Moonshine meetup in Fontana, Temecula


NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson will be making a pair of appearances in the Inland Empire this week.

So what does this have to do with Dine 909?

Johnson is also part owner of Piedmont Distillers, a North Carolina-based craft spirits distillery.

In other words, he’s a moonshiner.

He’s meeting with fans in celebration of both the introduction of his legal moonshine here in California and this weekend’s final Pepsi Max 400 at the Auto Club Speedway.

He’ll be autographing bottles of Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon and the limited-edition Midnight Moon Hall of Fame Collector’s Series at Stater Bros. markets in Fontana and Temecula.

From 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow (October 5), Johnson will be at the Stater Bros. in the Sierra Crossroads, 11225 Sierra Ave. in Fontana. From 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday (October 6), he’ll be at the Stater Bros. at 31813 Temecula Parkway in Temecula.

For those of you unfamiliar with moonshine, “Midnight Moon is made from American corn, 80 proof and triple-distilled to deliver an ultra-smooth, clean tasting spirit that is often preferred
over the world’s best vodkas,” according to a press release.

The Midnight Moon Hall of Fame Collector’s Series was created to commemorate Johnson’s induction into the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame earlier this year. Each of the six unique bottle designs features a collage of historic photos that document his racing career.

Drinking and driving don’t mix, but Johnson is proof you can have a successful career in both.