Is Mountain dew a soft drink or moonshine?

That probably depends on your age, and where you grew up.

For most folks, of course, Mountain Dew is that bright yellow soda sold by Pepsi. But for decades, particularly in the Appalachian region of the south, mountain dew meant moonshine--- the real high-octane stuff produced in stills and sold privately in mason jars.

Now, a modern Tennessee moonshine distiller wants the entire spirits industry to be able to use the term mountain dew in relation to moonshine.

Ole Smoky Moonshine has been locked in a trademark battle with Pepsi since 2015.

Ole Smoky says it acquired the trademark for Mountain Dew Moonshine from the descendants of a Kentucky distiller who sold spirits under that name in the late 1800's. They filed to register "Ole Smoky Mountain Dew Moonshine" as a trademark for distilled spirits.

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