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Junior Johnson: The past and present of the family's moonshine business


Junior Johnson partnered with Piedmont Distillers in 2007, but his career in moonshining started decades ago when his father started bootlegging.  

“I’d say my father’s gifted to know how to do a business that we really went off on,” Johnson said. 

When asked about the family's moonshing business, Johnson will tell you there’s nothing like it, so much so that his family holds the record for the largest inland seizure of illegal whiskey ever made in America.

“One of them officer said 'you youngins get out of here.' He said, 'you get out of here! This is our house.' I never will forget every little old thing like that. We had a great life," Johnson said. 

Johnson has never strayed from his roots and continues to use the family recipe to make Midnight Moon.

"We’ve not bettered it. We’ve just picked up on the crowd, and it still today is what he did and what his recipe was. You just couldn’t beat it," Johnson said.

Even now with Midnight Moon being sold in 50 states and 10 countries, Johnson won’t take all the credit.  

“That’s a part that I don’t claim because Junior Johnson did it, but he didn’t do it by himself.”

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