- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

SALISBURY, Pa. (AP) - A new moonshine distillery is open for business - legally - on U.S. Route 219 in western Pennsylvania.

Tall Pines Distillery in Salisbury bills itself as the first legal moonshine distillery in Somerset County since the Prohibition era of the 1920s and early 1930s. It held its grand opening over the holiday weekend, bringing in customers across the country, including Florida and New Hampshire.

Co-owner Keith Welch says they use older style equipment and use bottles instead of mason jars. The company brands itself as a “different class of hillbilly.”

The company plans to eventually serve cocktails.

State lawmakers approved a new limited distillery license in 2011 that allows distillers to produce less than 100,000 gallons of liquor a year and sell it on-site.


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