A bottle of 190-proof Everclear.
|Type||A distilled alcoholic beverage consisting only of corn-derived alcohol and water|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Alcohol by volume||95% or 75.5%|
|Proof||190 or 151|
|Flavor||Neutral, contains no flavoring|
|Related products||190-proof Everclear is legally a neutral grain spirit in the United States|
Everclear is the brand name of a colorless, unflavored, distilled beverage bottled at two different high strengths: 151-proof and 190-proof, meaning respectively 75.5% and 95% alcohol by volume. It is distilled by Luxco (formerly the David Sherman Company).
Everclear is distilled from corn (maize) and is nearly identical in taste to fine-grade unflavored vodka, although it contains more alcohol. Both Everclear and fine-grade vodka are very low in congeners, which are agents that develop during fermentation or are added later and that lend flavor and color to whiskeys and other liquors.
Because of a legal regulatory definition in the United States, only the 190-proof version of Everclear can be designated as a neutral grain spirit. Other distilled beverages sold in the United States (such as vodka, whiskey, and brandy) are typically bottled at 80- to 120-proof, containing 40% to 60% ABV. However, some rums are sold in the United States at 151-proof (Bacardi 151 for instance).
Since 95.6% alcohol and 4.4% water form an azeotrope (meaning that simple distillation cannot remove any of the remaining water), 190-proof spirits are the strongest that are available from the distilled beverage industry.
Due to its high alcohol content, Everclear is illegal, unavailable, or difficult to find in many areas.
In Canada, Everclear is sold in the province of Alberta but not in most other provinces. In British Columbia, it is available for purchase only with a permit for medical, research, or industrial use. In Quebec, a 94% ABV neutral spirit is sold at the SAQ under the SAQ's own label.
United States 
Some municipalities, such as Chicago, have banned Everclear even though the states in which they are located allow it to be sold.
Consumers may legally purchase Everclear in Pennsylvania but must first obtain a permit for it and agree that it shall not be consumed as beverage alcohol and shall not be furnished for any reason to another person.
In the United States, it is illegal to sell 190-proof Everclear in California, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Even though it is illegal in Chicago, it can still be purchased in other municipalities throughout Illinois.
Although it is not illegal to own or drink Everclear in Michigan, the sale of alcoholic beverages above 153 proof is prohibited by state law.
Everclear, as well as other brands of neutral grain spirit, is typically added to a variety of other drinks, such as soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit juice, and iced tea. It is sometimes added to cocktails in place of vodka or rum and is used in Jell-O shots. It is also used to make homemade liqueurs, such as limoncello, and in cooking because its high concentration of alcohol acts as a solvent to extract flavors.
Everclear 190 is considered an excellent, odor-free grade of ethanol for use in fine perfumery or tincturing. It is manufactured to be of beverage grade and is not denatured, i.e., it contains no chemical additives which render it undrinkable.
In popular culture 
- Everclear is featured in Minnesota humorist Garrison Keillor’s novel Lake Wobegon Days. In one scene, a housewife throws her husband’s cup of coffee onto a kitchen fire to douse it, whereupon the coffee bursts into flame. She later finds a bottle of Everclear labeled “DON’T THROW OUT” under the kitchen sink, and correctly surmises that her husband had put a shot of it in his coffee.
- Tucker Max discusses the consumption of Everclear multiple times in his book I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell.
- The Jerrod Niemann song "For Everclear" and the Roger Creager song "The Everclear Song" both refer to it.
- Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys tells in his song "Ever So Clear" how drinking Everclear resulted in his eye being shot out.
Video games 
- In Commander Keen episode 1, "Marooned on Mars," Commander Keen’s spaceship uses Everclear as fuel.
See also 
- Donn Lux (12 November 2010). "President's Message". Luxco. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
- Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. "Application for permit to purchase grain alcohol".
- 2009 Florida Statutes, Title XXXIV
- Wanek, Amy Lynn (2010-03-08). "After Drake Everclear Incident, New Rules for Highly Concentrated Alcohol in Iowa". Politics Daily. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
- 340A.506, Minnesota Statutes 2007
- "Drink Recipe Browser: Everclear drinks". Drinknation. 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
- Walton, Stuart; Norma Miller (2000). An Encyclopedia of Spirits & Liqueurs and How to Cook with Them. London: Hermes House. ISBN 1-84215-154-1.
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- ZenBackpackingStoves (200-2005). "Alcohol Stoves". ZenBackpackingStoves. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
- Thomas C. Wolfe (1982). "Pipe Restoration". Seattle Pipe Club. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
- Owner's Manual for Epilog Mini/Helix, Pg 177 url=http://www.epiloglaser.com/downloads/pdf/mini_helix_4.22.10.pdf
- Keillor, Garrison (1985). Lake Wobegon Days. Viking Books. ISBN 978-5-551-14676-6.
- THE DISCOVERING ALCOHOLIC (30 April 2009). "Art Alexakis of Everclear at The Discovering Alcoholic". Retrieved 10 September 2012.
- Niemann, Jarrod (13 July 2010). "For Everclear". Warner/Chappell Music. Retrieved 19 September 2010.
- Staff writers (3 February 2005). "Bushwick Bill Of The Geto Boys Reacts To Houston's Loss Of An Eye". SoundSlam. Retrieved 5 December 2010.