Regulatory Catch 22


Brian Mast's picture

You can indeed brew your own booze and drink it unless you live in a dry county. In fact, I highly recommend it because the quality and taste is better than store bought stuff, and because you avoid paying that liquor tax to the state. I intend to resume brewing my own beer once I get away from driving truck OTR in about a year. You just cannot sell it without a license, and you cannot brew moonshine.
Alcohol Prohibition is still alive and well in certain counties in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Texas, and there are limits to how much brew you can make in a year, so be sure to research the laws in your own state, or be careful and sneaky.

Suverans2's picture

"...why is moonshine still illegal?"

Some might think that it is because those wish to control population are concerned for your health and safety? Think again!

"Because the liquor is worth more to the government than beer or wine. Uncle Sam takes an excise tax of $2.14 for each 750-milliliter bottle of 80-proof spirits, compared with 21 cents for a bottle of wine (of 14 percent alcohol or less) and 5 cents for a can of beer. No one knows exactly how much money changes hands in the moonshine trade, but it's certainly enough for the missing taxes to make a difference: In 2000, an ATF investigation busted one Virginia store that sold enough raw materials to moonshiners to make 1.4 million gallons of liquor, worth an estimated $19.6 million in lost government REVENUE." ~ Source: SLATE

It's mostly about REVENUE!