It would appear as though the Discovery Channel has recreated, for the public, the deep underbelly of a society that simply does not want to the world to know they exist. A nocturnal prowler threatens Patti and David's clandestine operation and battle lines are drawn in Kentucky as Chico and Tyler clash over creative differences. While this practice is surprisingly alive and well, it's not always legal. Mark Rogers faces a close encounter with the law. Tim gets to spend time with and old friend. Mark heads into the mountains of Appalachia to track a black bear and also to dig ginseng, a rare medicinal root that he wants to infuse with moonshine. Moonshine is differentiated from other liquors by its distinct taste, high alcohol content.
The moonshiners set aside their craft and carry on the other parts of their lives. Jim Tom and Roy build the still that will carry them to greatness. Tickle and Chico's still site is compromised. Lance tries to brew a moonshine game changer as Sheriff's Deputy Chuck closes in. Josh and Bill hit the open road, to bootleg moonshine at a music festival. A new law enforcement officer, Deputy Sheriff Chuck, is introduced.
At Belmont Farms, an experimental moonshine is prepared while Mike seeks out a new still hand in Tennessee. The eighth season premiered on January 2, 2019. Tim sets out from Kentucky in search of greener pastures. Mike designs a unique still to make high-dollar shine. Tim and Tickle produce moonshine day and night, making more money than Tim has ever made before. Darlene goes against her best instinct and lights up her still indoors. In Tennessee, Mark and Digger cook up a plan to make a holiday run of liquor for two legendary shiners from a bygone era.
Mark and Digger try to troubleshoot a stalled fermentation while Patti and David deal with a deadly intruder at their still site. Deputy Sheriff Chuck tries to catch moonshiners. Chico and Sandra set out on horseback for some mountain shining. The series dramatizes their liquor production efforts, law-evading techniques and lives. In North Carolina, Jeff and Mark are surprised by an unexpected visitor.
Shine is in demand and the law is on the hunt. Tim's plan to give a backwoods makeover to Troy's distillery will cost him big. And Tickle's deal with a moonshine savior almost breaks down. They reminisce about their biggest hauls, closest brushes with the law, and favorite tactics of evasion. Tim considers a permanent role for Tickle at the distillery; Sondra convinces Chico that a unique recipe will seal their season; Lance surprises Jeff with an unorthodox moonshine ingredient. Jeff and Mark survey an indoor still site.
Josh and Bill might get to sell some of their own liquor after all. Short on payback cash, Mike and Daniel invent a new way to get out of debt. Meanwhile, Mark and Digger troubleshoot a stalled fermentation problem. Deputy Chuck takes to the water to catch Mark red-handed. But perhaps more importantly to the moonshiners, it's a tradition dating back hundreds of years, passed down to them from their forefathers.
Tickle learns how to make moonshine in a copper pot still from one of the best. Jim Tom surprises producers by making his debut at the roundtable. In North Carolina, Jeff and Mark are surprised by an unexpected visitor. The law cracks down on Josh and Bill. Equipment failure threatens the production of Tim Smith's legal moonshine, and Josh and Bill finally begin their first run of strawberry brandy. Between run-ins with the law and time serving hard labor, he spent 60 years making illegal shine.
To pay off his debt to Mark and Digger, Mike runs his still to the breaking point. Jeff, Mark and Lance look to take out the competition with one shot. Jeff, Mark and Lance aim to double their profits while the law threatens to end Josh and Bill's season early. Jeff, Mark and Lance look to take out the competition. Viewers will witness practices rarely, if ever, seen on television including the sacred rite of passage for a moonshiner - firing up the still for the first time. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail and later committed suicide.
Mark and Digger make a run into town, and Josh discovers what bears do in the woods. It's part of their history and culture. Patti and David aim to make up for lost time with a scorching new brew but alarm bells have them running for the hills. It's part of their history and culture. Mike tells his side of the Mark and Digger feud.