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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...

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Guam

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Northern Marianas Islands

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Virgin Islands

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

 

Canada

Ontario

 

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

  • 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


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