Tag Archives: moonshine

Prescription Whiskey

Prohibition began in 1920 with the ratification of the 18th Amendment and the related Volstead Act. These new laws banned the manufacture, sale and transportation of intoxicating beverages. Keep in mind that up to this point alcohol had been a widely used, readily available and relatively cheap remedy for thousands of years. Practitioners and doctors in […]

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There’s both good and bad news.

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Strawberry Moonshine Mint Julep – Moonshine gets all gentrified.

Strawberry Moonshine Mint Julep Winter is on it’s way out and balmy weather is in the forecast. That means it’s time to start planning the drink menu for the warmer days that lie ahead. When we think warm-weather drinks, we think mint juleps. The mint julep, one of the first mixed drinks, was popularized on 18th-century […]

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The Last Real Moonshiner

Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton (October 5, 1946 – March 16, 2009) An American Appalachian moonshiner originally from Maggie Valley, North Carolina. Sutton was given the nickname of “Popcorn” Sutton after damaging a bar’s faulty popcorn vending machine with a pool cue. Sutton’s career in bootlegging – and getting caught for it – extended back to the 1970s. In 1999, Sutton published Me […]

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These Waters run deep.

Heather Waters We here at Hammerstone’s Whiskey Disks, have long believed that there are only three things in life that truly help you transcend the mundane:  food, whiskey and music. It’s been our creed, that you can judge the quality of a man’s life by the quality of the food he eats, the whiskey he drinks and the […]

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Walk a mile in these shoes, and you’ll be ready for a drink.

Reef Dram Sandal We recently discovered the Reef Dram Sandal. It features a hidden flask in the heel. Now evidently, you have another option for smuggling your favorite moonshine into a sporting event or concert – provided it’s a warm weather event where open-toed shoes are appropriate. Seems to us that anywhere you’d be wearing flip-flops, you’d […]

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Tennessee Moonshine in a Mason Jar

Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine When Tennessee state law recently changed to allow the distillation of spirits, one family saw an opportunity to showcase the art of superior mountain-made moonshine. The Ole Smoky Distillery is the product of the hard work and experience of  a Tennessee family that has made moonshine in the mountains for the […]

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Brooklyn’s Whiskey War

The Whiskey War of 1869 From 1866 through 1868, New York City newspapers were full of reports of seized distilleries.  In 1867 alone, the government collected only $21,618 from Brooklyn distillers, when in fact the volume of liquor they produced should have yielded $1,225,000 in duties. The dispute between distillers and the government turned into […]

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Mail-Order Moonshine

“Good Whiskey, 40 Cents Per Quart” Check out this vintage flyer from The Casper Company of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Twenty quarts of “Mountain Dew” Moonshine for $12, plus a $4 rebate if ordered before Christmas. I remember as a young boy, hemming and hawing over the purchase of Sea Monkey eggs in the back of […]

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A Trifecta of New American Whiskey

3 New American Whiskeys The country’s greatest spirits aren’t all from Kentucky and Tennessee anymore. Here are three to try from Oregon, Virginia and Vermont. Whipper Snapper Oregon Spirit Whiskey A blend of distilled malted barley and clear corn whiskey that spends, on average, a year in a variety of casks, including Pinot Noir barrels. […]

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