Moonshine: Karen Binder

Apr 23, 2014

Welcome to Southern Illinois Wonders!  Today we look at the history moonshining in southern Illinois with a visit to a local distillery.  

A moonshine operation along the Ohio River in 1918.
Credit Kentucky Historical Society

From prohibition to backyard-brewing our region is steeped in the tradition.  Karen Binder is a journalist, historian, and founder of Grand River Spirits in Carbondale. 

Credit Grand River Spirits

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Karen Binder, owner of Grand River Spirits in Carbondale
Credit Sean Hersch / sensiblereason.com

Karen Binder is a fifth-generation resident of Jackson County.  Besides exploring southern Illinois as a native, she’s also traveled the region’s roads as an agricultural and business journalist with the Southern Illinoisan, the executive director of the Illinois Grape & Wine Resources Council, and, currently, a local – and legal – craft spirits distiller.

Southern Illinois Wonders is produced in collaboration with the Illinois Humanities council – a non-profit organization that fosters cultural vitality in communities throughout the state. More information is on line at www.prairie .org.

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