LAS VEGAS (July 3, 2020) – The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, announces its house-distilled Moonshine earned first place in the “Best Moonshine – White Lightning – New Make” category in the International Whisky Competition, held June 10 – 14, 2020, in Estes Park, Colorado. Since 2010, the annual competition has reached the whisky fan community comprising consumers, distillers and the professionals behind the scenes making the spirits. Head judge Sébastien Gavillet, wine and whisk(e)y consultant, author and winemaker with more than 20 years’ experience, oversees the International Whiskey Competition tasting panel.

“We’re proud the Museum’s Moonshine continues to be recognized for its award-winning characteristics,” said Clint Thoman, director of food and beverage, The Mob Museum. “Part of The Underground Speakeasy and Distillery Prohibition exhibition, our distillery provides not only a glimpse into that era’s intriguing history, but also a quality spirit our guests can enjoy.”

Made from a single ingredient – 100 percent yellow corn – the Museum’s Moonshine is crafted in The Underground distillery’s custom-made, copper-pot 60-gallon still. With no sugar added during distillation, it yields the highest-quality, smoothest spirit possible. Bottled at 50 percent ABV, the Moonshine carries distinctively appealing notes of buttery, sweet popcorn. The signature Moonshine is available at the speakeasy bar, both in cocktails and packaged to take home in 50-mL, 375-mL and 750-mL bottles.

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The Underground is an immersive Prohibition history experiential exhibition, featuring a distillery, speakeasy and private VIP room located in the basement of The Mob Museum and sponsored by Zappos. Its custom-made, copper-pot still, dubbed “Virginia Still” after mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel’s notorious girlfriend Virginia Hill, has a capacity of 60 gallons and can serve up to 250 750-mL jars of moonshine per week. The Underground also brews and serves craft beer onsite. Artifacts from the 1920s and 1930s on display tell the intriguing story of the Prohibition era, which not only saw a proliferation of bootlegged booze and the meteoric growth of organized crime outfits, but also had a profound, lasting impact on society and culture. Complimentary entrance to The Underground is granted at the secret side entrance to visitors who know the correct password, which is published daily on Instagram Stories @MobMuseum_Underground.


The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Numerous interactive exhibits include a Crime Lab, Firearm Training Simulator and Organized Crime Today exhibit, as well as The Underground, a basement-level Prohibition history exhibition featuring a speakeasy and distillery sponsored by Zappos. This year, the Museum released an engaging new mobile app providing the ultimate guide to the Museum for visitors, in-depth education for those seeking more about the history of the Mob and law enforcement, and an innovative, interactive lookalike feature called Doppelgangster which matches user’s facial features with those from more than 800 Mob-related images. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of National Geographic’s “Top 10 Things to Do in Las Vegas,” one of “5 Museums for True-Crime Enthusiasts to Visit” by, ” USA Today’s “Best Museum in Nevada” and one of its “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times and one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by FOX News and Budget Travel magazine. The Museum is a two-time winner of the Mayor’s Urban Design Award for Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for admission rates and operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit


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