Moonshiners on the rise in Kern County

Moonshiners on the rise in Kern County
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Moonshine is making a comeback in Kern County.

"We're seeing more and more people interested in it," said Seamus Watson, owner of Whole Hog Brewing Supply in Bakersfield. He said Wednesday that at least three people a day come into his store with the intent of making moonshine.

Moonshine is widely known as a high-proof distilled spirit that is illegal to manufacture, sell or distribute.

Watson said he makes it clear to those who ask him about it that he does not participate in anything to do with making the liquor. He also tells them it is illegal for them to make it, even for personal consumption.

Watson said he believes it has seen a surge in popularity due to the Discovery Channel show "Moonshiners" that premiered more than a year ago.

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says that there are laws in place where people can make other fermentable alcohols at home, like beer and wine. But, when it comes to moonshine, perpetrators could face felony charges.