NEW MOON: Modern day distillers in WNC are bringing the region's most-storied spirit into the 21st century. Photo by George Etheredge.

Bottled lightning: Appalachia­n moonshinin­g in the 21st century

Western North Carolina is now home to a growing number of craft distillers making legal moonshine. Blending traditional recipes with new technology and methods, these pioneers are bringing Appalachia’s most fabled and misunderstood product into the 21st century, changing cultural perceptions even as they adapt to shifting economic realities.

Not only will local photographer Ken Abbott's pictures of Hickory Nut Gap Farm make it into his forthcoming book Useful Work, but the artist's visuals will also be on display at the Asheville Art Museum from Friday, July 24, until Sunday, October 11. Photo of longtime farm employee Clarence McAbee by Abbott

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng initiative­s

Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a photo book capturing Hickory Nut Gap Farm’s storied past and present, a “Barnraiser” to help the farm build a kitchen and butchery on-site and a mobile app for mental wellness information hub MindPod Network.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Restaurateur Rosetta Buan celebrates the first anniversary of her Buchi Bar this weekend.

Rosetta’s Buchi Bar celebrates its first year

“Everyone has their own way of thinking about what Rosetta’s is and isn’t,” says Rosetta’s Kitchen and Buchi Bar owner Rosetta Buan. “Some people see it as a really punk enclave; some people think we are only a hippy-friendly establishment. … A lot of the time it is just a matter of what time you show up. The Buchi Bar celebrates its first anniversary this weekend with drink specials, music and more.

FRESH FARE : Kostas Dotsikas at Papa's Pizza strives to use fresh, local ingredients in his Greek dishes.

Quick dish: A slice of Greece at Papa’s Pizza

Although Papa’s Pizza’s location on New Leicester Highway is removed from the bustle of the Asheville food scene, owner Kostas Dotsikas‘s vision is one familiar to downtown foodies: Greek dishes made from scratch with local ingredients. Dotsikas bought Papa’s Pizza in 2002 and runs it with the help of his sister; wife, Amy Dotsikas; and parents, Jimmy and Tina Dotsikas, who […]