Moonshine is produced mainly in the rural areas of Sweden. According to XXX Sweden laws, commercial production of moonshine without obtaining the proper license is an offense that may lead to jail term or imposition of fine. Moonshine laws in Sweden do not allow production of moonshine even for personal use. Owing a still or parts of a still is also illegal. In Sweden, moonshine is popularly known as Hembrant. The Swedish moonshine resembles Vodka and the mash is a mixture of sugar and yeast in water.
Illegal production of moonshine
According to the distillation laws in Sweden apart from producing moonshine without obtaining the license, possession as well as transfer of distilled alcohol is also illegal. Transfer as well as possession of stills or parts of stills that are used for unlicensed manufacture of alcohol is also illegal. Also, according to the distillation laws in Sweden, manufacture, possession and transfer of mash is also illegal if it is intended for unlicensed production of alcohol. In the year 2005, the import rules in Sweden were relaxed and as a result, the moonshine business started to decline. In the countryside, moonshine is produced for own consumption.
Just like other western countries alcoholic beverages are very common in Sweden. There are many active vineyards in Sweden and beer and wine is produced in many parts of the country. The government of Sweden has the monopoly to sell all the beverages that are stronger than 3.5% by volume. The taxes for beverages are based on their alcohol content. The vineyards that produce alcohol in Sweden are not allowed to sell their products to the consumers. Importers and companies that produce alcohol can sell the products to the bars and restaurants. The bars and restaurants can sell alcohol only for immediate consumption. The consumers are not allowed to take the bottles to their homes. The export shops at the airports in Sweden can sell alcohol to passengers who have checked in for a flight outside EU. The taxes on beverages in Sweden are heavier than other countries.
Brief history of moonshine
The Swedish moonshine is known by the name Hembrant. The original Hembrant resembled the vodka and it was a distillation product of sugar and yeast in water. There are strict regulations regarding the unlicensed manufacture of Hembrant and possession and transfer of Hembrant that was manufactured without license and also possession and transfer of stills and parts of stills which were meant for unlicensed manufacture of Hembrant. The Swedish moonshine Hembrant is popular only in the countryside. In the countryside of Sweden people used to produce moonshine mainly for own consumption and not for sale.