Liquor

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The New Hampshire Liquor Commission says it posted record sales of $642 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Officials say that marks an increase of $21 million in sales over the previous year.

Net profits transferred into the General Fund also set a new record at nearly $152 million.

Liquor Commission Chairman Joseph Mollica says innovative marketing and sales initiatives and a successful holiday season drove the record gains.

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Senate President Chuck Morse has called for a review of the state liquor commission’s $2.5 million settlement with a Nashua-based warehouse company.

The April settlement ended pending litigation brought against the state by Law Warehouses.

The company had accused the liquor commission of violating its bidding procedures by going with an out-of-state competitor for a $200 million warehousing contract.

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New Hampshire's top liquor enforcement officer is telling consumers not to bother looking for powdered alcohol at the state's liquor stores.

Lawmakers in New Hampshire and Maine are considering moratoriums or bans on the powdered alcohol being marketed under the brand name Palcohol.

Vermont and five other states have banned its sale, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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The state has agreed to pay $2.5 million to a company that sued over a liquor warehousing contract, saying the liquor commission violated bidding procedures by favoring an out-of-state competitor.

Law Warehouses of Nashua previously stored and shipped spirits for the commission. The company was the state's main distributor for decades.

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The New Hampshire Liquor Commission will use a $25,000 grant to crack down on drunk driving during the holiday season.

Division of Enforcement and Licensing Director James Wilson says they’ll partner with local police to track where those charged had their last drink.

“This data sharing is a crucial investigating tool for law enforcement to track and monitor establishments that could pose threats to public safety.”

Wilson says enforcement officers are also ramping up patrols and will go undercover to investigate businesses that may be over serving.

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  The New Hampshire Liquor Commission reports liquor sales reached a record six hundred twenty six million dollars in the past fiscal year.

Joseph Mollica, the Chairman of the liquor commission, credits the 4% increase in sales to customer service training and innovative marketing campaigns.

“What this current commission is doing is utilizing the ability of current marketing, social media and proper advertising and these renovations of these stores. And I think what we will see is the liquor commission become more and more profitable as time goes on.”

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The New Hampshire Liquor Commission has clarified a state law, saying that driver’s licenses from Washington, D.C. should be acceptable identification when purchasing alcohol.

The guidance is in response to an incident in Concord earlier this month where a legal-age customer with a Washington, D.C. license was denied alcohol.

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The 9th annual Wine Week wraps up in New Hampshire Thursday night with a big event in the Manchester Radisson from 6-9 where about 1800 wines will be featured along with several wine personalities. NHPR’s Ryan Lessard checked out two events Wednesday night where some Napa Valley winemakers and vineyard owners made an appearance and produced this audio postcard. 


There's Moonshine In These Here New Hampshire Woods

Jul 10, 2013
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The past few years, moonshine has been making its way back on the shelf, thanks in no small part to the discovery channel’s popular reality show, "Moonshiners."

While "White Lightning" may have its roots in Appalachia, there's at least one illegal operation brewing in the deep shade of New Hampshire's forest. As part of Foodstuffs, NHPR's new series celebrating food, Todd Bookman reports.