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It All Started With Moonshine



Palmetto distillery has created an impeccable reputation for quality spirits. Trey and Bryan Boggs, the founders of Palmetto Distillery, have built their empire on the rich history of spirit production started by their ancestors. The legacy around their ever-expanding business extends far back into the period in American history we call Prohibition, a time of mysterious business dealings and profitable moonshining. Not only have they managed to keep the history of their family alive through their business ventures, but they also continue the tradition of keeping quality moonshine alive even today.

The History Of Palmetto Distillery


Palmetto's rich tradition of making quality spirits begins with Dock Boggs, a folk musician who became known for more than just his music. During the turbulent period of history immediately following the Revolution, the average American family was struggling just to make ends meet. The more significant American body dealt with having to heavily tax its citizens to pay for the recent war and all of its expenses. Politicians came up with a creative way, just as they do today, to generate additional sources of revenue -- and they looked to the people to supply the need through additional taxation. Ring familiar?

The elected leaders of the period decided to place an additional tax on all liquor and spirits locally produced and sold. Obviously, this was not good news for the average American Joe, as (s)he had come to rely on the sale and distribution of moonshine, no matter how small their operation was, to support themselves and their family. For those involved in making and selling moonshine during these times, it was not just a hobby. Struggling farmers and local businessman relied on the income from moonshine production to make ends meet. Scores of indignant bootleggers continued to produce and distribute spirits while refusing to pay the recently imposed federal liquor taxes. Some even went so far as to tar and feather the "Revenuers," or tax collectors who had come to collect, as a show of opposition to federal law. One can't help but imagine how entertaining that might be to watch today.

The conflict between bands of moonshiners and federal officials grew violent and ugly, especially across the deep South, where moonshiners joined forces with local Ku Klux Klan members to reinforce their opposition. This increasing conflict, coupled with a growing problem with dependence on alcohol and unruly behavior by the American public, prompted the temperance movement. The federal government and church authorities joined together to spread the word regarding the evils of alcohol creation, sale, and consumption. Laws were now put in place to prohibit all aspects of alcohol production and use. In 1920, Prohibition laws were enacted, and to the delight of moonshiners everywhere, there was now no legal way to obtain or consume alcohol. Demand for their homemade product skyrocketed, and business flourished under the Federal radar. Speakeasies opened in every major city across the U.S., and elaborate cultures of supply and distribution became a thorn in federal government's side for many years. It was during this time that Dock Boggs capitalized on the booming industry of moonshining to supplement his musical career. He created high- quality moonshine and whiskey that supported his family and initiated the legacy that was to become the Palmetto Distillery years later.

What Is Moonshine? How Is It Made?


Technically today, the term "moonshine" refers to any alcohol produced and sold illegally. When illegal in the United States, moonshine distillation was done at night to avoid discovery; hence the term "moonshine" for the brew was usually concocted at night while the moon was shining. Regarding many products and services even today, if the government cannot regulate it, or tax it, then it is considered illegal. Many moonshining practices in years past did not operate with integrity during the production of their spirits, and as a result, dangerous chemicals and additives were placed in it to make it more powerful. This dangerous cocktail of unregulated additives resulted in injury and death to many consumers of illegal moonshine.

Properly made moonshine usually contains:

  • Cornmeal

  • A grain additive such as rye, barley, or wheat

  • Yeast

  • Water

These ingredients are allowed to ferment and distill, and the final product produced is moonshine. Although demand for moonshine today is shared with other types of spirits, now that the production and sale of alcohol are legal, distilleries like Palmetto Distillery that specialize in the creation of high-quality moonshine and whiskey are highly sought after, not only for their superior product but because of the legacy behind their production.

Palmetto Distillery Stands Out From All the Rest Palmetto Distillery is very proud of the family heritage and traditions. Every effort is made to include historical aspects of moonshining in the creation and sale of our highest quality spirits. From using authentic recipes handed down from generations of past moonshiners to continuing to operate a copper still built by a fifth generation moonshiner, Palmetto attends to every detail of production with historical integrity and pride toward its final product. Palmetto enjoys its rich heritage, and all efforts are evident in their fantastic products. Contact Palmetto Distillery today to schedule a tour of our distillery, and feel free to sample one of the varieties of flavors while you visit the past and the present all at the same time.

Visit https://www.palmettomoonshine.com for more information.