Midnight Moon Moonshine

Midnight Moon Moonshine at The Liquor Barn

When most of us think of Moonshine, it conjures up images of toothless hillbillies cooking up “rotgut” in the woods.  While this image might have been well-earned, it’s far from the whole story of Moonshine.

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So where did it all start?  You might be surprised.  Because of the secretive nature of illicit distilling, it’s hard to nail down specifics of the history of moon-shining.  Moonshine is not an American invention.  It’s actually a generic term for any distilled alcoholic beverage made from indigenous ingredients.  Moonshining is practiced in almost every country of the world, often reflecting the customs, tastes, and raw materials for fermentation available in each region.  The term commonly applies to small-scale production, which is often illegal or tightly regulated in many countries

It’s believed the name itself goes back to 18th century England, where a strange series of events involving contraband liquor and lies about cheese (seriously, read the article) earned some sneaky residents of the village of Wiltshire the nickname “Moonrakers”.

Moonshine has typically been produced in defiance of alcohol prohibition or excessive alcohol taxation.  The rise of American moonshining came out of prohibition.  At times when the law makes obtaining alcohol legally difficult or impossible, opportunities arise for those able and willing to make it for themselves.  The oppressive prohibition laws of the 1920’s and 30’s, coupled with a high-demand product like alcohol, made the creation and distribution of moonshine very profitable, and thereby a very appealing prospect for many Americans, rich and poor.

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During prohibition, many moonshiners would smuggle their product in custom, souped-up cars in order to evade law enforcement.  This is commonly believed to be how stock car racing and eventually NASCAR got their start.  Junior Johnson, the founder of Midnight Moon, is as much a legend for his notorious moonshining as he is for his contribution to the sport of auto racing!

The old “white lightning” has earned itself a bit of a rough reputation.  If its illicit history weren’t enough, there’s also the common notion that moonshine is…..well…..nasty tasting stuff that might make you go blind.  A big part of this stigma probably comes from some of the inherent hazards of DIY distilling.  Without regulations or oversight, quality was often a matter of the distiller’s skill (or lack of).  Shiners often used inappropriate and unsafe materials for still building.  Used automobile radiators were commonly converted into condensers for distilling.  While they likely worked great for that purpose, the alcohol produced often contained harmful residual substances such as glycol from antifreeze and lead.

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Now that we’ve established that it’s an illegal, unsafe, and completely unappealing beverage, we need to


Midnight Moon Moonshines

Midnight Moon is NOT your grandpappy’s shine.  It’s based on Junior Johnson’s family moonshine recipe and—true to the roots of moonshine—it is made from corn, handcrafted in small batches and born in an authentic copper still.  However, Midnight Moon uses a state-of-the-art distillation process to make a superior quality spirit that’s very clean and ultra smooth.  Midnight Moon does not have the harsh, heavy corn taste people often associate with illegal moonshine.

In addition to their traditional, small-batch moonshine, Midnight Moon comes in five flavors- Apple Pie, Cherry, Strawberry, Blueberry, and Blackberry.  Every hand-packed jar contains real fruit, which slowly infuses the moonshine with smooth, natural fruit flavor.

Modern Moonshine is currently enjoying a well-deserved popularity, so The Liquor Barn has stocked up!  We have one of the best (if not the best) selection of moonshines in Denver.  Come by and grab a jar for yourself.  It also makes a fun and unique gift!