One contest, one medal. Yalaha Bootlegging Co. recently entered a contest for the first time, and its moonshine received a silver medal in judging by the American Distilling Institute, based in California.
Owners Doug and Amanda McCormack operate Yalaha Bootlegging Co. at their Blue Bayou Farms, 8222 County Road 48, Yalaha.
In October, the McCormacks began selling genuine moonshine and brandy, made from certified organic blueberries grown on 13 acres. The 100-proof moonshine contains no gluten or grains, making for a smoother product, Doug says.
“It’s one thing to make this product, but to actually win an award, it was surprising,” he says. “I knew it was good, but I didn’t know it was good enough to win an award.”
Amanda also was ecstatic about the award. “She said, ‘All your dreams are coming true,’” Doug says.
In July, the company will debut Southern pecan aged moonshine, made by adding pecan-soaked wood chips to the barrels.
Yalaha Bootlegging Co. offers tours and tastings of its spirits, and the couple’s country store sells homemade fruit pies, meat pies, produce, cheeses, and more. The store is open from 10am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday. Call 352.324.4069 or visit yalahabootleggingco.com for more.