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2 men charged with making banana moonshine in Washington County

| Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 12:45 p.m.

MIDWAY — 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 Washington County.

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 related items.

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

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