Welcome to Virginia, where the whiskey’s strong and the government’s stronger

R Street's Jarrett Dieterle writes about Virginia distilling laws:

Craft distilling may be undergoing a renaissance, but in the shadow of George Washington’s Mount Vernon (home to one of the nation’s first distilleries), you can barely get a full flight of whiskey. Were Washington, our nation’s original craft distiller, operating his still today, he would face a dizzying array of state-imposed regulations and taxes.

In a state with such a deep history in spirit making—whiskey has been here since 1620—it’s time for Virginia to stop treating its distillers like second-class citizens....

Read more at http://www.rstreet.org/2016/08/11/welcome-to-virginia-where-the-whiskeys-strong-and-the-governments-stronger/