Moonshine and Craft Spirits

Moonshine and Craft Spirits

Moonshine StillAs you may have noticed, there has been a notable increase in the number of people interested in Moonshine over the last year, but where has this recent resurgence of interest come from? In all honesty, we’re not entirely sure, but it sure has given us a great opportunity to enjoy a fantastic hobby and supply people with the home distilling equipment they need, while at the same time having a blast and running a family business. It’s amazing how much the home distillation industry has grown within the last year and we’re extremely pleased to have been a part of it.

Nevertheless, it looks like the home distilling industry will continue to grow exponentially! With the recent success of the show “Moonshiners” and with the new movie “Lawless” coming out in late August, the interest in Moonshine stills and Moonshining in general just keeps on growing!

However, we’re not surprised that the art of Moonshine is growing in popularity. Making Moonshine at home is a fun, relaxing hobby that requires relatively little cash and provides a great deal of satisfaction. And not to mention that the TTB along with local state governments are relaxing laws and revamping their policies to make it easier than ever to open legal distilleries. I can tell you based upon my experience in the distilling industry that Craft Distilleries are a becoming an extremely popular and very lucrative business when setup and run correctly. Plus they are producing some great products that the world has never seen before.

Don’t get me wrong, I like my Makers, Jim, Jack and Crown as much as the next man, but they don’t hold a candle to the bourbons and whiskeys that the craft distilleries such as Lime Stone Branch and Breckenridge Distillery are producing, just to name a few. Plus you may not think of vodka as being a true craft spirit, but I can tell you after sampling several vodkas from a number of different craft distilleries, some of the vodkas being produced are absolutely amazing! Then you have distilleries like Dark Corner and MB producing some wonderful White Whiskeys that open the door to a whole new array of options and flavors to choose from that have never been seen before!

Here’s a call out to all the troops! Start asking every restaurant and bar for Craft Spirits today! You may get the response “we just don’t have a good market for them”, but that’s normally because they haven’t tested it. If you’re tired of the same ol’ spirits and want some variety like we do, get out there and demand it! Have a great weekend folks!

Cheers!

Moonshiners getting the OK from ‘revenooers’

Moonshiners getting the OK from ‘revenooers’

There’s a microdistillery boom going on, with more and more homemade booze being produced across the United States. But these specialty liquor makers don’t have to run from revenooers a la Snuffy Smith. In fact these still owners are thriving with the tax collector’s blessing. According to a story in today’s New York Times, “some of the latest and quirkiest entrants to the industry are in places like Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Mr. Fox’s barn.”

Since Prohibition ended, states have regulated sale and distribution of alcohol, in conjunction with some federal requirements. A lot of places took stances that were barely looser than the bootleg era laws. Now, reports the Times, “small steps have been taken toward loosening state regulation — moves that probably have as much to do with bringing in revenue as anything going on with consumer tastes.”

“Distilled spirits are a bonanza from a tax standpoint,” Michigan State professor and microdistilling expert Kris A. Berglund told the paper. “I guess somebody sat down and looked at the math and said, Holy cow! We’re cutting ourselves out of the action, not to mention tourism dollars.” The Tax Foundation keeps track of key state taxes, including alcohol.