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January 31, 2013

State Distilling Laws: Is it Legal to Make Moonshine in Your State?

State Distilling Laws

Is it legal to make moonshine in your state?

If you are considering making your own moonshine whiskey, it would be a very good idea to make sure your state allows it. The thing to keep in mind is that there are federal and state laws regarding home distilling. Click here for a good summary of federal distillation laws. For state laws, see the list below. It's currently not a very big list, but we'll add to it as we have time. 

Also, we know a lot about distilling, but we ain't lawyers. Please don't call or email us to ask about your state, because we will NOT able to help you! 



Is it legal to make moonshine in...









District of Columbia






















New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Northern Marianas Islands





Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota






Virgin Islands


West Virginia







Checkout the American Home Distillers Association webpage as they have a lot of legal information on their site

  • How many ears of prsion would you get for having moonshine in the stae of texas.

    Posted by jay on November 13, 2015
  • How many gallons of moonshine a year can you make legally in the state of Virginia for personal use?

    Posted by crystal on August 27, 2015
  • i have an old pressure cooker , probably made in the 40,s its a , steamliner model a-16, its heavy , in very good shape , made by , lakeside aluminum co. ,,does this mean its made of aluminum and i cant use it ? thank you Shannon

    Posted by Shannon Headricks on March 22, 2015
  • COME ON GUYS!! WTF? Red and Black states are all legal states. Difference is red ones are links. Maybe you shouldn’t distill your own…

    Posted by D on January 14, 2015
  • i live in Tennessee.i called the A.T.F. in knoxville.the agent told me when it comes to the feds keep it to a 5 gal. pot and under.but he didnt know about the stare laws

    Posted by lonnie harris on December 01, 2014
  • What is the black and red states mean. Wich is legal.?

    Posted by dylan on July 21, 2014
  • I’m interested in making enough moonshine for half a gallon of stocking on a shelf, and a half a gallon red colored for RED flavored (for curing tobacco) colored Gold flavored (for curing tobacco), and colored Green flavored (for curing tobacco). Only the pure clear kind would be a fit for consumption, but diluted to a 181 proof, since pure stilled spirits can caused blindness. 2 gallons of moonshine needed here for curing + flavoring tobacco’s, and shelving needed. Know where you can get some, do you?

    Posted by Timothy Wilkerson on April 14, 2014
  • The red states are just a hyperlink- you click on it and it gives you more information. The black states don’t have a hyperlink so their is no added information for those states.
    Under Federal Law distillation of Alcohol is illegal in all states.

    Posted by StillDaddy on February 25, 2014
  • On the list of states, is legal black or red

    Posted by Hazel on February 25, 2014
  • Under Federal Law distillation of Alcohol is illegal in all 50 states.

    Posted by Ryan C. Hagan on January 21, 2014
  • I just wanted to know if I can make moonshine in Indiana for my own use not to sell

    Posted by James Bowen on January 16, 2014
  • new to your site want to make moonshine for home use only

    Posted by Hector velaco on January 15, 2014
  • Is it legal to make moonshine in indiana

    Posted by cyndy on January 14, 2014
  • Can you make small amounts of moonshine for personal use in the state of Alabama?

    Posted by Fran on December 15, 2013
  • is it legal to make moonshine in louisana.

    Posted by LANEY REECE on December 15, 2013
  • are the states listed in black as my state is legal for home distillation ???

    Posted by STEVE BRANHAM on November 23, 2013
  • Are the legal states you have posted red or black. Sorry, you probably hate this question by now.

    Posted by Arthur Moore on November 01, 2013
  • want kind of malt do you use in moonshine &how much do you use in make 1 gal.

    Posted by harvey carnes on October 31, 2013
  • want kind of malt do you use in moonshine &how much do you use in make 1 gal.

    Posted by harvey carnes on October 31, 2013
  • when will it be legal in wv to make moonshine?

    Posted by pamela on October 20, 2013

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