Moonshine is still around

As I said yesterday, our first stop was the Dawsonville Distillery, small batch, hand-craft distillery and home to Bill Elliot’s Moonshine! (The City Hall is in the same building. Gotta love it!)

I bought books (of course) Mountain Spirits and More Mountain Spirits by Joseph Earl Dabney. Apparently these are the Bible of Moonshine because they keep popping up in my other research. The third book is Driving with the Devil, Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR.

I also started learning a new vocabulary: backins, bead, beer (it’s not what you think, it’s the first stage of whiskey making, fermented mash) doubling liquor, malt, mash, worm, proof, thump barrel, trippers (that’s not what you think either, it’s moonshine haulers) the list is endless. And this was only the beginning.

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