Arizona Moonshine Laws

Like every other state it is illegal to make moonshine in Arizona without proper permit, license or certificate. Tequila, or Bacanora, which is considered to be a very sophisticated alcoholic beverage or an illicit drink, is one of the most popular local moonshine produce. To avoid legal actions in home brewing of alcoholic beverages, moonshiners use oak spirals to secure them for longer periods of time. However, the state authorities monitor that moonshine production does involve the use of embalming fluid in the brewed alcoholic beverages as it was practiced in the past which resulted in blindness, paralysis or death of the unlucky consumers.

  1. Is owning a still legal?

It is legal to own a still in Arizona however it is necessary to register it. You can legally manufacture your moonshine for personal and family use by obtaining a permit. According to Arizona Revenue Statute section 4-226, to distill to sell alcoholic beverages is strictly against the law. You can find fee information for alcohol distillation and sale for license applications and renewal fees for already acquired licenses, follow this link:

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

For carrying out an assignment in a school project which requires procedures that may go against the state law, the school authorities need to inform the state authorities. For distilling alcohol in a school science assignment, the school authorities need to apply for a temporary alcohol distillation permit. They also need to discuss the procedure for the assignment and get the apparatus they will use for the assignment approved by the state authorities.

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

According to the U.S code 5601 & 5602 chapter 26, you cannot produce spirits or alcoholic beverages by ethanol distillation without a permit or paying taxes. In addition to an application and payment of taxes you will need to fill a bond, provide adequate equipment to measure spirits, present suitable tanks and pipelines, provide a separate building which is not a dwelling and maintain detailed records, and fill reports to obtain a permit for distilling ethanol from the state liquor authorities. You can find more information on the rules and regulations on spirituous liquors, their production and sale through this link:

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

Arizona Moonshine Still ConstructionIt is legal to distill essential oils and use them for producing soaps, detergents and toilet products without a license. However, if you distill essential oils through the process of water or steam distillation and you obtain alcohol as a by-product, you are bound to inform the state authorities. If you do not do so and the state authorities find this out, you are bound to be punished or fined or both for misdemeanor according to the Arizona Revenue Statute 4-244. Moreover, your apparatus may also be confiscated by the state officials.

For more information visit the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control.

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:”

Links: – Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Distilled Spirits – Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control