W. Pa. men charged with making banana moonshine

MIDWAY, Pa. (AP) — Two men have been charged by police with making banana brandy moonshine in a shed next to one of the men’s mobile homes in western Pennsylvania.

The (Washington) Observer-Reporter (http://bit.ly/YKiqBV ) says McDonald police charged the men after getting complaints from neighbors that the men were burning items inside the shed owned by 29-year-old Matthew Kirks.

When police investigated Monday, they found an ethanol moonshine distillery made from two beer kegs and copper pipes, and say Kirks and 33-year-old Matthew Zirwas III, of Carnegie, acknowledged making the hooch.

Police say they confiscated a Blackberry phone displaying a web page about “How to make banana brandy moonshine,” seven Mason jars containing a blend of bananas and yeast, and other releated items.

Online court records don’t list attorneys for the men who don’t have listed or working phones.


Information from: Observer-Reporter, http://www.observer-reporter.com

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