- New License
In order to apply for a distillery license, a distillery must be located in Montana. If business is located outside of Montana, it is considered a distilled spirits supplier.
A distillery license lets you:
- Import necessary products in bulk;
- Bottle, produce, blend, store, transport, or export liquor you produce; and
- Perform operations permitted by TTB.
If you are a microdistillery, meaning you produce less than 25,000 gallons of liquor each year, you may also sell limited quantities of your products at your facility.
Montana distilleries may not obtain a special permit.
By Production Level
Up to 25,000 Gallons per Year
If you produce up to 25,000 gallon per year, you may:
- Provide two ounces samples to each customer from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
- Sell up to 1.75 liters of your product to each customer at your distillery for the customer to take home from 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM.
- Sell and deliver distilled spirits to the Montana Department of Revenue Alcoholic Beverage Control Division.
- Deliver to an agency liquor store using your own equipment, trucks, and employees.
- Use a common carrier to deliver to the department.
Over 25,000 per Year
If you produce more than 25,000 gallons of distilled spirits each year, you may:
- Sell and deliver distilled spirits to the Montana Department of Revenue Alcoholic Beverage Control Division
- Use a common carrier to ship to the department
Domestic Distillery Warehouse Endorsement
A domestic distillery may operate a warehouse on a separate property from their manufacturing premises if the warehouse is used exclusively for storage.
To be approved for a separate warehouse, a distillery needs to submit:
- Domestic Distillery Warehose Application (Form DDWHAPP)
- Verification of Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approval for the warehouse
Distilleries may request more than one warehouse. However, each warehouse must have its own domestic distillery storage warehouse endorsement.
All warehouses must meet suitability requirements in ARM 41.12.149 before approval.
- New License Fee
- Application Processing Fee
- Renewal Fee
The application processing fee only applies for original applications and is not applied to renewals.
Label Review and Approval
All distilled spirit labels must be approved by the Montana Department of Revenue before selling and shipping into Montana.
You can register your labels for approval through our TransAction Portal (TAP).
All distillery locations must follow certain rules, including:
- Your business must be recognizable as a distillery.
- Your business must be physically separated from any business not directly related to making distilled spirits.
- You cannot operate under a concession agreement.
- You cannot let customers buy alcohol through automatic vending machines or self-service devices.
- You must keep unauthorized people from your manufacturing area.
- You must have an employee directly involved in any alcohol service at your distillery.
- You must have a designated sample room. Which may include a deck or patio if it is enclosed and only accessible from the sample room.
- You may only serve samples in the appropriate amounts and in the designated areas.
Application Options and Dates
Distilled Spirits Supplier
If you are a distilled spirit supplier located outside Montana, please contact our Liquor Distribution team for more information: DORLiquorDist@mt.gov