Legal moonshine: homage to history

Legal moonshine

GREENVILLE, SC (NBC) - New Year's Eve is just around the corner and many Americans plan to celebrate with a drink.

The increasing popularity of micro-distilleries has many consumers turning to "moonshine" when they imbibe, and they don't have to break the law to do it.

The illicit spirit was traditionally made "by the light of the moon", hence its name, but "legal moonshine" is actually an oxymoron.

"Moonshine is a illicitly produced spirit based on no taxation," explains Paul Fulmer, head distiller at South Carolina's Dark Corner Distillery.

While their liquor is taxed, the owners of Dark Corner Distillery say their product is paying homage to their heritage.

"For us, it is. It's 100-percent moonshine because it defines who we are, the people of this land, and represents a heritage that our ancestors passed down to us," says Dark Corner founder and president Joe Fenten.

Their recipe is a "settler's style" of whisky that dates back to the 18th century. Each batch even comes out of the classic copper pot. Distillers say curiosity and that interest in American history is what brings customers to the tasting room, and the quality of the spirit is what keeps them coming back.

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