The hobby distiller is not a backwoods hillbilly distilling for profit. He often uses sophisticated equipment, distilling mainly for enjoyment, and often as the next step in the legal hobby of wine or beer making.
But in the United States, distilling alcohol without proper permits is illegal. And although there are permits for distilling alcohol for use as a fuel, there's no such license for distilling small amounts of beverage alcohol. That leaves the hobbyist with two options- distill as a hobby illegally, or don't distill. The HDA is pressing to change to this by forming the first single, unified, consistent, and strong voice for the hobbyist.
We absolutely do not support ‘moonshining’ activities where individuals sell their shine for profit.
Those who wish to sell should get licensed as a commercial distilled spirits plant. As noted in the name of the organization, we support the legalization of distilling as a hobby only.