Tag Archives: Moonshine

• Toxic moonshine kills 102 in Mumbai slum

Toxic moonshine kills 102 in Mumbai slum

Toxic moonshine has killed 102 people and seriously sickened scores of others of drinkers from a Mumbai slum, Indian police say. Forty-six others have been hospitalized, with many in a critical condition, after consuming the illegal homebrew, Mumbai police spokesman Dhananjay Kulkarni told CNN. Authorities said four men and two women had been booked over […]

• Jim Beam Adding White Whiskey But Don’t Call It Moonshine

Jim Beam Adding White Whiskey But Don’t Call It Moonshine

Jacob’s Ghost a throwback to 1790s product and similar to moonshine. The world’s largest bourbon producer is dipping into moonshining’s colorful past to create its own batches of white whiskey. Beam Inc.’s newest spirit is called Jacob’s Ghost in honor of Jacob Beam, founding distiller of its flagship Jim Beam brand. Jacob’s Ghost resembles the […]

• How Prisoners Make Moonshine

How Prisoners Make Moonshine

Although alcohol helps send millions of Americans to prison, their drinking days don’t end behind bars. Drinking problems drag many people to jails or other institutions—it’s a weary story of alcohol impairing self-control and morals, over and over again. Most of us can testify how much more prone we are to doing something reckless, out […]

• Can Drinking Moonshine Really Make Me Go Blind?

Can Drinking Moonshine Really Make Me Go Blind?

The short answer: yes, it’s possible to go blind from drinking moonshine. But it’s also possible to go blind staring at the sun. When consuming alcoholic beverages of the DIY variety, the important thing is to let common sense be your guide. The idea that moonshine or other home-distilled liquors can cause blindness is rooted […]

• Raise a glass to moonshine

Raise a glass to moonshine

Glasses high for the rise of moonshine. True to the spirit of the latest trend in liquor, the distiller’s new darling was there all along, but we just didn’t see it: white whiskey, trickling clear and fresh off the still. Beaming with high-octane heat and the edgy fruitiness of warm distilled grain, that booze, until […]

• What Moonshine to Try? Here’s A Moonshine Primer

What Moonshine to Try? Here’s A Moonshine Primer

New York City’s underground moonshiners might be making jugs of hooch on the down-low, but if you don’t have a bootlegger supplying you on the sly, fear not. Liquor store shelves are beginning to be stocked with moonshine, which might be labeled “white dog” or “white whiskey.” Basically they’re just bottling corn whiskey right off […]

• Just a hip trend? Moonshine’s profile rises in L.A. bars

Just a hip trend? Moonshine’s profile rises in L.A. bars

Once a homemade concoction in the backwoods, the clear whiskey is moving into the hippest bars in town. Moonshine is having its day in the sun. Once a back-road country cousin, it is taking on a new life as a city slicker. And now that it’s out of the barn and into the bar, mixologists […]

• Florida microdistillers trying to catch lightning in a bottle

Florida microdistillers trying to catch lightning in a bottle

Making moonshine is easier than selling it even with growth of microdistilleries. Jimmy Day has a great line he uses to describe his current occupation: “My family’s been making whiskey for 146 years,” he says. “I’ve been licensed since March.” He is fully legal these days, but his operation isn’t quite as romantic as our […]

• Popcorn Sutton's moonshine legacy continued by Hank Williams Jr. & a mason jar

Popcorn Sutton's moonshine legacy continued by Hank Williams Jr. & a mason jar

Hank Williams Jr. usually lays off the moonshine. “I’m kind of at the red wine and cigar stage of life,” said Williams, 61, who three decades ago sang, “The hangovers hurt more than they used to/ And cornbread and iced tea took the place of pills and 90 proof.” Yet Williams has joined with J and […]

• Arkansas: Moonshine hits store shelves

Arkansas: Moonshine hits store shelves

Legendary drinker, renowned writer and Southern gentleman William Faulkner once said, “Well, between Scotch and nothin’, I suppose I’d take Scotch. It’s the nearest thing to good moonshine I can find.” If Faulkner were still alive , he would no long er have to settle for drinking Scottish whiskey because Uncle Ed’s Arkansas Moonshine has […]

• Moonshine legal these days: Microdistillers make government-OK'd drink

Moonshine legal these days: Microdistillers make government-OK'd drink

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. “Moonshine is […]

• More on Moonshine: Secrecy remains, but appreciation for history brews

More on Moonshine: Secrecy remains, but appreciation for history brews

Photo of Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton, the ultimate moonshiner Moonshining is alive and well, but it’s not like the old days. The death last year of Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton – who committed suicide rather than go to federal prison – marked the end of an era. With his mountain-man beard and Scot-Irish stubborn streak, the Cocke […]

• Moonshine takes on cool lustre

Moonshine takes on cool lustre

Against the backdrop of the recession and the current craze for artisan produce, illegal distilling clubs and “kitchen-sink” operations are popping up all over the US, from California to New York and Pennsylvania.