I recently watched a show about moonshine on one of the learning networks. There was a lot of history, including how the early whiskey runners became NASCAR drivers. What surprised me, however, is that the show claimed moonshine use is on the rise in urban areas like DC, Philly, and Baltimore. They even busted up a speakeasy in some guys house.
The show claimed a jug of moonshine sells for about 20 bucks, and that these underground bars charge about a buck for a drink. Um, that doesn’t seem like a very good deal at the wholesale or retail level. If you wanted to sit around some guy’s house and get drunk, you could probably drink pretty decent legit booze for $1 a drink.
I can understand people making booze for private consumption in rural areas, but to have a whole distribution network including long haul transportation and retail sales doesn’t seem worth beating the revenue man out of his cut when you factor in legal risk and safety issues.
So, did the show exaggerate the prevalence in urban areas and/or mess up the economics? (This is probably the same channel that once claimed there is 50 gazillion dollars worth of gold in Fort Knox)
Or are there a lot of people who actually prefer home made whiskey (with lead, antifreeze, dead raccoons and all) to the corporate stuff on the market?