My latest post for FoodRepublic posits the question "Can Moonshine really be called Moonshine if it ain't illegal?" Here's a snippet:
Look around and you’ll find that nouveau moonshine is everywhere these days. Over the past few years alone we’ve seen the introduction of brands with such hee-hawing handles as Catdaddy, Original Moonshine and Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon. Just this week the latter rolled out a new line of fruit-infused flavors, inciting a din that was -- depending on the part of the country you live in -- either the sound of a bunch of dead bootleggers rolling over in their graves or a host of skinny hipsters falling over themselves to be the first to get some.
Do I sound bitter? Okay, yeah maybe a little. But you see, here’s the thing… moonshine, by definition, is an illegally produced distilled beverage. Its roots lie in post-Revolutionary War America when distillers and farmers thumbed their noses at government taxation of whiskey and began producing the spirit clandestinely. Often at night. Under the light of the moon. Get it?