GRAY — Travis Shipley is formally a grasp moonshine distiller.
That’s what the judges of the Discovery Channel present “Moonshiners: Grasp Distiller” determined when the Grey native lately competed on the present and received. Shipley’s episode was filmed close to the top of August and into the start of September, and it aired Feb. 16.
“It was unbelievable,” mentioned Shipley. “It didn’t set in till the precise present aired on TV and I bought to look at it. It was similar to I used to be dreaming and I used to be gonna get up anytime.”
Shipley mentioned distilling is a household custom, and the recipe for George Washington rye moonshine he used on the present was his great-grandfather’s. Shipley himself started distilling after attending a meet and greet occasion with the solid members of “Moonshiners.”
“I sat and picked their brains for 2 days whereas the occasion went on, and the extra I talked to them, the extra I picked their brains, the extra I appreciated it,” mentioned Shipley.
After distilling for round three years, Shipley answered a casting name for “Moonshiners: Grasp Distillers” and acquired a callback. After a web-based interview, adopted by an in-person interview, Shipley was invited to seem within the second season of the present. He was considered one of 28 contestants chosen from virtually 40,000 candidates.
Shipley competed in opposition to two different distillers, one from New Jersey and one from Arkansas, each of whom had years extra expertise than he did. Although the competitors was powerful, Shipley mentioned he and his fellow contestants had been pleasant with each other.
“You wouldn’t assume it was a contest due to the best way we had been appearing with one another,” mentioned Shipley. “All of us helped one another.”
On account of Shipley’s victory on the present, 750 gallons of his recipe will likely be produced and offered at Sugarlands Distilling Firm in Gatlinburg.
Shipley may even be taking part in a number of meet and greet occasions, considered one of which will likely be held Oct. 8-9 at Hazzard Fest in Greeneville. Shipley additionally has a Fb web page the place he may be adopted at ShipleyShine.