Moonshine as Currency
We here at Hammerstone’s WhiskeyDisks™ – where we make the world’s best whiskey stones – would like to propose that the manufacturing of distilled alcohol at home is a very American and patriotic thing to do. Keep in mind, it is illegal to distill alcohol without obtaining a costly and litigious series of permits and licenses.
Not too long ago in this country, moonshine whiskey was used as a sort of currency. During such times, one impression people had was that you could count on whiskey. Whiskey did not go bad. If you wanted, you could drink it. But more importantly you could always spend it. In some ways, it was better than money. It was inflation proof. It didn’t suffer from devaluation. There were always people who would trade you for whiskey. They would fix your car, paint your house, doctors would look at your kids, people would sell you food, all for that wonderful commodity – whiskey. So, the hooch in the basement was just another example of frugality and preparation by a generation that knew good times had an inevitable end. Kind of like having money in a coffee can, it was a good idea to have whiskey in the basement to pay for things when it became necessary.
Maybe more of us should take this lesson to heart. When you think of the shrinking dollar, remember whiskey is as good as gold – perhaps better if you are thirsty or snakebit.