Last month hundreds of moonshine fans visited Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) stores in Southwest Virginia to meet Climax Moonshine’s maker Tim Smith and taste his products. The warm reception customers gave Smith—who gained notoriety and fame on the Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners” TV show—and the increasing popularity of his distilled spirits, prompted him to schedule additional bottle signings at Virginia ABC stores later this month.
Smith will make two appearances at Virginia ABC stores in Southwest Virginia and stop at a location in Charlottesville in late April. The celebrity will greet fans, take pictures and sign bottles 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:• Friday, April 22, from 5-7 p.m. — 304 Pantops Center, Charlottesville
• Saturday, April 23, from 5-7 p.m. — 400 Old Franklin Turnpike, Rocky Mount
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. In fiscal year 2015, Virginia ABC sold nearly 32,000 cases of moonshine.
Virginia ABC started selling Virginia-made Tim Smith’s Climax Moonshine Original in July 2014. 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.
When Smith visited Virginia ABC stores in Chatham, Pounding Mill and Bristol in mid-March, nearly 350 customers attended the events. During the three, two-hour bottle signings and tastings, Virginia ABC sold a combined 455 bottles of Climax Original and Fire #32 moonshines.
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 17,000 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 More Virginia ABC Stores