Alabama Making its First Legal Moonshine

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UNION SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama's first legal distillery since Prohibition has opened in a county famous for producing illegal whiskey.

High Ridge Sprits operates in a former horse barn in rural Bullock County. Its shiny metal tanks and spotless concrete floor look like any food processing facility. Employees' relaxed pace indicate there are no worries about a raid by state liquor agents.

Head distiller Jamie Ray says it's a little different from the way it's been done in the woods of Bullock County for decades. A creek behind High Ridge Distillery even has the remnants of a still that got raided years ago.

Ray delivered the first 37 cases of his Stills Crossroads Alabama `Shine to the state liquor agency Oct. 24.

The American Distilling Institute says High Ridge is one of 602 craft distillers across the country, and the number is growing.

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