Banana brandy moonshine operation leads to 2 Washington County arrests

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Two men have been accused of illegally making banana brandy moonshine in a shed next to one of the men's mobile homes near Midway.

The Observer-Reporter reported 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 said 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.

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