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Think the days of bootleggers, backwoods stills and "white lightning" are over? Not a chance! It's a multi-million dollar industry. But perhaps more importantly to the moonshiners, it's a tradition dating back hundreds of years, passed down to them from their forefathers. It's part of their history and culture. While this practice is surprisingly alive and well, it's not always legal.
Discovery's series Moonshiners tells the stories of the men and women who keep tradition alive, and make a fortune in the process, distilling illegal whiskey in the back woods of their respective territories. Moonshining is a multi-million dollar industry, based on a practice that precedes the founding fathers, and it's not slowing down any time soon.
Shiners hail from all across Appalachia, and as far south as Mississippi, working with the elements to create the stuff of legends, all through processes passed down by oral tradition. While moonshine can bring a pretty price, it's all crafted outside the bounds of federal and state laws, and the authorities have taken notice. Moonshiners must constantly adapt to the changing methods of law enforcement, applying new, covert methods of distillation and distribution to increase profits and stay one step ahead of the law.
This season, a veteran moonshiner goes legal, leaving another to take over his region. Traditionalists go modern, in an attempt to dominate and expand their territory. Rookies enter their second season, with knowledge gained and a chip on their shoulders. And an influx of new shiners creates a wave of competition the likes of which has never been seen before.