VIDEO: 'Moonshiners' star Tim Smith shows up in downtown Columbus

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 30, 2013 

A week after Shaq and John Rich came to town, another familiar face showed up in downtown Columbus: Tim Smith from "Moonshiners" on the Discovery Channel.

Smith came to a Tuesday party to promote his Climax Moonshine at Bootleggers in downtown Columbus. Yes, we're talking about legal moonshine.

Climax Moonshine is billed as the "drink of defiance."

What's the secret to a quality moonshine experience? Well, probably a designated driver.

But Smith also taught us the intricacies of drinking moonshine, including the interesting technique of taking a gulp of moonshine followed buy a gulp of sweet tea.

"Moonshiners" on the Discovery Channel "tells the story of those who brew their shine - often in the woods near their homes using camouflaged equipment - and the local authorities who try to keep them honest," according to the network.

The show is set in Appalachia. Smith hails from Climax, Va.

His online bio notes, "Despite his general disregard for authority, Tim’s become quite an authority himself. He knows what good, pure and strong should taste like. He may be legit, but make no mistake – Tim Smith and his Climax Moonshine are the real deal."

Here's a quick history of moonshining, courtesy of the Discovery Channel:

"The origin of moonshining in the United States has been linked with the Whiskey Rebellion during the 1790s. Under President George Washington, a federal tax was imposed on whiskey, which farmers strongly resented - leading to a backlash and rise in illegal distillers. Even the origins of NASCAR have been linked back to the skilled driving of moonshiners eluding law enforcement."

The Ledger-Enquirer's Joe Paull and Sonya Sorich spent some quality time with Smith. Watch them sample his moonshine in this video.

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