Our Story

By the light of the moon, two men quietly work, stoking a fire beneath a homemade copper still.  The smell of smoke, pure corn whiskey, and the damp of spring fills the night air…


river-sunset It started with whispers, rumors from the past, repeated by the old timers who were here  since the beginning.  A word here or there about the brothers, the still, and of course the  ‘shine.  The whispers carried through the generations like a thread tying together the past  and present.  Just upriver from where men and their families toiled and struggled, lived and  thrived, the two brothers secreted away in the foothills and crafted their moonshine.  They  distilled their liquor in the hills and sold it to those forging their living from the forests, land  and waterways of North Idaho.  Using the same spring water, the same land, overlooking the  same hills used by the brothers, the distillers at Mill Town are continuing in the tradition  started in this spot by the brothers many years ago.  Although the distilling operations at Mill  Town are no longer clandestine, the spirits here are created with the same small batch,    grain-   to-bottle style of the brothers in the ’30s.

Vic Inlander Photo

Inspired by the history and traditions of the site, Victor and Jessie Vachon have built Mill Town Distillery from the ground up. They crafted an artisan distillery that produces excellent quality spirits using small batch methods, attention to detail, and quality ingredients. Natives of North Idaho, Victor and Jessie head the company, craft the vision, sacrifice the blood, sweat and tears, and drive the day-to-day operations.  Their partner and long time family friend, Bryan Egland, decided dabbling in the world of craft spirits was an adventure he didn’t want to miss.  Now indoctrinated into the world of distilling, he helps to create Mill Town’s quality spirits.