Carolina Moonshiner is dedicated to the preservation of this part of history. Along with the popularity gained by their Television Appearances. Carolina Moonshiner is offering a means to share the exploding popularity of our local and neighboring moonshiners.
Many events are planned for the public to meet the moonshiners, Mike & Tweedy! Events like these draw thousands of folks, affording the opportunity to meet the Moonshiners, and buy hand autographed memorabilia, photographs with you and the moonshiners, and a working still.
Our store is located in the heart of moonshining country (Robbinsville,NC) and we welcome you to come by and visit. Look over our moonshine goods, visit our photo studio and order hand crafted stills, all while being able to meet and greet our great moonshiners.
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Moonshine, also called white lightning, and many other names, is a very high proof, often 190 proof (95% alcohol) distilled spirit. Moonshine is any kind of alcohol, usually whisky or rum, that is made in secret to avoid high taxes or outright bans on alcoholic drinks. The term "moonshine: comes from Britain in the 1700's. Moonshining referred to any job or activity that was done late at night by the light of the moon. Because the operators of illegal whisky stills had to conduct their business out of the sight of legal authorities, these backwoods brewmasters became known as moonshiners, and the term became exclusively theirs.
Moonshiners are the people who actually make the alcohol. Bootleggers are the smugglers who transport and sell it. In colonial times, these distributors would conceal their bottles of liquor in the top of their boots and covered them with their pants leg; hence the term "bootlegger." More recently, bootleggers in the 1930s, '40s, and ;50s took to racing cars packed with moonshine through the night to avoid local police. Their mechanical skills developed as they learned to drastically increase the horsepower of their vehicles to outrun the authorities. This created a culture of car lovers in the southern United States that eventually grew into the popular NASCAR racing series.
The recipe for moonshine is simple: Corn Meal, Sugar, Yeast, and Water
Sometimes other ingredients are included to add flavor or kick. Alcohol can actually be distiled from almost any kind of grain. The eariest American moonshiners used rye or barley but virtually all moonshine made in the United States for the last 150 years has been made with corn.
So what makes moonshine different from the whisky you find on the shelf at the liquor store? Aside from the obvious differences between something made in a sanitized production facility and something made at night in the woods, the primary difference is aging. When whisky comes out of the still, it's so clear it looks like water. Moonshiners bottle it and sell it just like that. Commercial alcohols have an amber or golden color to them - this is because they are aged for years in charred oak barrels. The aging process gives them color and mellows the harsh taste. There's no such mellowing with moonshine which is why it has such "kick"!
If you think the days of bootleggers, backwoods stills and white lightning are over, you are wrong! It's a multi-million dollar industry. But more importantly to the moonshiners, it is a tradition dating back hundreds of years passed down to them from their forefathers. It is part of their history and culture. While this practice is surprisingly alive and well, it is not always legal.
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Carolina Moonshiner - History
The distillation of spirits was practiced by virtually all civilizations of our planet. The popularity of “Moonshining” was a somewhat hidden cliché, without many knowing what the story really is. Moonshine has been a part of daily life for some people for several hundred years. Moonshining is often more of an economic than a political or moral issue, and is rarely as glamorous or as popular that culture has portrayed it.
“White Lightning” as it is aptly called gained recognition by the music and stories of Appalachia. Silver screen movies such as, ”Thunder Road”, starring Robert Mitchum and songs like, “Chug a Lug” by Roger Miller, and the music of early Southern Appalachian artists, added to the charm. It brings the outlaw out in all of us, rooting for the underdog just trying to make a living.
The art of making moonshine is passed down through many generations and their receipts are closely guarded. The wisdom passed down make these woodsmen deft at the art of evasion. By no means is this easy “money”; hard work and constant threats of discovery carrying stiff federal penalties, plague these folks while they struggle to eke out a living and preserve the heritage of the Southern Appalachians.
Carolina Moonshiner is dedicated to the preservation of this part of history. Along with the popularity gained by the “Discovery Channel”, Carolina Moonshiner is offering a means to share the exploding popularity of our local and neighboring moonshiners.
Many events are planned for the public to meet the moonshiners, Mike and tweedy! Events like these draw thousands of folks, affording the opportunity to meet the Moonshiners, and buy hand autographed memorabilia, photographs with you and the moonshiners, and a working still.