After the 21st Amendment lifted Prohibition, many counties in the Bible Belt’s religious majority never socially accepted alcohol sales. Towns throughout the Bible Belt enacted blue laws to prevent the sale of alcohol in their communities. Despite some of the Bible Belt’s anti-alcohol culture, religious towns in the Bible Belt that have historically lacked industry and economic opportunity have been distilling famous Tennessee whiskey and Kentucky bourbon since the 18th century.
Religious leaders in these towns reconcile Bible Scripture with alcohol distilling because their laws don’t allow for the local sale of alcohol. For example, Moore County, a small county in Tennessee and home of Jack Daniel’s whiskey distillery, has made locally selling alcohol illegal since 1910. A county that produces the most iconic and popular whiskey brands in the world maintains its religious values by continuing to prohibit alcohol sales, all while putting its residents to work and collecting tax revenue from the lucrative alcohol industry.
Various pastors in the Bible Belt, such as Elijah Craig, a minister who operated a whiskey enterprise in Georgetown, Kentucky, preached