We hear about old demon rum, but what about the good distillers do?

Certain lawmakers bash drinking, telling stories of how it has destroyed families and ripped communities from their roots. Some of that is true. Liquor in North Carolina has a long and beleaguered history. We all know that, as certain lawmakers are quick to remind us, should we start to forget. What gets lost in talk of liquor is brotherhood and community, ideas that distillers create and nurture. The idea of a civil society.