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Free The ‘Shine! Why It’s Time To Legalize Home Distilling



The following video discusses the delicate subject of micro distilleries and home distilling. It is no secret that home beer brewing has been legal since the 1970’s. But oddly enough, home distilling is still illegal and punishable by hefty fines and prison sentences.

Authors and moonshine experts, Matthew Rowley and Max Watman, make appearances to discuss the legal ramifications and the advantages of home distilling. The reason home distilling is still illegal points simply to the Prohibition Era issues, mostly regarding taxability of spirits.

Just think of the greatness that has come out in the craft beer movement and all the unique flavors, processes and styles born out of home brewing experimentation. We’re seeing more micro distilleries open across the United States each year. Although the process is costly and complicated, the end result is some extremely nice spirits that impart flavors which are typically missed in commercially distilled liquors.

The home distilling movement is just getting underway and, with any luck, proponents will win the approval for regular folks to craft their own liquor. Just think of the possibilities that could be unlocked with some favorable legislation.


  1. 2Guysdrink | Tuesday, September 7, 2010

    Great video, thanks for getting this message out there!

  2. Brian | Tuesday, September 7, 2010

    LOVE this video, wish more people could see it!

  3. Robert | Thursday, June 7, 2012

    I came across this article while researching stuffs, that’s an awesome clip. True, this is exactly our sentiments about archaic liquor laws. So the government is supposed to be after safety like most people think or maybe they can’t afford to lose revenues if home distilling becomes legal. At the end of the day we all pray that things will turn around eventually.

  4. Frank M. | Friday, November 23, 2012

    I loved the video. It actually motivated me to take and try to get it legalized. Can people please sign my petition? https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/legalize-outright-distiling-american-people/zHzR3Vfl I need 150 to get started, 25,000 for the White House to address the petition directly.

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