Missouri Moonshine Laws

The Missouri state laws for moonshine are a bit strict as in some cases they do not allow people to distill alcoholic beverages for personal use without a permit. However, Missouri is the third most lenient state for allowing alcohol production, sale and use. The state laws regulate the production of alcoholic production so as to encourage the manufacturers and sellers both. This is the reason why Missouri is America’s leading alcohol producing state.

  1. Is owning a still legal?

It is legal to own a still in Missouri as in many other states of America. Brewing liquor(not distilling) for personal or family consumption is also allowed without a permit as is stated in Missouri Statute 311.055, as long as the amount produced is less than 200 gallons per year. The state charges $5 for distilling 500 gallons of wine or beer at a micro-distillery. According to Missouri statues Statute 311.190 and 11CSR 70-2.110, if a person has a domestic license for producing moonshine, he or she can also sell their products to wholesalers.

However, according to Missouri Section 311.050, it is not permitted to own a still or distill beverages without permission even for personal use.

So, to confirm about the legality of owning a still in any circumstances, you should consult a local official first and avoid getting into any problem.

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

The Missouri state government does not allow an alcohol retail to be built near a school because it considers student safety its utmost priority. However, there are provisions in the federal law which affirms that if students are required to carry out an alcohol distillation experiment for their science project, the school authorities can apply for a special permission from the state government. Permit for such an assignment may be granted to be conducted inside the school or some other place which the state officials think is safe.

  1. What kind of permit do I need to distill ethanol in Missouri?

For distilling ethanol, you can obtain a Supplier’s License. A Supplier’s License will enable you to produce alcoholic beverages as well as fuel. You also need to acquire a Federal permit, to make sure that you distill ethanol through a safe procedure and with the appropriate apparatus. You can find the application form for a permit by following this link:


  1. Is it legal to distill essential oils and water in Missouri?

Missouri Homemade Moonshine Still ConstructionIt is legal to distill essential oils and water in Missouri at a personal still without a permit. The essential oils produced can then be used for personal use or even sold on premises but without a label. However, distilling essential oils and water for alcohol production is illegal without a permit.

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!

“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://atc.dps.mo.gov/licensing/ – Licensing information, Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control