Modern-Day Moonshine

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Hipster Moonshine by Wayne Curtis
The Atlantic , April 2010

Watman reports that refined moonshining hasn't died--in fact, it's booming today, taken up by a new generation, mostly in big cities and micropolitan towns. Practitioners make tiny batches not to resell, but mostly to see what sorts of goodness they can concoct. "It's the same people who drove the home-brewing trend, and they're just as dorky," Watman said. "It tends to attract tattoo guys and the more outré farmers'-market types, although in the mountain states the practitioners are a little more snowboardy."

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she edits digital features.

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