“You may not produce spirits for beverage purposes without paying taxes and without prior approval of paperwork to operate a distilled spirits plant. [See 26 U.S.C. 5601 & 5602 for some of the criminal penalties.] There are numerous requirements that must be met that also make it impractical to produce spirits for personal or beverage use. Some of these requirements are paying special tax, filing an extensive application, filing a bond, providing adequate equipment to measure spirits, providing suitable tanks and pipelines, providing a separate building (other than a dwelling) and maintaining detailed records, and filing reports. All of these requirements are listed in 27 CFR Part 19.”
In summary, Uncle Sugar will fucking kick your door in and throw you in the Federal Ass-packing plant for a few years just to make sure he gets his cut.
I was just looking up some background on that law, and the government takes a dim view of private distillerys because of the amount of money they gather from the big liquor companies.
I didn’t realize that they collect $2.14/750 ml bottle in excise tax as opposed to only .21/bottle of wine and only a nickel for each can of beer. So I can see the incentive for moonshiners to make their own to sell, there’s money to be made there as long as you don’t have to cut the revenuers in on it.
I also see that Junior Johnson is marketing his own liquor now under the brand name Midnight Moon. He must have gotten special dispensation to start that production, or perhaps he got a pardon from a friendly president a few years back. Anybody out there tried it? It’s gotten good reviews, although I doubt it’s really anything like the actual moonshine his daddy used to make.
“This is supposed to be a happy occasion! Let’s not bicker and argue over who killed who!”