Al Capone Went to Prison Today…

Al Capone Went to Prison Today…

Did you know that today is the day that Al Capone went to prison? On this day in 1931, Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion and fined $80,000. It was the beginning of the end for the most notorious criminals of the Prohibition era. “Scarface” was given control of the Chicago crime syndicate in 1925, when the crime boss Johnny Torrio retired. Capone’s wealth grew enormously during Prohibition. The smuggling of illegal hooch into Chicago was very lucrative and by 1930, he was at the top of the FBI’s wanted list. I always find it ironic that Al Capone was arrested and charged with tax evasion when the government was fully aware that they had lost the equivalent of 50% of their own tax income by imposing Prohibition on the country. The...

Is Distilling Illegal? Yes.

Is Distilling Illegal? Yes.

Is distilling legal if you’re just making it for personal consumption? NO. It is very much ILLEGAL. I get these questions a lot. Why would they sell stills smaller than a gallon if they weren’t legal? It’s okay if I’m just making it for myself, right? But I’m not selling it, so it’s okay right? NO, IT IS NOT. Here’s the legal info- “You may not produce spirits for beverage purposes without paying taxes and without prior approval of paperwork to operate a distilled spirits plant. [See 26 U.S.C. 5601 & 5602 for some of the criminal penalties. You should also review our Home Distilling page.] There are numerous requirements that must be met that also make it impractical to produce spirits for personal or beverage...