Take time to read this rich history tale.
Many games of cat and mouse were played.
Fortunes made and lost.
All through out the nation moonshine stills can be found. Some areas had more of the running that other.
This is a trade that has been happening for centuries all over the world. Yet it is the American way that has made legends.
It would make one hell of a movie.
The Blue Ridge moonshining trade has changed significantly in the last century. Far fewer people are involved in it now, though today’s bootlegger is able to distill more alcohol with less work than his counterpart of the early 1900s. Modern moonshine is made with vast quantities of sugar and relatively little grain. Contemporary bootleggers have little or no experience with the apple or peach brandy so common in the late 1800s. Stills are now often hidden under roof rather than in fields or mountain hollows. Today’s moonshine buyer is far more likely to live in a major eastern city than in the small southern mill towns and coal camps of the past. Even so, the old-time mystique of the Blue Ridge moonshiner prevails.