A little over a year ago, I was presented with a funny quandary. A couple of designers and I were hanging out in a backyard wondering how to make a cocktail that would highlight the flavor of crickets. Moonshine was a must.
News broke this weekend that the Australian government was concerned about Indigenous communities using Vegemite to brew alcohol. The government even floated the idea of banning the spread in some places where alcohol was already banned. Can you really brew alcohol using Vegemite? In short: No.
A series of caverns in the Smokey Mountains provided a perfect lair for bootleggers looking to make some illicit liquor during Prohibition. The government eventually cracked down on these subterranean "moonshiners," but you can still visit their secret underground distilleries today.
Pop Sci took a look at its archives back when Prohibition was around and highlighted the kind of science people used to fight it. It includes creative bootlegging methods, smart smuggling strategies, and PopSci's own guide to homebrewing in 1921.
There are two things you need to know about this book: It's set in the 1920s, and the heroine is known around town as the "Singing Vampire Suffragette." Also, it's awesome.