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Moonshining loses the bootlegger label

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  • Moonshiners, once with a perpetual ear to the ground, are no longer running from the feds. In short, the bootlegger’s son has gone legit.

Once mocked as the drink of rednecks and hillbillies, moonshine has gained a new respect — certainly from the angle of historical folklore. Moonshine has flowed through the cracks of federal surveillance for a few hundred years. When the government began taxing liquor in 1791 — brewers began ducking and dodging, never to stop. And when Prohibition reigned as law from 1920-1933, moonshiners cranked up the stills for a thirsty public. (Prohibition also did wonders for the wine industry — offering wine grape farmers a series of legal loopholes to squeeze through. “Fruit juice” and “sacramental wine” exclusions helped wine grape acreage surge for grinning California wine grape farmers.)

Americans are buying into the moonshine folklore — and more importantly for a new breed of distilleries — are buying the legal moonshine.

 

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