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.