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Why Do They Call it Moonshine?

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Why Do They Call it Moonshine?

Why Do They Call It Moonshine?

Moonshine is as American as apple pie.  Prohibition did not stop people from wanting alcohol.  Prohibition did not stop people from wanting money.  Put those two desires together and you have the illegal production of alcohol called “moonshining.”  “Moonshiners” is a term used for people who did their production at night to avoid the government agents (G-Men) and Treasury Agents (T-Men) who patrolled the hills of Appalachia looking to stop production of illegal hootch.

Production of moonshine illegal alcohol required the use of stills.  The stills were heated by fires and produced tell-tale smells, sounds and smoke.  All the government men had to do was look up in the woods, see the smoke and go stop the illegal production.  Being smarter than these government agents, makers began producing at night, by the light of the moon.  These backwoods brewmasters became known as moonshiners.  The moonshiners and their distributors (known as bootleggers) became local legends.  In colonial times, these distributors would conceal their product inside their tall riding boots, which is how they got their name. More recently, bootleggers in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s took to racing cars packed with moonshine through the night to avoid local police.  The cops never stood a chance.  The love of horsepower and a well-earned reputation for driving skills led directly from the backwoods bootleggers to the NASCAR racing series.  In fact, the winner of the first ever NASCAR race had used the same car to make a bootleg run just a week earlier.

headshot low res moonshineOVI Attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself Dayton’s choice for drunk driving defense. Contact Charles Rowland by phone at (937) 318-1384 or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263). If you need assistance after hours, call the 24/7 DUI Hotline at (937) 776-2671.  You can have DaytonDUI at your fingertips by downloading the DaytonDUI Android App or have DaytonDUI sent directly to your mobile device by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Facebook, @DaytonDUI on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Pheed and Pintrest or get RSS of the Ohio DUI blog.  You can emailCharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.  “All I do is DUI defense.”

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Charles M. Rowland II has been representing the accused drunk driver for over 20 years. Contact him at (937) 318-1384 if you find yourself facing a DUI (now called OVI) charge.

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