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.
In response to our recent article (“Handcuffed: Asheville Bartenders Decry ABC Law Restrictions,” July 9 Xpress), General Manager Mark Combs of the local Alcoholic Beverage Control system had a few things to say.
Yesterday marked the 75th anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment, ending Alcohol Prohibition nationwide. That makes it an excellent time to celebrate one’s right to personal enjoyment in the form of delicious, intoxicating beverages. For those looking for leads on local watering holes and drinks, the archive of Xpress’ Bar Beat articles is an good place to start.