Spirits

Brew in Comfort… Texas, That Is

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The moon shines bright in Texas in more ways than one. The Texas Hill Country offers moonshine of various kinds, in one town in particular—Comfort. Home brews are made today, some legal and others not. Federal laws say a household with two adults can brew as much as 200 gallons of wine or beer each year, but those tasty drinks are not the same as the harder spirits. A few states allow a brew of White Lightning, but the best way to enjoy the beverage is through a legal distillery, like Texas Hill Country Distillers in Comfort, Texas.

ComfortPhoto: Austin360

So, where does “moonshine” derive its name? According to rumors and legends, the white whiskey came to America in the late 18th century, mainly from Irish immigrants. These settlers called it ‘Gaelic.’ Oh, what’s that? You don’t speak Gaelic? Well, okay, a morsel of English is in order. The word translates to “water of life.” Distillers usually brewed their concoction during moonlit hours. The brew was illegal—thereby the “water of life” became moonshine or white lightening. Today, the catchy term is often used as a marketing tool for legal brews and you will find a variety of the good stuff brewed in Comfort, Texas in the Texas Hill Country.

ComfortPhoto: Wikipedia.org

How about wine made from cactus? Thirst quenchers made by Texas Hill Country Distillers include wine made from cacti. Texas has plenty of that plant, so why not use it for wine? You may find a drink called Cactus Moonshine or Jalapeno Moonshine, or Moonshine Gin. You’ll find an interesting perusal of beverages in Comfort, Texas, and if you are feeling creative, how about invent one? Ask for Sagebrush Moonshine. If they don’t have it, perhaps they’ll make it and you’ll find it on the menu the next time you are in the area.

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