Silver Creek Craft Distillery’s Southern Moonshine

WORDS Tracy Greenwood

Craft distillation is all the rage, so it’s no surprise good ol’ American-style moonshine has found its way to the R of SA.

Moonshine originated in the United States during Prohibition, when liquor was banned and distillers plied their trade by the light of the moon. Those days are long gone and moonshine is now legally produced in the States and elsewhere, including right here in South Africa.

American-style Southern Moonshine is distilled in small batches at Silver Creek Craft Distillery, located in a former mine building in Randfontein. “We model our moonshine on the traditional bourbon whisky mash bill, or recipe, which comprises 51% yellow and white corn, to which we add crushed wheat and malted barley,” says Silver Creek Craft Distillery founder and chief distiller Mark Taverner. Flavoured whisky, he says, “could be the next big thang in South Africa.”

After Southern Moonshine walked away with five gongs in its debut at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards 2017, who are we to argue? (And don’t even get us started on how much we like the bottle with its finger-hole handle, modelled on a traditional moonshine jug.)

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