Moonshine legal these days: Microdistillers make government-OK'd drink
on 28/09/10 at 10:54 pmBooze News
White lightning, mountain dew, firewater — you know it as the illicit substance made in secret by tax-dodging mountain men and drunk by people looking to alter their reality in a serious way.
But hooch is being infused with a whole new spirit thanks to a new generation of home and professional distillers.
The idea of bootleg liquor conjures up a vision of lazy creekside afternoons. And there is a small population of moonshiners still carrying out the mountain tradition.
But modern moonshine mostly falls into two different categories, said Mr. Watman. Sure there are criminal organizations that essentially prey on the poor. But there also is a burgeoning hobbyist scene made up of the same type of people that drove the microbrewed beer movement.