How to Start a Distillery Business

One of the leading businesses today which is really important in the beverage industry is no other than distillery. This is the number one and undisputed process in making your favorite form of alcohol may it be whiskey, beer, rum or anything. If you think that you have a blood of a chemist, then you too can have your dream distillery business. You can definitely make lots of money here because alcohol in any form is always in a high demand in any season of the year.

The distillation process is just so easy and simple today as compared to the process used before.

Even though you are home, you can have a distillery business which can give you a great income. Two of the equipments you will need are thermometer and copper pot still kit. To make sure that your business will work best, you must come up with a plan detailing all the aspects of the business. You must also decide on where to conduct your distilling. If you have enough money as capital, then you can prefer to rent or build your own distilling laboratory but if you lack capital, you can still run your business in the comfort of your home.

To get additional loans, you can go to several banks and local institutions in your area. To make sure that you will use the money in your business, of course they will ask you to present your business plan. After getting the amount of money you need in starting up your business, you must proceed in inquiring to your locality regarding the permits and license you need. In addition, you also need to have your distilled output to be tested by the Food and Drug Administration to make sure that it is safe for consumption. By being proven to be safe, you can be trusted by potential customers.

If you choose to operate at home, you will also be required by the authorized department to have your house inspected. This is done to make sure that the place is safe for distillery. By passing the inspection, you can start the business by buying or converting a copper boiling pot that is sealed. If whiskey is the one to be distilled, the boiling pot must be a grain mash. Its size will also determine the amount you will distil.

You must also make considerations on how you are going to heat the pot. Putting the certain boiling point on metal stilts or stone blocks with a fire underneath is still considered the simplest and easiest version of a copper pot which is still a usual practice for the moonshiners. The other distilling equipments also do not cost that much.

Wherever you choose to operate your business, make sure that you have a unique name for your distillery. After that, you must find a distributor company.

65 Comments

  • John said on December 21, 2010
    This is horrible. Federal las does not allow for anyone to have a distillery in their home, or any home for that matter!
  • vasudev reddy said on June 23, 2011
    hello sir, i am vasudeva reddy, a food technologist. i wanted to start a distillery unit in india. could please guide me
  • sujithbabu said on August 5, 2011
    sir, i wish to enter beverage business in tamilnadu(tenkasi). could you tell approximate investment needed with land and details. thank you
  • ervin said on August 23, 2011
    hello i'm from mobile alabama i wont to start my own distillery please tell me where to start
  • Arpit said on October 31, 2011
    Sir i want to start a distillery and a brewery plant in india. can u please send me the details about the investment and the land needed for it..thank you
  • Kyle said on November 18, 2011
    Johns you are right. This is all wrong. It cost a min. bond to the government of the USA of $5000. And It can not be on residential property or at any other place of business, That's about 1% of the laws there are. There's tons of them and it is not cheap.
  • nath beginner adviser said on April 7, 2012
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  • Sawceed said on April 27, 2012
    Does anyone here know what it takes to start a legit distillery in the US specifically in NJ? I would like to start my own brand of liquor. Thanx
  • james said on April 30, 2012
    I wish someone would email me the right imformation. I'm in Alabama. I need to know the right information. I want a legel whiskey still.
  • Rockwell Rutter said on May 29, 2012
    For anyone looking to start their own distillery, I'd encourage them to visit distilleryuniversity.com. They offer hands-on workshops in Washington State, USA, and are preparing to offer a full curriculum in online classes, as well.
  • harpreet said on September 10, 2012
    would like to start the distillery business kindly enlighten me on the complete project cost in uttar pradesh india
  • D.Rajamonsingh said on October 7, 2012
    near to Madurai in Tamilnadu Proposed to start distilleries company
  • santosh kavthale said on November 21, 2012
    For distillery business it needs huge investment. Let me know how it can be started in small budget. Details of instrumentation, where to procure
  • shyam said on December 15, 2012
    I need to start a distilleries unit in India and what are the procedures to start. please guide me.......
  • Mark said on December 16, 2012
    Well, technically he is correct. You may have and make your own alcohol distiller for your own purpose up to a certain amount in your home. State Law in almost every state can not tell you not to make your own beer, whiskey, or egg sandwich. Federal Laws are merely a taxation device.
  • karni said on February 27, 2013
    hi i belong to punjab i want to start business of distillery or any other plant like solar system paper mill and all so pls advice me about my money power is near 7 to 30 crore
  • Ashish said on March 9, 2013
    Hi, shyam if you start distillery business in uttar pradesh I will give full guide to you I have good location in up, if you r interested reply by mail gauri.shukla1993@gmail.com
  • abhibhusan said on March 14, 2013
    Indian state W.Bengal Exp in fabrication & piping help me to start grill fabrication shop
  • Anshuman Tripathi said on March 21, 2013
    hello Sir I am Anahuman Tripathi I am B pharma graduate and also done MBA and currently working in pfizer in pharma company i have a space of about 5000 sq ft. and want to open a distillery in Lucknow it is in uttar Pradesh India can u plz help me please my contact no is 8439001030 , 9580618063.
  • u p singh said on April 12, 2013
    hello sir , i am udai pratap singh. i have done m.sc biotechnology and also worked in distillery field. so now i want to establish my own distillery plant to start liquor business in uttar pradesh. kindly enlighten me on the complete project in uttar pradesh india.....
  • Cotton said on April 29, 2013
    Huntsville Alabama. My wife and I have a winery in North Alabama and I can honestly tell y'all that it is an absolute nightmare getting into the Alcohol production business. Alabama ( we make Utah look fun ) is especially difficult , probably the most difficult state to start and operate in. But don't kid yourself, even the most liberal state is difficult and the federal government is no cake walk either. And yer gonna be dealing with these people on an almost daily basis once yer up and running.....The above article is ridiculously inaccurate and misleading, it should be filed under fiction and not advise.
  • anandh said on July 5, 2013
    i want to start up small scale distillery pls tell us how much land is required and cost to built it.
  • rahul said on August 22, 2013
    hi currently living in UK but interested in open a distillery in maharastra india. but dont know how to start and total cost to get start with it. i got financiers as well but i need to explain my plan. can u please guide me where to start. total guideline to start from scratch. thanx
  • bk patel said on August 24, 2013
    dear @rahul, i am from mumbai. i have J.V.for distillery project. please send me detail of contact no.
  • kirtikumar patil said on October 16, 2013
    respected sir. i have established my own distillery plant. how to start .how to get permission. how available finance. from which minister we have to take permission. to built a plant how area is available. so please reply as soon as possible. yours faithfully kirtikumar. p.patil
  • nanu saggu said on December 3, 2013
    well like so many other gentlemen i want to own a distillery but first i want to educate my self on the subject in all aspects like cost involve license man power bottling and marketing so on and so forth. any takers?
  • bhula said on December 24, 2013
    I want to start distillery business in Tennessee, please advise me how to start from beginning.
  • Dheeraj said on January 10, 2014
    Hey guys m frm haryana, if anybody interested in opening a distillery or bottling plant can contact me, m avin a full approach in Excise. So permit z not an issue for me ... Plzz come with a Blending formula. M ready to invest.
  • Nick said on January 21, 2014
    If anyone has started a distillery in Louisiana please contact me!!!
  • Dan said on January 26, 2014
    Hi I'm interested in starting a distillery, have the general idea for startup, building rental etc but looking for investment or investors to invest in the business!! Any help
  • Vicky said on January 30, 2014
    Hello, is there any distiller in India that I can contact please? I'm a student and I have few questions...
  • shashank said on February 1, 2014
    how we can get license of a distillery in india?
  • Rahul Singh said on February 25, 2014
    sir, i wish to start up small scale distillery beverage business in Farrukhabad (UP). could you tell me approximate investment needed with land and details and how we can get license of a distillery in UP. manufactured bear or wisky who purchase. plz send me detail as soon as possible. thank you rahulsingh.gangwar21@gmail.com
  • SANJAY RAJPUT said on April 17, 2014
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  • atul jaiswal said on May 13, 2014
    Sir please tell me the process of opening a distillery, and cost in india...
  • sandip said on May 28, 2014
    How to start mini distilliery plant of spirit, & cost in india. Location is maharashtra in ahemadnagar district
  • stevie b said on July 2, 2014
    I live in WV AND I'M GONNA START MY OWN DISTILLERY HOPEFULLY PRETTY SOON I HAVE MY SPIRIT MASTERED AND CANT WAIT FOR THE PUBLIC TO ACCEPT ME AS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE INDUSTRY THE ONLY ROAD BLOCK IS THE RED TAPE YOU MUST GO THROUGH TO ACHIEVE MY GOAL WHERE DO I GO AND WHAT DO I DO TO GET STARTED LEGALLY
  • rakesh kumar mishra said on July 29, 2014
    Dear sir, Please tell me what is the process to start a liquor bottling plant. i want to start a liquor bottling plant in utter pradesh at gorakhpur area. please help me with the project cost for a spirit storage tank capacity 10000ltrs one overhead tank 2000lts capacity one sparkling filter one fitted conveyor with beld one gumming machine one semiautomatic capping machine, one light sensor, one final light sensor, filling machine, and one short chain conveyor. and one spirit lifting pump. please tell me the total cost near about including license fees. Thanks
  • chandra obula reddy said on August 26, 2014
    we are planing to construct Distillery unit capacity of 30 KL PER DAY. Pl send me all details along with plant lay out and feasible study
  • Satya narayan pratihari said on August 29, 2014
    Dear, sir I want to start a liquor bottling plant in orissa please help me with the project cost of a spirit storage tank capacity of 10000ltrs one overhead tank 2000ltrs one sparkling filter one Conveyor with belt one gumming machine one semiautomatic capping machine ,one light sensor, one final light sensor,one filling machine, one short chain Conveyor. And one spirited lifting pump . Please tell me the total cost and including license fee.
  • diane said on October 26, 2014
    hi I would like to start a small alcohol distilling plant in new York. can you please tell me where to begin with the process in getting all the license /permits etc.
  • pawan kumar yadav said on December 13, 2014
    hi Please let me know the exact cost and necessary permissions to start my own liquor business in ap. i am very much interested and can invest 5cr. k.pavankumaryadav@gmail.com
  • prakash panda said on December 23, 2014
    Hallo, my self prakash panda. I have a pharmacy degree. i want to start a small scale distillery industry. Tell me how to start it...how much fund required for it. The paper processing Etc.
  • Sandip Roy said on December 26, 2014
    Dear Sir / Madam,
    I want to set up an IMFL Distillery & Bottling Plant at Masat, District - Hooghly, State - West Bengal
    Please provide me detail proceedings at the initial stage at the earliest, Area of Land Required, Project Cost etc. Regards, Sandip Roy
  • constance said on December 29, 2014
    Hi, I am a lady living in Kenya (E.A.)I would like to start a small fresh water distilling business. Kindly, can anyone guide me on how to start and go about it. Thax. Constance
  • sunil chugani said on February 1, 2015
    Hi There, I am interested in opening a rum distillery in the caribbean with capacity to produce 180ml x 300,000 bottles per month. I am interested to know the cost of equipment required and the number of equipment. The Land and licenses have been finalised. Thanks & Regards, Sunil
  • joseph k.nkrumah said on May 22, 2015
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  • Eby said on June 11, 2015
    Hai sir, me and my friends are thinking to start a distliary in Toronto Canada. with our own trade liquor recipe .could you please help for this .we want to know the procedures and rules.
  • Mwewa Mwenya said on June 20, 2015
    We are a Limited company in Zambia and intends to set up a Distillery for vodka production using the alcohol distiller. Can someone help with how this can work out? I need a company which can supply everything it takes to put up a 500 liter cassava boiler seize fermentation and flavored end product to produce at least 5000 liters vodka @ 43% alcohol per month or 22 days to be specific. It should include semi-manual bottle filling/Labeling machine capacity 1000 by 200 mls bottles per hour, with reverse osmosis for water purification. Partnership is welcome
  • Jignesh Dodiya said on October 17, 2015
    Hello, please guide me in detail for start small scale level distillery plant in silvassa,UT od dadra Nagar Haveli, India. Thanks, m-09924121001
  • Gurvinder singh said on October 28, 2015
    Hello dear i gurvinder singh is interested in running a ethanol plant of my own of a capacity of 30 kl in uttar pradesh for tat plz anyone can guide me i will b thankful to him , my contact no is 7800900900
  • Gautam Gupta said on December 28, 2015
    Hi, i am looking to start with a distelary. Can some one help me out to know how to start it and how much investment will be required to do this.
  • Amit malik said on February 1, 2016
    i have a different idea to introduce a new taste to liquor juss i want to explore in alcohol industry. help med plz. would like to start the distillery business kindly enlighten me on the complete project cost in west up, uttar pradesh india - i want to know how alcohol is made. @9643272940, luckyamit2010@gmail.com
  • Damodhar Bhat said on March 12, 2016
    How to start distillery and how much investment
  • Ajay Poddar said on March 24, 2016
    Dear Sir I want to setup a distillery in West Bangal at burdwan dist.60kl per day capacity please guide me.
  • Mohit Baid said on April 14, 2016
    Dear sir we are finding a JV partner to set up 75 klpd distillery in West Bengal ,India, we have already got environmental clearance for it and have enough land accuried already. you can contact me at 9903900732
  • Stavan said on April 21, 2016
    Contact me for consultancy anything in Liquor Business & Distillery Unit. Stavan : Founder M/S. Fantasy Spirit Pvt. Ltd., Goa Email : dharmispirit@gmail.com
  • G Singh said on May 17, 2016
    Anyone have any idea on how to start up a distillery in Punjab? Would it be worthwhile copied ring purchasing a small established businesses? where would be the best place to look for them. Thanks.
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  • Bala Chandra Mouli.G said on August 1, 2016
    Hi, I want to start an Alcohol Distillery in Andhra Pradesh , India. So can anyone please guide me on following:
    1)What are the permission required from government
    2)What Machinery required & cost of that
    3)How much land & manpower required
    4)Initial capital and finance support
    I need total End-End project details to start up.
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  • deepak mathur said on February 10, 2017
    Hi I am Deepak mathur. by qualification I am an electrical engineer and sales professional. I wish to start a small scale distillery plant in Jaipur ( rajasthan). Please let guide me on how to go for this project. What are the challenges involved and capital cost required.
  •  said on April 11, 2017
    I want to know about distillery production unit & project cost.

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