Meet Mark and Digger from the Hit TV Show Moonshiners

Mark and Digger Moonshiners (2)Mark and Digger are Tennessee Moonshine Legends for their sought after Moonshine and from the hit TV Show Moonshiners. Mark and Digger will be making an appearance, taking photos, signing autographs and visiting with guests at Universal Fine Wine & Spirits on Saturday July 16, 2016 between 1pm-3pm.


There will be limited quantities of Sugarlands Shine to purchase and have autographed personally by Mark and Digger, so arrive early if you want to guarantee a bottle and a place in line. The general public is invited, entry to the event is free and tastings are available. You must be 21 years old to purchase or participate in free tastings.


The event will be held at:

Universal Fine Wine & Spirits

1542 US Hwy 19

Holiday, FL 34690




Here’s where we try to tell you a little about these boys. Where do we start? They wanted to leave out the part where they were underwear models and male strippers (apparently that didn’t turn out too good). What they did agree on is telling about their mentor, Tennessee moonshining legend Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton.


Popcorn had a knack for recognizing a particular skillset in an individual. Early in his relationship with Mark, he saw the patience needed to bend and solder copper to build a still while at the same time not beating it flat with a hammer when things didn’t fit like they should. After a bit of coaching Popcorn had Mark loaded with the knowledge of how to build a still to different capacities by changing its measurements. Under the eye of the master, Mark learned how to build a still that is second to none. Mark could be referred to as the king of tinkering. He is constantly looking for the next big thing in the moonshine still world. The craftsmanship used in building his stills is the same as his predecessors have used for centuries in the East Tennessee Mountains.


Now when it came to Digger, Popcorn saw right off the bat he didn’t have the even temper to work with copper. As Popcorn put it “Digger’d just as soon run over it with his truck if he got pissed off”. What he found in Digger was the gift to build a top shelf mash that turned out that same quality likker. Popcorn took his prodigy through the processes of malting different grains, adding different amounts to the mash to render different tastes, and through time and experimenting, Digger mastered the art and could nail down a time that his mash would stop fermenting within a 24 hour period. Many times Popcorn would get a little mad because Digger wanted to up the grain and sugar amounts in a mash to up the amount of likker produce in a run. But the mad spells usually passed pretty quickly, and as Old Popcorn would say a lot of times “When I see you on Monday mornin’ I won’t have no hard feelin’s toward ya”. One of the particular things Popcorn appreciated was the seemingly endless supply of coon peckers Digger had. Popcorn and Digger both preferred one to keep likker from running back up the worm spout.



Universal Fine Wine & Spirits is a family owned and operated business. We are located just north of the Tampa Bay area in Holiday, Florida. We specialize in rare liquors & wines, and craft beers. We are open 365 days, Sun 11am-2am and Mon-Sat 8am – 2am.



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Debbie Dawson
Publisher/Editor/Realtor | My passion is connecting local businesses to the residents of our community. With many years of experience in sales and marketing I have built a foundation for promoting small to mid size businesses including my own career in real estate. I enjoy spending my free time with my family and exploring new finds in our community. My happy place is at the beach, sand in my toes, watching the sunset while enjoying a perfect gulf breeze.

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