Enter the Banjo: NASCAR Legend Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon Carolina Moonshine
Straight from the still, and into your grill. Junior Johnson’s own brand of family recipe Carolina Moonshine is on the market and waiting for you to tap into your own hill country fantasies. This neutral grain alcohol has all the character and subtle nuance of a ’55 Ford running a stroked Caddy motor flat-out on a country road.
“Midnight Moon follows the Johnson family’s generations-old tradition of making moonshine. Every batch is born in an authentic, copper still and is hand-crafted, in very small batches.” - Midnight Moon website
Crack open a bottle, and one whiff gets you curious. Take a swig, hold it on your tongue, and for a sec you’re in an episode of “Dukes of Hazzard” where the frame freezes as the General Lee just hit a dirt pile and is sailing over the creek, “Looks like them Duke boys got themselves into a mess of trouble again…” Swallow and you know that you’re in for a wild ride.
In fact, grabbing a mason jar and knocking back some Midnight Moon is kind of like sitting down to watch an episode of “Dukes of Hazzard”. -You’re not doing it for the taste. -In about a half-hour you know you’ll have fewer brain cells than when you started. -You sit through it for the pretty girls. -Chances are that afterward, you’ll do something outrageous and not care. (For example, I don’t have any pants on right now.)
Now this is no accident. A dainty and refined artisan craft spirit this is not. Midnight Moon is raw power. Piedmont Distillers, Inc. who produce Midnight Moon take pride in the backwoods genesis of their products. Operating as the only “legal” distillery in North Carolina, the copper pot still cranks out what they guarantee to be the “highest quality product in every bottle”. This is the basis for all other grain liquor. Neutral grain spirits. The true spirit of this drink comes from the Moonshining heritage that Junior Johnson is proud to have brought back for a new generation. Only this time, the ‘shine is on the shelves and the legacy of those moonshine runners is on the NASCAR track every weekend.
Official Junior Johnson Moonshine info: Piedmont Distillers
-Guest Reviewer: Bob Beresh