Moonshine is differentiated from other liquors by its distinct taste, high alcohol content. The documentary featured a bootlegger who was arrested in 2009 for illegally distilling alcohol. Shine is in demand and the law is on the hunt. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail and later committed suicide. Lance tries to brew a moonshine game changer as Sheriff's Deputy Chuck closes in. Tickle gets stranded miles from civilization.
Meanwhile, Deputy Sheriff Chuck gets a tip from a hunter that leads him to an abandoned site. Their conversation is a walk down Moonshiners memory lane as we revisit some of the series' greatest hits related to the automobile. Bill and Josh build an underground bunker to hide their shine. Josh and Bill are sidelined with a crushed still. Josh and Bill might finally be back in the game. Agent Jesse tries to arrest people.
Jim Tom surprises producers by making his debut at the roundtable. Between run-ins with the law and time serving hard labor, he spent 60 years making illegal shine. Tim returns to Virginia to fill a huge last-minute order. Meanwhile, Mark and Digger troubleshoot a stalled fermentation problem. The eighth season premiered on January 2, 2019. Mark and Jeff share a holiday dinner; Bill makes handmade gifts, and Tickle offers some holiday tips.
Josh and Bill hit the open road, to bootleg moonshine at a music festival. Josh and Bill make repairs to their underground still site. Mark and Jeff encounter a thief stealing their moonshine. Moonshiners tells the story of those who brew their shine - often in the woods near their homes using camouflaged equipment - and the local authorities who try to keep them honest. Tim puts dollars on the line to save his operation. A mentor to Josh, Mark and Digger, his secrets define the next generation of outlaw shiners.
Mark and Digger make a run into town, and Josh discovers what bears do in the woods. It's a multi-million dollar industry. And a ton of work lies ahead for Mark and Jeff after a brush with the law. And Tickle's deal with a moonshine savior almost breaks down. But perhaps more importantly to the moonshiners, it's a tradition dating back hundreds of years, passed down to them from their forefathers. Mike tells his side of the Mark and Digger feud. Viewers will witness practices rarely, if ever, seen on television including the sacred rite of passage for a moonshiner - firing up the still for the first time.
Mark and Digger clash with the law. In North Carolina, Jeff and Mark are surprised by an unexpected visitor. Tim has a tough time adjusting to moonshining in a legal Kentucky distillery, and Tickle takes a road trip. Tickle and crew battle the elements in Kentucky. Mark Rogers faces a close encounter with the law.
The law cracks down on Josh and Bill. Patti and David build a second still in hopes of doubling their production, and Lance tries to regain Jeff's trust running solo. The first season and introductory episodes used footage from a 2002 documentary that took a look at modern-day bootlegging. But perhaps more importantly to the moonshiners, it's a tradition dating back hundreds of years, passed down to them from their forefathers. But they soon hit a violent roadblock.
In the right hands, local ingredients and backwoods ingenuity create magic in a mason jar. Jeff, Mark, and Lance find their competition is still out there. Tensions run high in the Kentucky distillery with Tim and his partner Steve, and a new moonshiner appears in Mississippi. Josh and Bill decide to make one last run in the woods but soon discover that they're not alone. Mark and Digger try to troubleshoot a stalled fermentation while Patti and David deal with a deadly intruder at their still site.
Mike takes a trip to finish off his biggest sale of the season. Tim considers a permanent role for Tickle at the distillery; Sondra convinces Chico that a unique recipe will seal their season; Lance surprises Jeff with an unorthodox moonshine ingredient. Tim Smith traverses the Atlantic, to , on his quest to dominate the international shine market, but his pitch could be lost in translation. It would appear as though the Discovery Channel has recreated, for the public, the deep underbelly of a society that simply does not want to the world to know they exist. It's a multi-million dollar industry. Patti and David aim to make up for lost time with a scorching new brew but alarm bells have them running for the hills. It is often created deep in the woods of the deep south.
To pay off his debt to Mark and Digger, Mike runs his still to the breaking point. They reveal backwoods secrets that keep them ahead of the law, and put their skills to the test in a first-ever moonshiner showdown. Tim gives the North Carolina distillery a backwoods makeover. And whether it's gathering with friends and loved ones, giving yuletide alms, creating new flavors of shine or forging new traditions, these shiners are embracing the holiday spirit. Jeff, Mark and Lance look to take out the competition.