Michigan Moonshine Laws

Michigan is the ninth most populous and eleventh largest state of the United States of America located at the Great Lakes region of the Midwestern of the country. Its economy depends on the tourism and agriculture and so alcohol production in the state helps boost the hospitality industry for tourists and natives both. Tourists are also attracted to the products and services that the citizens of Michigan provide to them in the fields of automobiles, information technology, aerospace, military equipment, furniture, and mining of copper and iron ores.

1. Is owning a still legal?

Owning a still is legal in the state of Michigan. If the owner wants to use the still and brew wyne or bier through moonshine for personal and family use, then he is exempt from the law of the state. However, for producing distilled alcohol at a personal still, the owner needs to get a license from the state authorities. Under 27 US code section 203 and Rule 436.1033 of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, it is strictly prohibited for an owner of a still to produce alcoholic beverages by distillation or even sell them without a basic permit.

2. Is it possible to get a “student permit” to distill alcohol as part of a school science assignment?

Like in every other state of the United States which follows liquor laws, a student permit for alcohol distillation in a school science project does not exist. However, the teachers conducting the assignment have to report to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and apply for a permit. The state officials are vested with the power to accept or reject the application and then view all the equipments being used.

3. What kind of permit do I need to distill ethanol in Massachusetts?

If you distill ethanol for producing alcohol or fuel without a permit, you are liable for punishment or a fine or both by the state government as defined in 27 US Code Section 203. The state commission allows spirits to be sold on and off-premise with permit from 7 A.M. to 2 A.M every day and Noon to 2 A.M. Sundays. To apply for a license to commercially produce and sell distilled ethanol in the form of fuel or alcohol you can follow this link:

4. Is it legal to distill essential oils and water?

If you distill essentials oils and water for personal or family use and do not produce alcohol as a by-product, you are not liable to punishment by the state law. However, distillation of essential oils for producing saleable products without a permit is illegal. In case the still owner is unable to follow the law, he is liable for fine or punishment in the form of sentence for jail or both under the law MLCC 436.1909 Section 909(3).

For more information please visit the website of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

Finally, we are not lawyers, this info is for your entertainment only, so be sure to consult a crafty moonshine laws lawyer before spending any monies on your own distillation plant!

michigan“Remember, the distillation of ethyl-alcohols is illegal without a permit per federal moonshine laws and is inherently dangerous because of ethanol’s flammability (never operate a homemade still indoors). For more moonshine laws and other moonshine still permit information, visit: http://www.ttb.gov/spirits/faq.shtml.”


http://www.ttb.gov/spirits/index.shtml – Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Distilled Spirits


http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-35299_10570—,00.html – Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA)