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January 31, 2013

Is it legal to make moonshine in Colorado?

Colorado Distilling Laws

Colorado Distilling LawsHere is summary of Colorado's laws regarding home distillation of moonshine whiskey, fuel alcohol, essential oils, and water.

Owning a still

The State of Colorado does not prohibit ownership of a still.

Distilling Water and Essential Oils

Yes, it is legal to distill water. It is also legal to distill essential oils without the use of alcohol as a solvent.

Distilling Alcohol for Fuel

It is not legal to distill alcohol for fuel and no fuel alcohol permit exists.

Distilling for Personal Consumption

It is not legal to distill alcohol for personal consumption, though fines are minimal (see below).

Fines and Penalties for Distilling Alcohol in the State of Colorado

The good news is that distilling alcohol for personal consumption in the State of Colorado is neither a felony or a misdemeanor. The act actually falls in a category called "Petty Offenses." Specifically, moonshining in Colorado is a Class 2 Petty Offense and it shares this category with violations such as littering, leaving a campfire unattended, water skiing without a life jacket, and riding a bus without paying a fee. If one is caught making moonshine in Colorado, they are subject to a $250 fine. Freedom ain't free folks...freedom ain't free.

Governing Legal Documents

Colorado Revised Statutes - Title 12 - Article 46

Colorado Revised Statutes - Title 12 - Article 47 

Crime Classifications Guide

American Home Distillers Association

HOME DISTILLING LAWS: IS IT LEGAL TO MAKE MOONSHINE IN COLORADO?

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • In response to what Tobbee said about statute 12-47-106 (2) it is legal for the head of the family to brew beer or make wine, not distill spirits.

    (2) (a) Any provision of this article or article 46 of this title to the contrary notwithstanding, when permitted by federal law and rules and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, a head of a family may produce for family use and not for sale such amount of fermented malt beverage or malt or vinous liquor as is exempt from the federal excise tax on such alcohol beverage when produced by a head of a family for family use and not for sale.

    Posted by Zundfolge on March 04, 2014
  • Based on Colorado Statute 12-47-106 (2) it is legal for a head of the family to produce for family use.

    Posted by Tobbe on January 03, 2014
  • Thank you very much! My husband and I were a little confused by what we were finding on other sites…

    Posted by Donna on February 10, 2013
  • I really enjoy Good moonshine and have been considering making my own.Your site has been a great source of information to assist me with my dicision. Maybe I’ll be back to purchase.Still thinking about it.
    Thank you

    Posted by Dano on February 06, 2013
  • The big concern is tax collection not safety my question is how is it tax free liquor if you have to pay taxes on the materials used to make the still, the ingredients in the mash, the fuel used to heat up the mash, the fuel in your vehicle to pick up all the materials, property taxes, income taxes. So hoe in the hell is home distilled liquor tax free?

    Posted by Mike on February 01, 2013


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