This blog provides information for educational purposes only. All copper "moonshine" distillers featured on the site are non-functional props. All recipes and "how to's" are theoretical. All scenarios are fictitious. No laws were broken during production of the material found on this site. Products sold are intended to be used in accordance with the proper licensing or permitting procedure of the respective jurisdiction of the user. Read our complete legal summary for more info.

July 25, 2011

Why Does Clawhammer No Longer Ship To North Carolina?

Federal and state rules and regulations on distilling can be very difficult to navigate. They're antiquated, confusing, and even contradictory. Clawhammer has been selling stills since early 2009 and we've been carefully navigating the waters of distillation regulation from the very beginning. 

Here's a bit of Clawhammer trivia (read carefully, it gets confusing): We originally wanted to headquarter the business in North Carolina. However, the North Carolina ABC informed us (as a response to our inquiry) that operating a business in NC that produces and sells distillation equipment (even if it's just a kit) isn't possible, according to the state's laws. However, individuals CAN buy distillation equipment in North Carolina. Confusing, huh.

So, to clarify, Clawhammer CAN ship still kit to NC from another state, and residents of North Carolina are allowed to purchase distillation equipment (assuming they're using them for legal purposes, they have the proper permits, etc.). However, our business cannot be located in NC due to century old prohibition era laws that prevent businesses from selling distillation equipment in this state.















Since we weren't able to operate in NC, we decided to open the business in Tennessee. They were actually very accommodating. We received permission to operate in TN directly from the state's ABC Executive Director and we worked with some great people in that state.

In late 2011, we moved the entire business to Colorado, which is our current home. We're currently headquartered in Fort Collins, CO. We manufacture all of our equipment and manage all of our operations from here.

We love the Blue Ridge mountains and we'd love to move back. We've actually approached the NC ABC several times, requesting that they approve our move back to that state. Unfortunately, they've continued to deny our request!

Recently, we've decided to take a different strategy. We're going to voluntarily suspend sales to NC. The NC ABC has not asked us to do this. We've made an internal decision to do so. Basically, we're trying to form a better relationship with the NC ABC convey the true nature of our business to the: our kits are for law-abiding, good-natured individuals who aren't out to defraud the state government out of alcohol tax money.

With that said, if you live in NC and want to buy products, you're out of luck for the time being. If you are looking for a copper "moonshine still" and you don't live in North Carolina, it's your lucky day. We're fully stocked with 1, 5, and 10 gallon copper "moonshine" still kits and we ship daily.

  • How much is ur 10gal still? With a condenser, a thumper, and a worm

    Posted by wilbur Hand on January 30, 2015
  • I’d appreciate the price and availability of a one gallon still.

    Posted by Ron on December 30, 2014
  • What is your least expensive still?

    Posted by Darren Talbert on June 19, 2014
  • Looking to price or purchase a 5 gallon still

    Posted by David Fleming on May 27, 2014
  • Can you ship to VA?

    Posted by bo clatterbuck on April 15, 2014
  • Can you make a still out of stainless steel? this would come in handy for distilling fresh water from sea water. I read recently that you can procure a license to produce alcohol for use in car engines with a permit from some Authorities.

    Posted by Ernst on April 10, 2014
  • Hi can I have the prices of your stills ?
    An do you ship to the uk ?

    Posted by liam on March 28, 2014
  • i would like to give it a try. iam retired not a whole lot to keep me busy i have a tatse for light white rum could i buy a still that would fit on top of stove. would iit be costley and how many imp gal. thanking you frank sr.i

    Posted by frank mac ewen sr. on December 26, 2013
  • Looking for a few answers. Home brewing, I am interested in the cost of a 5 gallon and 10 gallon with thumper either kit or built.
    How much product will either generally produce.

    Posted by Lon on December 26, 2013
  • What else is needed to start up and make your first run

    Posted by kristy on December 23, 2013
  • I would like to buy a ten gallon still is it a complete and how much

    Posted by Hilton scott jr on December 23, 2013
  • I am looking at getting a still for my husband for Christmas nothing huge just for him to make his own Moonshine for fun but wasnt sure what exactly is legal( we live in Iowa) or what I need or the cost lol if you can answer any of these it would be a huge help

    Posted by Tawnie on December 05, 2013
  • Im in the market for a 10 gallon kit with the worm and all the features.
    I’m interested on the older classic steels. dot you all make that kind and if so whit is the price range

    Posted by Bo Bocook on November 19, 2013
  • How much moonshine will a ten gallon still make. Thank you.

    Posted by Charles e boots on October 15, 2013
  • searching prices

    Posted by leslie valrie on September 17, 2013

    Posted by michael w moore on June 23, 2013

    Posted by GENE MARLEY on June 03, 2013
  • Can I get some prices?

    Posted by mitch on May 14, 2013
  • do yall sell the parts to make my own
    boiler (copper) ?
    I solder copper at work for 30 plus years , 5 to 10 gallon size would be good


    Posted by charles cavalier on March 01, 2013
  • How much for a complete ,10 gallon copper still

    Posted by Kelly on February 19, 2013

Leave a comment

Please note, the design of our website does not allow us to respond directly to blog comments. Please email us directly regarding questions about products. We don't answer questions about recipes, procedures, etc. However, feel free to leave a comment or respond to comments made by others!