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Moonshine: It's Not Just For Southerners Anymore!

Palmetto Moonshine

Palmetto Distillery, known far and wide for the creation of quality moonshine and award-winning whiskey, has created a legacy that centers around their quality spirits. The passion that they pour into every glass is evident by all who taste their offerings.

The history of Palmetto Distillery begins with Doc Boggs, a relative of Trey and Brian Boggs. In the early 1900’s, he struggled to support his family as a folk musician, so he turned to bootleg and running moonshine to family and friends. As word spread about his incredible products, his business expanded to what eventually became the Palmetto we know and love today.

What Is Moonshine? How Is It Made? Moonshine is grain-based alcohol--usually corn--that was made in secret to avoid taxation and legal regulation of the distillation and distribution process. Ironically, the term “moonshine” originated first in Britain, where it was used as a verb to describe work that the production of it in secret. Because moonshining began as an illegal activity, distillers and sellers of the product had to hide their operations to avoid penalties.

Moonshine is made up of the following ingredients:

  • Cornmeal

  • Yeast

  • Sugar

  • Water

Corn is ground into a coarse meal, then mixed with water, yeast, and sugar to form what is called mash. This mash is allowed to ferment at specific temperatures for a set time period. Important is to ensure that no loss of alcohol occurs in the fermentation process, so copper stills are usually used in the making of moonshine.

As the mixture is heated, alcohol begins to evaporate and collected in a particular receptacle just off the still. After the collection of the alcohol vapor, the process forces it through a series of pipes down into the “worm,” or a section of pipe that is cooled externally. The alcohol vapor condenses as it is cooled, and is sent through a filtration process to remove all solid residue from the liquid. The purified liquid is ready to be bottled and sold.

The History Of Moonshine

The History of Moonshine

Although the creation and distribution of moonshine are no longer illegal, there are plenty of people that appreciate a hearty glass of spirits accompanied by the colorful story behind moonshine and its role in American history. American roots regarding the production of moonshine began on Pennsylvania grain farms. Farmers with grain mills would distill their extra product so that it wouldn’t spoil. For some farmers, the alcohol produced on their farms served as an additional form of currency.

In 1791, the federal government attempted to impose a tax on all liquor produced in the country, known as a “whiskey tax.” For the farmers, this did not go over well. Many of them chose to continue production and distribution of their homemade swill illegally. U.S. marshals were sent in to try to collect back taxes, and the clashes between farmers and law officials grew violent. The death of the tax inspector general was the culmination of this opposition that came to be known as “The Whiskey Rebellion.”

One reason the government was attempting to crack down on the production of local moonshine stills was the inconsistency and danger that domestic production presented. People tried to distill alcohol in all types of environments and using all kinds of dangerous processes, which resulted in dangerously high potency and deadly cocktails. Legends of bad batches of moonshine that caused drinkers to go blind or even die were in fact true. The period in our history known as Prohibition attempted to rectify some of these dangerous practices by making unregulated moonshine production illegal. That did not stop the core group of bootleggers who made and sold their wares under the radar.

Despite attempts to crack down on these refreshment renegades, illegal alcohol production continued, and organized crime soared during the Prohibition period. It was mainly prevalent in the area known as the Appalachian Mountains and the South. When the local and federal government finally loosened the reins and lifted restrictions on alcohol sale and consumption in the United States, distillers were more willing to work with officials to ensure that their products met minimum standards of safety and quality.

Not Just For Southerners Anymore! Although the southern part of the United States was an integral part of the history and evolution of moonshine, it’s not just for Southerners anymore. Moonshine’s popularity has spread to include international influence, and although making it at home is not illegal any longer, selling and distributing is. It is best to find a distillery that creates quality products and satisfy your cravings through their offerings.

Palmetto Distillery will quench your thirst for quality whiskey and award-winning moonshine. Their delicious variety of flavors will suit just about any taste craving. Recipes and distillation secrets have been passed down for centuries, and integrity is in every part of their crafting process. Come in take a tour, and make sure you purchase some home for yourself. After experiencing our incredible products, you won’t settle for anything less than our best! Visit www.palmettomoonshine.com today for more information.