A still, which is used to make liquor and distilled spirits, was seized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission from a Cherokee County man’s front yard in November.

Chris Porter, public information officer with the TABC, said the man was unaware of the law against using a still and was given a warning. His equipment and products were seized by the commission.

The still was seized in the Lake Jacksonville area. The man was using a keg as the still to make moonshine, Porter said.

Stills are often used to make alcoholic beverages, such as whiskey, vodka or moonshine.

“We want to avoid the situations where people could harm themselves,” he said.

Porter noted that warnings are often given to those who are unaware of the law, but there could be jail time or fines for those with a much larger operation.

TABC does not make arrests; however, if needed, the commission does work with local law enforcement.

Products people make in the stills can be dangerous, and possessing a distillery is against the law, according to the TABC. Texans can use a home brew kit to make up to 200 gallons of beer or wine annually for their personal use only, but not liquor from a still, Porter said.

He said there’s generally one seized every year for the Tyler area.


I came to the Tyler Morning Telegraph in September 2019. I report on crime, courts, breaking news and various events in Tyler and East Texas.

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