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Maybe this is what they throw on the couches to get them started burning... [Interesting 5 minute read]


Moonshine and the Mountaineers: West Virginia's tailgate tradition

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- It's an early autumn Saturday morning, and the aroma of moonshine is already drifting through the hillsides surrounding Mountaineer Field. It's a scent that's utterly West Virginian.


"That's got some deep roots," Sharon Harvey says of the high-proof whiskey as she walks into Milan Puskar Stadium. Harvey's grandfather immigrated to West Virginia from Poland, got a job with a coal mining company and for a while, had his own still.


Harvey grew up in Fayetteville, one of the small towns scattered across West Virginia, and became the first dental hygienist in Richwood, another tiny town 40 miles down the road.


"This man would come in and get his teeth cleaned," Harvey says. "Afterward, I would unlock the back door, and he would stick a gallon jug of moonshine there for the dentist as payment."


To those tailgating around the stadium, Harvey's backstory is hardly unique. Alongside West Virginia football, West Virginia moonshine is a powerful connecting force in the Mountaineer State.


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