The History of Mimms Moonshine Distillery, Georgia
Jack "Mimm" McClure (January 25, 1914 - June 26, 1969) was an American Appalachian moonshiner and local philanthropist from Young Harris, Georgia , GA. Local stories abound in the Georgia mountains of McClure's quality bootleg spirits, his charitable giving, and his self delivered justice to those who crossed him. He is also reputed to have been behind the rise of a few notable Georgia politicians of his time.
Bootlegging and moonshining career
McClure's career in bootlegging started during the Depression of the 1930's and lasted until his death in 1969.
"Jack McClure was the John Wayne of our section. A bear like man who weighed about 250 pounds, he wore a Stetson hat, and his shirt was always, even in winter, unbuttoned with a mat of reddish-gray hair exposed. He was loved, hated, respected, and feared, depending upon the experience one had had with him." - Gov. Zell Miller on Jack McClure.
Jack McClure succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 1969.
In the 1950s and 60s, McClure was given the nickname of "Grandaddy Mimm" after his grandchildren began calling him Mimmie which was shortened to Mimm by his grandchildren and local citizens of Towns County who respected him.
Grandaddy Mimm's Corn Whiskey and Apple and Peach Brandies
On Jan. 25, 2012 country musician, Tommy Townsend, a grandson of McClure, announced his plan to recreate and market his grandfathers original moonshine recipes legally for the first time. Dubbed "Grandaddy Mimm's Corn Whiskey", it is produced on stills designed by McClure, and built in Georgia using his secret family recipe. According to press reports, Grandaddy Mimm's line of spirits will be initially distributed in Georgia and throughout the American southeast.