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Video: Moonshine Culture in Appalachia

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Here’s a great video about the history of moonshine in the Appalachians. It’s actually from the DVD bonus features included on , the documentary about Popcorn Sutton and Appalachian moonshine. This video is a great introduction to the history of moonshine in America that started with the Scotch-Irish bringing their distilling knowledge with them from Ireland.

The last part of the video (8:22) really sums up the reason why so much moonshine came out of Appalachia. It’s also the reason why the South is the last bastion of freedom in the entire world. (I’ll have to do a post on that topic soon.)

If you don’t own you need to get it. The Last One is the best documentary on moonshine – ever. I have watched it over 20 times now and will probably watch it again soon. It’s such a great documentary and if you are at all interested in moonshine, it needs to be in your DVD library.

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3 Comments to “Video: Moonshine Culture in Appalachia”

  1. Deborah Hickey Greenfeld

    I enjoyed this video very much. I grew up amongst moonshine folks from Cherokee County, NC. It was not openly discussed, but I remember comments about the revenuers and my mom’s family having a fine shoot-out that left bullet holes in the door jam.My dad was definitely into shine, but later in life he had a religious conversion experience so he never talked about it. His younger brother was killed in a car accident when he was 21, probably in the early thirties which was attributed to the amount of moonshine he’d been drinking. My brother and I purchased some so-called “plum wine” which was way more than wine. I was not allowed in on the transaction (I had to “visit” with the wife” because it was a man kind of thing). I flew home to Colorado with a quart and the stewardess just smiled and winked at me and asked if was carrying some ‘shine. A couple of years ago I went back to NC for my mom’s funeral and I casually asked if there was ‘shine to be had in the area. My cousin winked at me and pointed up to a cupboard in the kitchen- sure enough, peach “wine”. There must some kind of wink thing that goes along with ‘shine!

  2. I wish I could have shook your hand. Rest in Peace Popcorn!

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