In this case, competition with its own liquor stores (yes, to those of you on the outside looking in, while our government tries mightily to prevent smoking, the commonwealth of Virginia is in the booze business; one man's sin is another's pleasure, it seems ...).
So when some entrepreneur looks to providing the discriminating public with a delicate, smooth, well-balanced, quality, refined pot likker, the state goes completely apey (a term I learned from the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and hoped to someday use ...):
Rural moonshiners still making their potent spiritsA whole lot of liquor. A whole lot of untaxed liquor.
People have always enjoyed their liquor in rural Franklin County, which calls itself the "moonshine capital of the world," a slogan seen on billboards and T-shirts and even at a moonshine exhibit on the campus of a local Methodist college. A late-1990s federal-state crackdown, Operation Lightning Strike, slowed the liquor trade considerably.
Federal officials say it has yet to recover. But the ABC says moonshining is starting to make a comeback as moonshiners, who have been known to hide their stills behind fake headstones in cemeteries and camouflage them with green paint in the woods, adapt to the scrutiny.
"I could give you a list about as long as your arm of people who I know are in the business full time right now," said Buddy Driskill, special agent in charge of the ABC's Lynchburg office. Driskill says the District and Baltimore are prime destinations for the untaxed and unlicensed liquor, named after 18th-century bootleggers who smuggled brandy off the British coast by the light of the moon. These days, people consume moonshine in illicit establishments known as shot houses and "nip joints."
"They're making a whole lot of liquor," Driskill said. (link)
Can't be havin' that. You guys need to get with it, stop making life miserable for those state revenuers, and be thinking about hair sheep. Whatever they are.