare museum distilling items and fascinating photos of Franklin County liquor history.

Virginia’s Blue Ridge and in particular Franklin County VA –  referred to by many as The Wettest County in the World – is known worldwide for its colorful distilling and moonshining tradition.  You’ll learn more about this history, but more importantly, you’ll taste this history with every sip of pure spirits.

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you’ll never view Franklin County & our moonshine liquor the same again.

Ready To Join Us?

Call (800) 656-0713  or click “BOOK NOW” to purchase tickets or see tour dates.

Still have questions? See the Frequently Asked Questions at bottom of this page.  Or call or email us directly – (540) 309-1781 or email

Have a Group?  A Special Occasion?
A Private ‘Shine & Spirits Tour is Great Fun!

You can schedule a private tour for your group of up to 14 persons on our bus.  We’ll customize your tour to make it a memorable day.  It’s the perfect adventure for wedding parties, birthdays, company functions and other groups. Click PRIVATE TOURS for pricing and more information.


We'll start at The Hive meadery, then visit the distilleries.

Blacksnake Meadery, The Hive -

A charming tasting room featuring Blacksnake Meadery's mead and other Virginia cider & wine. Tucked in the Wasena neighborhood. (est. 2017)

Franklin County Distilleries -

It's about the history. A spacious tasting room and patio. Plus a wide selection of spirits and delicious cocktails. (est. 2015, tasting room 2017)

Twin Creeks Distillery -

Old time moonshining on site. Fascinating, delicious and authentic Franklin County. (est. 2015, tasting room opened in 2017).

Where to Meet

The tour starts at The Hive Meadery in the Wasena neighborhood of Roanoke. The address of the The Hive will be provided with your eTicket.

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