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Man residents pack town hall to talk about distillery

MAN, W.Va. — A Moonshine War of sorts flared up at Man Town Hall on Monday evening, May 11, when several residents with opposing viewpoints spoke their piece in regards to a new distillery set to open up in the Man area.

Chris Trent, a friend of the management of Mountain Momma Moonshine Craft Distillery, was quick to emphasize the business is not a bar or beer garden.

“It’s a distillery where the public will be able to take a tour, see how the product is made, taste a small sample and place an order,” he explained, noting that drinking to excess or party will not be permitted. Trent said the business will be similar to distilleries in Gatlinburg Tenn., and Gilbert, W.Va., which cater to the tourist trade.

The council chambers were packed for the May meeting of the Man Town Council and the meeting itself was twice as long as usual as people who were against or for the new business spoke their minds.

Some local ministers came out with both barrels blazing against the idea, which struck others as ironic seeing as how there are already bars and other businesses in the town of Man that have been selling liquor for years…

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