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?
I had a wonderful time promoting "Living Loaded" on The Adam Carolla Show. Adam is one of the smartest and most gracious hosts I've had the pleasure to meet. He gave me major props for the book, even going so far as to dub me his favorite author. Of course, he also admitted that mine was the only book he's read in the past year but, hey, I'll take the compliment. We drank some stuff, too -- Finealta from Glenmorangie, Sam Adams and Original Moonshine.
The Carolla Show, by the way, is the most downloaded podcast in the world.
The whole world, that is.
Hopefully we get a few book sales out of it. Speaking of which...
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