The distillery is to be called Dark Corner, but this is one operation that no longer has to keep itself hidden in one.
Thanks to loosened small-batch laws in South Carolina, Joe Fenten and Richard Wenger will be setting up shop in Greenville, the state’s second-largest city. According to Reuters, it’s the first time moonshine will be legally produced in the state. They’re able to do so because of reduced taxes on micro-distilleries.
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So break out the still and pour in some corn mash and sugar. They plan to produce their moonshine in the style of yore, producing the un-aged corn whiskey in a custom-designed copper still, a brew that will measure 100-proof, or 50% alcohol.
Of course, this begs the question if it can still be called moonshine if produced under legal (taxable, that is) circumstances. Though the two entrepreneurs will abide by the law in their operation, they are also planning to memorialize all the not-so-legitimate moonshiners that came before them.
Their Dark Corner Distillery will include a museum dedicated to the eponymous Dark Corner region of the country, a mountainous region of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee that is the home of hooch.
Indeed, the mountainous region of the South is so ingrained in moonshine culture that NASCAR was birthed from the souped-up cars driven by bootleg whiskey runners. Though now we expect cars to speed toward the distillery.
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