moonshine

This fine morning, Reuters is reporting that over in Vietnam 80 percent of the vodka consumed is produced at home. Just four percent of the vodka found in the steamy Southeast Asian country is imported. The homemade liquor the Vietnamese are making is distilled from rice or corn, which may or may not make for some truly horrible vodka. It's not like the Vietnamese have much of a choice; a series of fake liquor rings have been busted by the government. In the face of a loss of trust that liquor bought at stores actually has alcohol in it, can these people be blamed for making their own? Here's an even better question: Why don't hard drinkers the world round take a cue from our Vietnamese brothers and sisters and make our own booze? Funny I should ask; Chuck and I covered this...

Moonshiners brew illegal alcohol, usually a liquor from corn. In the United States, this practice led to some surprising outcomes -- including the deveopment of NASCAR. Tune in to learn more about moonshine and racing in this HowStuffWorks podcast.