Against the backdrop of the recession and the current craze for artisan
produce, illegal distilling clubs and "kitchen-sink" operations are popping
up all over the US, from California to New York and Pennsylvania.
Making and selling moonshine is outlawed in every US state and the police
treat distilling liquor without a license as a serious crime.
But while official figures are hard to come by, experts believe as many as a
million Americans could be breaking the law by making moonshine - also known
as white lightning and white dog.
"There's been a huge increase in the number of people making moonshine,"
says Max Watman, whose book, Chasing the White Dog, chronicles moonshine's