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Bill and Rachel Embry of the Mt. Moriah community will be featured on Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners: Master Distiller” next week. Photo by Christa Jennings
By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
One local couple will be featured on television next week as they compete in a reality television moonshine competition to test their distillery skills.
Bill and Rachel Embry of the Mt. Moriah community between Weogufka and Rockford will be on Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners: Master Distiller” airing next Wednesday, December 28, at 8 p.m.
The couple has to be tight lipped about the results of the episode for now, but said they can share more details after the show airs next week.
The series, now in its fourth season, features three competitors facing off in weekly episodes in a series of challenges focused on making a specific type of spirit. Those who wish to learn more about the Embrys’ experience and participation on the show will need to tune in next Wednesday night or see a future edition of “The Coosa County News” for results.
Touted as a “moonshiner’s dream competition show,” “Master Distiller” has the nation’s top “legal and outlaw distillers” going head to head in what Discovery Channel calls “the ultimate booze-making competition” to determine who wins the title of master distiller.
Three judges are featured on the show to run the weekly competitions, with each episode determining who has what it takes to be called master distiller.
Discovery Channel’s description for the December 28 episode, titled “Family Feud,” reads, “For the first time ever, families bring their inherited moonshine recipes to the ‘Master Distiller’ arena. But when couples, siblings and a father-son team fire up stills together under the pressure of a ticking clock, sparks can fly in more ways than one.”
Following judging by the panel of three experts, the winning liquor made by the master distiller goes on to receive a limited release through Sugarlands Distilling Co. in Tennessee.
With the show enjoying a wide audience, the Embrys already have numerous appearances scheduled for fans of the show and those who want to support the Coosa County couple.
There will be a “meet and greet” event at Bandits in Sylacauga on Wednesday evening, followed by another event at Bourbon on Broadway in Sylacauga at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 29.
Locally, the couple will have an event at Twenty-Two & Crew in Rockford at 6 p.m. on January 21. Additionally, they will have an appearance at Maddogs Grill in Clanton sometime in January, as well.
For more information on the Embrys’ episode and outcome, see an upcoming edition of “The Coosa County News.”