A man who was raised with bootleggers and moonshiners, got his license to legally sell traditionally-made moonshine liquor.
Dale Wayne Freeman, 58, of Paris, Texas is the founder of Hillbilly Moonshiners, a local moonshine company that prides itself on making the liquor "the original way."
Moonshiners is a slang term that dates back to the Prohibition Era. It characterizes those who originally made liquor illegally in efforts to escape the tax rates placed on alcohol.
Unlike home-brewed beer or amateur winemaking - moonshining, or distilling alcohol, is still illegal because it can be so dangerous.
Liquor is extremely flammable, and can be extremely poisonous and cause blindness if not cooked properly.
"I've been around it all my life. Where I come from, over in Oklahoma, pretty much everybody did something with moonshine" Dale said.
"Back in my day, we'd sit outside the post office and the old men would talk about what they've tried: what worked and what didn't work. Kids were meant to be seen and not heard so I just sat there and listened.
"I always wanted to make moonshine but I didn't want to get in trouble...Finally, decades later, I was able to get my license and make my business legal."
Hillbilly Moonshiners has now been in business for two years and is currently sold throughout Texas. Dale is actively looking to find a distributor in hopes of expanding nationwide.
"I cook it the traditional way. I don't use gas or steam, I still make it with wood just like the old timers did."
"The only difference between the moonshine I sell now and the shine' I had when I was a kid, is that I now can stand there and talk to the law and I won't go to jail. I pay my taxes."
Moonshine is a dying industry that lacks awareness throughout many regions of America.
"To save the industry, the product just needs to be out there on the shelves of liquor stores everywhere. It can't be like when I was a kid, when the moonshine depended on the small town bootleggers."
Hillbilly Moonshiners was created in efforts to save the traditions Dale remembers growing up in the South by making a historically illegal practice, legal and widespread.
Ultimately priding the company on the quality liquor in which the traditional practice produces.
"I was told "if you're going to make liquor, make good liquor. Don't make none of that stuff that gags you when you try to drink it, and that's what I do" he said.
"It suits me or it doesn't go of out my door."