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How to Buy Food Grade Ethanol in Minnesota

How to Buy Food Grade Ethanol in Minnesota

Updated: September 2021 by Josh Hopkins
Buying food grade ethanol in Minnesota is allowed under Minnesota's laws with a permit or license.  Follow these steps to buy food grade alcohol in Minnesota, shipped direct via FedEx Ground to business or residential addresses throughout the state of Minnesota.

Steps to Buy Food Grade Ethanol in Minnesota

Step 1 – Read and understand Minnesota Ethyl Alcohol Rules and Regulations. Links to relevant statutes and contact information provided below.

Step 2 – Obtain your Permit to Purchase and/or Possess Ethyl Alcohol and/or Distilled Spirits.

Step 3 - Email your approved permit to ship@culinarysolvent.com 

Step 4 – Visit the secure online storefront and select the food grade ethanol products you wish to order.

Step 5 – Plan to receive your delivery.  Orders to Minnesota ship requiring an adult signature at the time of delivery. Read more about receiving your ethanol delivery.

Minnesota Rules and Regulations for Food Grade Ethanol

Food grade ethanol is regulated by the Minnesota Alcohol & Gambling Enforcement.

​​Minnesota Rules Language

  • Minnesota Chapter 340A. Liquor: 


  • Minnesota Regulations Specifically Referencing Food Grade Ethanol: 

          7515.1430 INDUSTRIAL PURCHASERS.


How does Culinary Solvent Ship to Minnesota? 

Orders are shipped using new, sustainably sourced materials.  Orders arrive in craft cardboard boxes for discrete and reliable transportation per DOT regulations for transporting ethanol.  Unless specified below, all orders ship via FedEx Ground. 
  • Pints, Quarts and Gallons:  FedEx Ground to Commercial or Residential Destination. Packaged using sustainable materials. Realtime tracking provided by FedEx.
  • Individual 5 Gallon Jugs: FedEx Ground to Commercial or Residential Destination. Packaged using sustainable materials. Realtime tracking provided by FedEx.
  • Bulk in 5 gallon jugs and 55 gallon drums: Freight to Commercial or Residential Destination with Curbside Drop Off. Palletized. Lowered to ground level at delivery. Realtime tracking provided.

When Will My Order to Minnesota Ship?

Orders placed by 9am EST Monday - Friday ship the same day.  Orders placed on Friday after 9am will ship the following Monday.  If Monday is a holiday, orders will process on the next available open business day.

Can I Pay Extra for Faster Shipping?

At this time, expedited shipping options are not available for food grade ethanol.  To ensure the safe transport of ethanol, the Department of Transportation mandates that only ground carriers may be used.  This restriction on shipping food grade alcohol via air service unfortunately limits the transport time to certain locations in the US.  

How Long Does It Take to Ship Ethanol to Minnesota?

Transit time via FedEx Ground from our distillery in Maine to Minnesota takes approximately 3 business days.  Depending on where you live, Saturday and Sunday's are sometimes counted as business days...  You will receive tracking updates directly from FedEx, including an update the day before expected delivery. 

Where Can I Learn More About Buying Food Grade Ethanol?

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