Saturday, March 8, 2014

A Helpful Tip from TTB

This helpful tip came yesterday from the U.S. Treasury Department's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). "Persons wishing to distill spirits legally are encouraged to visit the TTB distilled spirits homepage at for guidance and to apply for a permit."

That helpful tip came at the end of this news release.

"This week. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) investigators conducted a joint operation with special agents from the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco targeting illegal possession of stills and illegal production of distilled spirits.

"The joint operation resulted in 8 arrests and seizure of 46 stills by Florida authorities.

"The possession of unregistered stills and the production of distilled spirits without a Federal permit and without payment of tax are Federal felony offenses which may result in the seizure and forfeiture of land and other property associated with the illegal activity."


Anonymous said...

Just got the Reader. Enjoyed it. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

So, basically, the purpose of the TTB is to ensure stills are registered and federal taxes are paid, correct?

Chuck Cowdery said...

People must be taking them up on their offer, because the TTB website appears to be down today.

Alex said...

Nothing to it. From their FAQ:

"There are numerous requirements that must be met that also make it impractical to produce spirits for personal or beverage use. Some of these requirements are paying special tax, filing an extensive application, filing a bond, providing adequate equipment to measure spirits, providing suitable tanks and pipelines, providing a separate building (other than a dwelling) and maintaining detailed records, and filing reports. All of these requirements are listed in 27 CFR Part 19."

Thomas Mckenzie said...

They must be aware that illegal distillation is on the rise again big time. I am from south Alabama. They are busting the up right and left. Got a big one a couple weeks back in coffee county. The housing market crash left the economy shot. Loggers and mill workers making lumber. Lots of people without jobs with family history of making whiskey fall back on what they know to do to support their families.