With nearly 32,000 cases of moonshine sold in Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) stores in fiscal year 2015, there is no doubt that the distilled spirit is popular among Virginia consumers. Now moonshine fans can meet Climax Moonshine’s maker Tim Smith, who gained notoriety and fame on the Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners” TV show, and taste his products.
Smith will make appearances at three Virginia ABC stores in Southwest Virginia in mid-March. The celebrity will greet fans, take pictures and sign bottles of either of the two types of his namesake spirits Virginia ABC carries. Customers may also sample Smith’s Climax Moonshine products while at the bottle signing events.
On the following dates, Smith will appear at Virginia ABC stores:
While many people associate the term “moonshine” with illegal production, in recent years legal moonshine has found a new following among mainstream whiskey connoisseurs. Virginia ABC carries nearly 60 different moonshine products.
Virginia ABC started selling Tim Smith’s Climax Moonshine Original— which is produced in Virginia—in July 2014. That same year, the Huffington Post named Smith’s product No. 1 in a taste test of legal moonshine. Virginia ABC now carries two types of Climax Moonshine: the original sells for $34.89 for the standard 750 mL bottle and Tim Smith’s Climax Moonshine Fire #32 sells for $34.99 per 750 mL bottle.
Smith will return to Southwest Virginia next month for bottle signings on April 23 at the Virginia ABC store on Rutgers St. in Roanoke and the Old Franklin Turnpike location in Rocky Mount. When Smith appeared at three Virginia ABC retail outlets in April 2015, customers purchased—and he signed—more than 600 bottles of Climax Moonshine.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.8 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 358 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 16,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now marking its 82nd year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
TV Personality and Moonshine Namesake Tim Smith Visiting Southwest Virginia ABC Stores