The Best Episodes of Moonshiners
Last Updated: Mar 18, 2019
Think the days of bootleggers, backwoods stills and "white lightning" are over? Not a chance! It's a multi-million dollar industry. But perhaps more importantly to the moonshiners, it's a tradition dating back hundreds of years, passed down to them from their forefathers. It's part of their history and culture. While this practice is surprisingly alive and well, it's not always legal. Discovery Channel's all-new series MOONSHINERS tells the story of those who brew their shine - often in the woods near their homes using camouflaged equipment - and the local authorities who try to keep them honest. Viewers will witness practices rarely, if ever, seen on television including the sacred rite of passage for a moonshiner - firing up the still for the first time. They will also meet legends, including notorious moonshiner Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton.
#1 - Popcorn's Secret Stash
Season 8 - Episode 5
Ten years after Popcorn Sutton's death, his widow reveals a clue that could lead Mark and Digger to a hidden stash; Mike must gin up his brandy game to pay off his debt to Mark and Digger; Donnie and Teresa build a still site in a Kentucky cave.
#2 - Mid-season Secret Summit
Season 8 - Episode 8
Booted off his backwoods still site, Josh turns to his stock car racing roots to invent a whole new way of making moonshine; and when their still site gets compromised, Virginia shiners Henry and Kenny enlist the help of a bootlegging expert, Amos Law.
#3 - Backwoods Justice
Season 8 - Episode 3
Tensions boil over in Tennessee as Mike must answer for blowing up Mark and Digger's still. With Tickle in jail, JT answers the call when two outlaw shiners show up looking for help in the woods. Josh faces more bad news in the form of a bear.
#4 - Full Throttle Throwdown
Season 8 - Episode 12
Fast cars collide with backwoods tradition as Moonshiner Josh Owens puts pedal to the metal on the Carolina Dragway. Gasser rules mean vintage cars and parts only, but in skilled hands heritage pays off in horsepower. These gearheads race for glory.
#5 - Mobile Moonshiner Madness
Season 8 - Episode 13
Josh debuts his mobile still at a North Carolina biker rally. In the Great Smoky Mountains, Mike gets burned by a taste of his own medicine. There's a reason Franklin County, VA is the Moonshine Capital of America, and someone there is above the law.
#6 - 100 Proof Heritage
Season 8 - Episode 14
Mark and Digger's first run of barrel-aged bourbon gets interrupted by a bear. Scaling up Tickle's double rye tests Tim's backwoods engineering. Mark Rogers builds a malt house to make corn whiskey. In Kentucky, Donnie and Theresa come up short.
#7 - Legend of Popcorn Sutton
Season 8 - Episode 15
Mark and Digger find a decade-old jar of Popcorn Sutton's shine and vow to re-create their mentor's infamous last run; with help from old-timer JB Rader, they rebuild Popcorn's pot still and recount the antics of Appalachia's most legendary outlaw.
#8 - Bootleg Hustle
Season 1 - Episode 7
It's the dead of winter in Appalachia, and moonshine season is months away. Moonshiner Tim and his partner Tickle are planning a daring 100-mile bootleg run capped with a risky midday moonshine transfer - something Tim rarely does.
#9 - Hillbilly Ingenuity
Season 8 - Episode 10
As Josh gets set to fire up his hidden mobile still at a biker rally, law enforcement gets wise to his illicit plan. Mark & Digger's backwoods potato vodka hits a sweet spot. Short on payback cash, Mike and Daniel invent a new way to get out of debt.
#10 - Moonshine Takedown
Season 4 - Episode 6
Tickle nails down a stash spot. Josh and Bill butt heads in the backwoods. Jim Tom and Roy are back in action. Mark and Digger's still goes from old school to state-of-the-art. And Mark and Jeff put the bells and whistles on their new shine spot.
#11 - Burden of Proof
Season 8 - Episode 6
Booted off his backwoods still site, Josh turns to his stock-car racing roots to invent a whole new way of making moonshine. Old-timer JB comes to the rescue as Mark and Digger fall short on a run. Mark Rogers faces a close encounter with the law.
#12 - Foraging for a Long Winter Ahead
Season 7 - Episode 17
In Tennessee, Mike sets himself up for a career high with a run of specialty liquor but faces a devastating setback. In the last run of the season, Sondra takes the reigns and Rodgers tampers with his final run in an attempt to cash out.
#13 - Bootleggers Bounty
Season 8 - Episode 11
Tracking down an old-time bootlegger, Mark and Digger uncover treasures Popcorn Sutton left behind. In debt, Mike and Daniel engineer a split pot still to upgrade their shine, and its price. Patti and David convert pontoons into a bayou still site.
#15 - Adios, Mr. Still
Season 2 - Episode 9
Gunfire erupts in the bamboo patch just as Josh & Bill fire up their still for the first time this season. Meanwhile, Jeff, Mark & Jim Tom run a batch of President George Washington's rye whiskey. Then, Tickle hits the skids when his still is sabotaged.
#17 - Outlaw Brotherhood
Season 1 - Episode 4
Moonshiner Tim and his partner Tickle soup up Tim's hot rod when they are forced into a daring, daytime bootlegging run. Meanwhile, a hurricane threatens the still site. Then, a new bootlegging biker legend sets out on an 800 mile run.
#18 - Moonshiner's Apprentice
Season 8 - Episode 9
Mark and Digger's new apprentice proves talent can't be taught. Josh tempts fate converting a new race car trailer into a mobile moonshining masterpiece. Mark Rogers enlists a retired lawman to bootleg 30 gallons of shine into a music festival.
#19 - Legacy On The Line
Season 8 - Episode 2
Moonshine season is on and the shiners must step it up to stay ahead of big liquor and the law. A 100mph wipeout puts Josh's operation in jeopardy, Tim takes a risk on rye, and Mark and Digger are hell-bent on backwoods justice after Mike's betrayal.
#22 - High Proof Holidays
Season 8 - Episode 1
It's Christmas in Appalachia and Tim Smith is 4000 miles away in Alaska making a special delivery to his northernmost customer. In Tennessee, Mark and Digger cook up a plan to make a holiday run of liquor for two legendary shiners from a bygone era.
#23 - Breaking the Laws
Season 8 - Episode 7
When their still site gets compromised, shiners Henry and Kenny enlist the help of bootlegging legend, Amos Law; to pay off his debt to Mark and Digger, Mike runs his still to the breaking point; Tim doubles down on JT and Tickle's double rye.
#24 - Last nail in the Coffin
Season 7 - Episode 18
In this explosive season finale, backwoods rivalries reach the breaking point! Cops stop Mark and Digger during their last big bootleg. Josh risks a $20K sale with an unreliable biker gang, and Mike lights the fuse on an Appalachian turf war.