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Editor’s Picks: Our Favorite Moonshines

by PH Online Editors   |  April 5th, 2012 8

While chatting over lobster bisque at the decadent restaurant Elements high atop the Blue Ridge Parkway last fall, it hardly seemed backwoods corn liquor would be a likely topic. But those hills have deep roots, and my host, Mara Bouvier, mentioned an old still was found on the 12,000-acre luxury resort of Primland, a heavenly golf, pheasant and deer hunting property south of Blacksburg, Va. I asked if moonshine was ever legalized, and she responded by calling to the table both Catdaddy and Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon varieties, two brands leading the great ’shine revival.

Wearing camo and hauling a bolt-action Sako A7, I had been trudging daily through the fancy hallways past the well-dressed guests, chasing big whitetails with my usual post-rut luck, and the smooth warmth of that first taste of moonshine (essentially raw whiskey that has never seen a barrel) made my frustrations melt into a glowing inner sunshine. Modern refined brands like Johnson’s Apple Pie will have you shinin’, too, making it easy to see why Southerners were willing to fight for it all these years. — Skip Knowles

  • hotstriper

    Alcohol is bad for you. Treat your body like the temple it really is.

  • loveshine

    or an amusement park…

  • drawling down funk

    mine's more of a tee pee/ porta potti than a temple, sadly

  • Outwrite

    "Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son" – Dean Wormer.

    • nyack nyack

      yeah, who wants to be fat and stupid? (;

  • Robert Ware

    You should have tried Troy and Sons moonshine. Its made with rare white heirloom corn only found down the road from its distilled

  • Cptkeybrd

    Were not here for a long time, make sure you just have a good time.

  • trustfunded

    I have been told not to perpetuate stereotypes of hunters being drunken hillbillies, but then you run an article like this. Thanks.

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