Moonshiners

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  • TV-14
  • 2011
  • 11 Seasons
  • 6.0  (1,413)

American History is an interesting, sometimes sordid tale, that relies on bloodshed, crime and sometimes illegal activities. That, while seemingly cold and callous is what the United States was built on; of course not exclusively, but it played a part. "Moonshiners", a show featured on the Discovery Channel, is a reality show the delves into the world of moonshine production. Moonshine, for those not in the know, is a type of alcohol that is made and sold without the legal licenses and authority. It is often created deep in the woods of the deep south. Moonshine is differentiated from other liquors by its distinct taste, high alcohol content. Moonshine is generally 180 proof to 190 proof. The show is currently in its second season. The first season and introductory episodes used footage from a 2002 documentary that took a look at modern-day bootlegging. The Documentary was aired on PBS and Discovery legally bought the rights to use it. The documentary took a look at illegal bootlegging operations and the reason people continue to produce such liquor regardless of the legal issues. The documentary featured a bootlegger who was arrested in 2009 for illegally distilling alcohol. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail and later committed suicide. The bootleggers shown in the show are believed to be "recreating" what one would do if they were bootlegging. The government of Virginia, were much of the show is being filmed, has stated publicly that if any illegal activity was actually taking place that arrests would be made. It would appear as though the Discovery Channel has recreated, for the public, the deep underbelly of a society that simply does not want to the world to know they exist. Regardless, "Moonshiners", is an interesting, captivating and thrilling look into one of the businesses that has quietly existed under the radar for decades and the culture that surrounds it. Moonshining, for some, isn't just a business or activity; it is a passed down tradition and a way of life.

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Moonshine of Mexico
13. Moonshine of Mexico
January 26, 2022
Tim treks to the town of Tequila in search of the legendary moonshine of Mexico. Tickle, Josh and the Laws build an assembly line of submarine stills for a large-scale run of pricey cherry shine. Mark and Digger take backwoods rye to a whole new level.
Under Pressure
12. Under Pressure
January 19, 2022
Amanda helps Mark and Huck use science to infuse fresh-picked pears into their traditional corn shine. Richard teams up with Mark and Digger to make cherry cognac. Jerry returns from his close call to help Mike build a waterfall still site in Tennessee.
Hard Seltzer
11. Hard Seltzer
January 12, 2022
When Josh devises a formula for a profitable hard seltzer, he must convince Tickle and the Laws to contribute their valuable peach brandy to a risky enterprise. Mark and Digger attempt to turn a windfall of scuppernong grapes into Appalachian cognac.
Appalachian Ambrosia
10. Appalachian Ambrosia
January 5, 2022
Mark and Digger make a high-proof version of a favorite Southern dessert. Tim takes a backwoods ritual into the lab and onto store shelves. Amanda lends Mark and Huck her cutting edge process for infusing flavor into their old-school corn whiskey.
Young Guns
9. Young Guns
December 22, 2021
Mark and Digger revisit the abandoned theme park of their misspent youth and convert a carnival ride into a whiskey-aging machine. Mark Rogers invites young-gun Amanda to trade knowledge for wisdom. Mike's blueberry champagne is the toast of his wedding.
Mountain Mayhem
8. Mountain Mayhem
December 15, 2021
Mark and Digger search in an unlikely location for the ideal spot to sea-age their Tennessee Whiskey. A wrong turn earns Josh his next broken bone. When Jerry gets rushed to the ER, his partner is forced to figure out a complex recipe without him.
Bottle Shock
7. Bottle Shock
December 8, 2021
Mark and Digger retrieve their sea-aged whiskey only to discover how easily it slips through their fingers. Richard and Craig run into trouble upsizing absinthe production. Tickle and the Laws look to moonshine history to get their season on track.
Champagne or Shine Pain?
6. Champagne or Shine Pain?
December 1, 2021
Mark and Digger attempt to reroute a limestone creek over a mountain and onto private property. Mike drops a bombshell on Jerry while making backwoods blueberry champagne. Mark and Huck experiment with making moonshine from a surplus of raspberry syrup.
Like Water for Moonshine
5. Like Water for Moonshine
November 24, 2021
When Mark and Digger ask to run on commercial property, the answer is as shocking as the results. Mike and Jerry turn blueberries into top shelf brandy, but it's the mash that's worth celebrating. Richard chases the green fairy to make backwoods absinthe.
Backwoods Old Fashioned
4. Backwoods Old Fashioned
November 17, 2021
Mark and Digger hit a wall transporting Tennessee water to Popcorn's North Carolina still site. Mark and Huck attempt to make fortified wine the old-fashioned way - with their feet. Richard tries to summon the green fairy for a New Orleans absinthe buyer.
Oh Josh, Where Art Thou?
3. Oh Josh, Where Art Thou?
November 10, 2021
Tickle and the Laws escape from a raid on their still site only to discover that Josh is missing. Tim and Howard tackle a gas shortage with a high-proof solution. Mike and Jerry rebuild their oak barrel pot still after blowing up their first attempt.
Holy Grail of Moonshine
2. Holy Grail of Moonshine
November 3, 2021
JB leads Mark and Digger to the secret site of Popcorn Sutton's infamous last run. Mike and Jerry's attempt to make a still from a used whiskey barrel blows up in their faces. Tickle, Josh and the Laws get ambushed, forcing them to run for the hills.
Boom Time for Moonshine
1. Boom Time for Moonshine
October 27, 2021
Mark and Digger get raided by cops forcing them to flee across state lines. Tickle and the Laws assemble a new mega operation as Josh heads their way with a truckload of fruit. Mike and Jerry build the courage to return to the scene of their own crime.
New Season Kickoff Summit
101. New Season Kickoff Summit
October 21, 2021
Moonshiners is back and the backwoods is booming. For Appalachia's liquor makers, it's like the "Roaring Twenties" again. But a boom time for moonshine also comes with a lot more risk. America's favorite outlaws reveal secrets from the booming new season.
Rebel Rye
102. Rebel Rye
December 30, 2021
Tim and Howard go to Pennsylvania in search of the spirit that sparked the Whiskey Rebellion; as they track down pre-prohibition rye and a Colonial-era grist mill, Tickle builds a one-of-a-kind still to help re-create America's lost rye whiskey.
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American History is an interesting, sometimes sordid tale, that relies on bloodshed, crime and sometimes illegal activities. That, while seemingly cold and callous is what the United States was built on; of course not exclusively, but it played a part. "Moonshiners", a show featured on the Discovery Channel, is a reality show the delves into the world of moonshine production.

Moonshine, for those not in the know, is a type of alcohol that is made and sold without the legal licenses and authority. It is often created deep in the woods of the deep south. Moonshine is differentiated from other liquors by its distinct taste, high alcohol content. Moonshine is generally 180 proof to 190 proof.

The show is currently in its second season. The first season and introductory episodes used footage from a 2002 documentary that took a look at modern-day bootlegging. The Documentary was aired on PBS and Discovery legally bought the rights to use it. The documentary took a look at illegal bootlegging operations and the reason people continue to produce such liquor regardless of the legal issues. The documentary featured a bootlegger who was arrested in 2009 for illegally distilling alcohol. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail and later committed suicide.

The bootleggers shown in the show are believed to be "recreating" what one would do if they were bootlegging. The government of Virginia, were much of the show is being filmed, has stated publicly that if any illegal activity was actually taking place that arrests would be made. It would appear as though the Discovery Channel has recreated, for the public, the deep underbelly of a society that simply does not want to the world to know they exist.

Regardless, "Moonshiners", is an interesting, captivating and thrilling look into one of the businesses that has quietly existed under the radar for decades and the culture that surrounds it. Moonshining, for some, isn't just a business or activity; it is a passed down tradition and a way of life.

Moonshiners is a series that is currently running and has 11 seasons (236 episodes). The series first aired on December 6, 2011.

Where to Watch Moonshiners

Moonshiners is available for streaming on the Discovery Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Moonshiners on demand at Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Vudu, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Apple TV, Discovery and Pluto TV.

  • Premiere Date
    December 6, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    6.0  (1,413)