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Federal and state rules and regulations on distilling can be very difficult to navigate. Clawhammer has been selling stills since early 2012 and we've been carefully navigating the waters of distillation regulation from the very beginning.
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. Clawhammer can ship still kits 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.), but stills cannot be made here.
We're currently headquartered in Johnson City, Tn. We manufacture all of our equipment and manage all of our operations from there. We also used to sell distillation equipment in North Carolina. However, we opened a sister company in NC in 2015, making it impossible to sell equipment in the state, for the aforementioned reasons.
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 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 still kits and we ship daily.