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Moonshine makers set up in Georgia city hall

Distilleries grow amid demand for specialty liquors

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Moonshine distillers are making their first batches of legal liquor in this tiny Georgia town’s city hall, not far from the mountains and the maroon, orange, and gold canopy of trees that once hid bootleggers from the law.

A handful of moonshine distilleries are scattered around the South, but observers say this is the first they have ever seen them right in a city hall. The distilleries come amid an increased interest in the United States for locally made specialty spirits and beer brewed in homes and micro-breweries.

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