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July 25, 2011

Modern Day Prohibition

A few years ago (in early 2011), the North Carolina Alcohol Control Board informed us that we were not allowed to manufacture moonshine still kits in the State of North Carolina.  The kits can be purchased by and shipped to residents of North Carolina, but they can't be made in North Carolina due to a technicality in the way our laws are written!
Apparently prohibition era laws established, literally, in the 1930's, prohibit the manufacture of stills and even distillation equipment in NC.  The NC ABC interprets this to include still kits.  Amazingly, no such permit exists that allows a manufacturer to legally produce and sell distillation equipment (for distilled spirit or fuel production) in NC.  Our only option was to pick up and move. Thus, we abruptly and unexpectedly moved all manufacturing to Tennessee!
Alcohol control laws in Tennessee aren't quite so oppressive and TN's Alcohol Control Executive Director personally gave us permission to manufacture kits in that state.  We set up our business in TN, bought materials in TN, paid a manufacturer in TN, paid for all of our shipping in TN, and paid taxes on all of Tennessee.  Ironically, the "revenuers" (in North Carolina at least) actually turned down our tax money in this instance.
We loved working in Tennessee but have since moved to a more permanent home and now reside in Lyons, Colorado. We love it here. It ain't the Blue Ridge Mountains, but it IS the Rockies, which isn't a bad trade.
  • We should start a National Petition of Referendum gaining an overwhelming number of citizens the demanding of the Right to distill, ferment and brew 500 gallons of distilled spirits, wine and beer annually per citizen of 21 years of age and over. We own this country and we should make the laws, not the criminals in Congress and State Houses.

    Posted by Alonzo Carter on March 21, 2013
  • moonshine is a way of life and shouold not be ilegal. i thank you for keeping the american tradition alive

    Posted by outlaw on February 21, 2013
  • Just wonted to know if u were tacking orders yet

    Posted by Joe on January 05, 2013
  • Hi Kyle, I am very interested in your product. Please let me know when your company is all set and ready to ship out. Looking forward to my next project!

    Posted by Stephanie on December 10, 2012
  • you should look into moving to cocke county TN, just on the other side of the NC border and has a long tradition of home distillery. Popcorn was from that neck of the woods, It is a poor area and could use the industry.

    Posted by glenn allen on November 19, 2012

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