A history of moonshine and what we’ve learned

On Behalf of | Aug 11, 2017 | Blog |

Three and a half hours south of Joliet is the unincorporated community of Moonshine Illinois. Known for its name and sole building—a restaurant—this little district has become famous in its own right. There is some speculation as to how the name came to be. When many people hear the name they will think of alcohol.

What is moonshine?

Moonshine is distilled alcohol. This alcohol is known for being strong and having a high proof. Historically this alcohol was made and distributed illegally. The point behind the distillation process was to do it secretly and avoid being discovered by the government. The name refers to a job done late in the night. Movies and stories have romanticized the process throughout history.

Is it legal to make moonshine for personal consumption in Illinois?

Despite being the home of the famous moonshine community, it is not exactly legal to make moonshine in Illinois. It is illegal to own a still that is designed to make alcohol. If a still is found in your possession, and it is suspected that it is used for making alcohol, your still will be confiscated. If there is proof that you are manufacturing alcohol for consumption using a still, you can be fined. You can be fined and charged for manufacturing, selling or distributing distilled alcohol. In many cases you can face a misdemeanor for a first time offense, with subsequent violations resulting in felony charges.

Is there any way to legally distill in Illinois?

There is a way to legally distill alcohol for consumption. If you want to distill for consumption, you must apply for a distiller’s license. There are two possible licenses. You could apply for a class 1 distiller’s license, or a class 9 license. There are safety concerns when it comes to making alcohol. One reason for the license it to establish quality standards for the product.

What can be learned from the history of moonshine?

One major takeaway that everyone should keep in mind is safety. The laws for alcohol consumption have drastically changed over the years. The more we have learned about alcohol, the more restrictions and rules have been implemented. You must be 21 to legally consume alcohol. There are strict drinking and driving penalties that are enforced. If you do decide to take part in consuming alcohol, don’t forget what has been discovered throughout history. Make safety a priority.

What should you do if youve ran into alcohol related troubles?

If you have been accused of a DUI, you should seek professional guidance. A lawyer can help you better understand your options. Alcohol related charges are a series matter, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Penalties for driving under the influence can carry fines, convictions, and a loss of driving privilege. Your lawyer may be able to help.