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Reliving prohibition at Moonshine Festival

Moonshine Festival

During the days of Prohibition, the town of New Straitsville, near Columbus, churned out more moonshine than anywhere else in the country. Even Al Capone had a leading role in smuggling the “Straitsville Special” to Chicago and Detroit by the light of the moon.

During the Moonshine Festival – which runs May 23-27 this year – the city gets a five-day license to brew old-fashioned moonshine to demonstrate the complicated process to festivalgoers.

The festival has been held every year since 1971, and people come from all over to hear the wild moonshine tales. Here’s looking at you, Al.

Jim DiFrangia, Stevens Strategic Communications

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