Moonshine Day 2020: National Moonshine Day Wishes, Pictures, Images, Photos, Status, Videos

By | June 4, 2020

Moonshine Day 2020: National Moonshine Day Wishes, Pictures, Images, Photos, Status, Videos:

Moonshine Day 2020

Every June 5th National Moonshine Day recognizes a beverage with a notorious record of blurring the lines of history and the law, turning ordinary men (and women) into criminals and common criminals into legends.

Moonshine was originally a slang term for high-proof distilled spirits that were produced illicitly, without government authorization.Distilling beverage alcohol outside of a registered distillery still remains illegal in the United States and most countries around the world. In recent years, however, commercial products labeled as moonshine have seen a resurgence of popularity.

Moonshine historically referred to “clear, unaged whiskey”,once made with barley in Scotland and Ireland or corn mash in the United States, though sugar became just as common in illicit liquor during the last century. The word originated in the British Isles as a result of excise laws, but only became meaningful in the United States after a tax passed during the Civil War outlawing non-registered stills. Illegal distilling accelerated during the Prohibition era (1920-1933) which mandated a total ban on alcohol production under the Eighteenth Amendment of the Constitution.

Since the amendment’s repeal in 1933, laws focus on evasion of taxation on any type of spirits or intoxicating liquors. Applicable laws were historically enforced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives of the US Department of Justice, but are now usually handled by state agencies. Enforcement agents were once known colloquially as “revenuers”.

The earliest known instance of the term “moonshine” being used to refer to illicit alcohol dates to the 1785 copy of Grose’s Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue. Prior to that, “moonshine” referred to anything “illusory” or to literally the light of the moon.

The U.S. Government considers the word a “fanciful term” and does not regulate its use on the labels of commercial products, as such, legal moonshines may be any type of spirit, which must be indicated elsewhere on the label.

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