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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

  • Can I make moonshine? I’m so confused. how do you make moonshine? is moonshine good? is it illegal? how much does it take to get you drunk? what equipment do you need? too many people asking stupid questions here. it’s not rocked science.

    Posted by Mike Hunt on February 17, 2020
  • Just trying to be legal to make moonshine for personnal use what permit do I need????

    Posted by BEau. BOnin on February 28, 2018
  • ive deame to be able to provide alcohol like food stamps but u give me the money ok no just being weird i was wondering is it legal to make moonshine in navada for personal use neveer mind i dont blondie

    Posted by blonie the luch on January 05, 2018
  • Can I run my car on moon shine?

    Posted by Ben Franklin on December 23, 2016
  • Czn I run my car on moon shine?

    Posted by Ben Franklin on December 23, 2016
  • is it legal to make moon shine in Wyoming

    Posted by Jesse on September 19, 2016
  • It is legal to make one gallon of moonshine in Wisconsin at a time and you can’t sell it

    Posted by ADam hEbb on March 14, 2016
  • Is moon shining legal in California?

    Thank you!

    Posted by MAteo on March 11, 2016
  • According to federal law, it is illegal TO DISTILL A-N-Y SPIRITS OF ANY KIND IN ALL 50 STATES. tHAT BEING SAID, THERE IS A LITTLE KNOW “EXPERIMENTAL” LICENSE YOU CAN GET TO BECOME LEGAL, AND THEN YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT WHILE STAYING COMPLIANT. I’M A LEGAL DISTILLERY, AND THE STATE LAWS ARE ONLY IF YOU WANT TO SELL YOUR PRODUCT. IN THAT CASE, I’D SUGGEST YOU GET THE FULL FLEDGED FEDERAL LICENSE, IT ISN’T THAT EXPENSIVE, AND THEN GO FOR YOUR STATE LICENSE. EACH YEAR THEY GET EASIER BUT THE MORE THE MERRIER! LOTS OF GREAT ORGANIZATION NATIONWIDE AND IN EACH STATE. JUST GOOGLE THEM.

    Posted by Glenn Johnson on January 27, 2016
  • 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


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