I am trying to find the wording in the laws that allows sales of non-alcoholic items in a tasting room for Illinois. When we had our state inspector come out, he stated that we were unable to sell any kind of merchandise beyond our spirits we will be producing. Every distillery I've been to has sold promotional items (glasses, tshirts, hats, etc) so I assumed it was allowed. I can't seem to find any legislation stating one way or the other...
What kind of differences would there be in the end product of a brandy when comparing fermenting the fruit and distilling that, as opposed to making a brandy from wine and then infusing it with the fruit? I assume the fermented fruit brandy would have a stronger flavor, but what differences would I be looking at? Anyone ever tried a taste test or have experience in this?