Finally, there is a final level of reality that we must tackle. This is the story of moonlight aka white lightning and the influence of culture on itself. The days of prohibition are long gone, but moonshine is still illegal. The hit discovery series “Moonshiners” documents the lives of modern smugglers Tim and Tickle, who conduct business in the moonlight against the law. They met with us at the FOX411 studio to discuss on national television what it`s like to run an illegal distillery. Portions of the show featuring Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton are from a documentary by Neal Hutcheson. Hutcheson`s documentary was filmed in 2002 and released the same year as This is the Last Dam Run of Likker I`ll Ever Make.  In 2008, a version of the documentary, edited for television, aired on PBS and Documentary Channel titled The Last One and won a Southeast Emmy Award in 2009. Sutton was arrested in 2007 by ATF agents in Cocke County, Tennessee (led by Jim Cavanaugh of Waco Siege Fame) for illegal distillation of alcohol and possession of a handgun by a criminal, and sentenced to eighteen months in prison in 2009. He later committed suicide, apparently to avoid serving his federal prison sentence and because he had been diagnosed with cancer.  As a reality show, you can expect most of what is described to take place in real life. The equipment they use is the same type of equipment that real moonshiners would use. What`s more, the avoidance tactics they use to evade law enforcement may just as easily be what true moonshiners do.
From time to time, at election time, you will see a good game of chance or a moonlight flash. The rest of the time, however, the moonshiner really has to do something else. In fact, the only reason Tickle was arrested was possession of a sawed-off shotgun. So if the moonshiners in the series get the right permits and pay the proper taxes, they can walk around the forest and make as much corn alcohol as they want without ever breaking any laws. This brings us to a bigger question, is the Moonshiner TV series real or fake? The Discovery Channel show has been on the air since 2011 and now spans 11 seasons. In the show, you can see how the 200-year-old moonlight tradition is made. The whole series is dramatized to show how the characters evade law enforcement and hide to make hard alcohol, or do they? So, is the Moonshiners TV show real or fake? Well, it depends on what you consider authentic or fake. The production processes they use to make moonlight are real, as are the avoidance tactics, though more dramatized and romanticized. In addition, moonshine is a low-level crime that many police officers ignore or pay little attention to. From this point of view, we can conclude that the show is real.
This is how the Virginia ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement confirmed this in March 2012. They said they made arrests when illegal alcohol-related activities took place. They also told The Associated Press that they were not involved in the misrepresentation of moonlight production. “Authenticity was at the heart of everything we did for the brand,” says Ryan Lynch, Managing Partner of Beardwood & Co. “We started by making Camo, Tim`s real dog, the brand`s mascot. Camo is an integral part of Tim`s Still in the backwoods of Climax, protecting against intruders and law enforcement, and is the symbol of true loyalty. Although Tim`s moonshine is now legal, the recipe is the “real business” and true to his company`s roots. Moonshiners are rarely arrested. But once caught, they are usually charged with tax evasion with a sentence of about ten years in prison. There is also an additional provision in which the criminal loses the land that was used to produce the illegal moonshine. Jesse only appeared in the first season and never made another appearance due to the stunt pulled by the Moonshiners team.
He claimed that the producers were not completely open to the series and only needed him to create their illusion for viewers. Source: @cedarmountainmoonshine To quote the Virginia Department of Liquor Control (ABC), “If illegal activity had actually taken place, the Virginia Bureau of Law Enforcement ABC would have taken action.” This statement was made after ABC took a look at the series and its practices, only to conclude that it was false and merely dramatized the entire tradition in the moonlight. The main actors of the series, who have starred since day one, are Tim Smith and Tickle; Both are moonshiners. Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton is perhaps the most famous moonshiner in the world, who was only seen in the first season of the series. However, it is important to note that the images were not made for the show. Tim Smith, known for his lead role in Discovery Channel`s “Moonshiners” and for his critically acclaimed Tim Smith Original Climax Moonshine, is a third-generation moonshiner who managed to keep his family`s 100-year-old moonlight recipe a secret and make it a major national brand. Tickling: Also, many of these places do something they call moonshine, they run it through a tower that pulls pretty much everything and essentially creates a vodka. So you get a vodka with a label that says moonlight. But it`s vodka, not moonlight. That`s why so many moonlight distilleries openly produce and sell moonlight.
And that`s why moonshiners historically fight against the IRS and don`t say ATF. Tim Smith remains the captain of the series. He remains committed to accepting moonlight practices by showing their authenticity and rich tradition. He hopes to encourage more people to realize the value of his team by advocating for a moonlit multigenerational family that continues to elude the poor of the law. Let us walk you through the whole idea behind Moonshiners and make you understand why the show has been on the air for so many years. There is a lot of speculation behind its illegality and legitimacy, so much is left to speculation. I hope that at the end of this article you have decided if you want to see the show or look for something more realistic. One important thing to keep in mind when it comes to moonshine is that it is illegal because of its untaxed sales, not because of the illegal nature of the drink.
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau classifies moonlight as a specialty spirits. You are prohibited from producing Moonlight for sale and distribution; Unless you get a permit, which is expensive and difficult to obtain. There are many people who have wondered how Moonshiners managed to stay on the TV screen. Because if moonshine production has been legalized as long as interested parties have obtained permission from the relevant authorities, the show claims to be dealing with illegal moonshiners. For this reason, while there are many people who simply enjoy moonshiners without thinking too much about the small details, there are also others who can`t help but think about these issues. I watched the show from day one when Tickle fell off the roof and broke his ribs. Tim discovered the extreme cost of legalization. People are right, but as long as taxes are paid, they are pretty much left alone.
The only thing that amazes me is that the forest health department cannot go down the throat to keep the product clean and safe, but on the other hand, they use new pots and it is cooked to make it sterile. I live in Ky and one day I will go south or east to meet some of these guys and find out what`s real and what`s not. I`m sure there`s a lot of staging, but regardless, these guys are mountain boys. Don`t worry much about the time he tries to talk and be more professional than him. Master distiller I think they`re running out of ideas these days. However, it was later discovered that he also had cancer. The famous moonshiner is known for embracing the moonlight tradition like no other to publish an autobiography documenting his life and practices.