Doubling alcohol percentage - HB 1152

Doubling alcohol percentage - HB 1152

HB 1152 is relative to the definition of specialty beer, which nearly doubles the percentage of alcohol in specialty beers that are available in grocery and convenience stores.

BACKGROUND on House Bill 1152

Changes the definition of specialty beer  in RSA 175:1, LXIV-a that allows the alcohol content in specialty beer to increase from 12% to  21% percent.

Allows the Liquor Commission the ability to approve specialty beer even greater than 21% percent.

This increase in percentage would enable 40 proof alcohol productsto be available in convenience and grocery stores as opposed to liquor stores that traditionally carry high alcohol percent products. 

Current law already allows Liquor Commission to approve alcohol content beyond the 12%. The Liquor Commission has said they have never turned down a request in the past.

New Hampshire still has one of the highest rates of youth binge drinking in the nation*

*Washington, DC, New Hampshire and Michigan Top the Nation for Highest Rates of Youth Binge Drinking. CADCA 2014

 

17.3%
of NH students, grades 9-12, reported at least one episode of binge drinking (5 or more drinks) in the last 30 days in 2013** (New Hampshire Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2013)

 On may 5th The Full Senate Voted this bill 'Inexpedient to Legislate' (bill killed) on a Voice Vote. 

Bill Status
  • Committee
  • Public Hearing
  • Executive Session
  • Full Body Vote
  • Committee
  • Public Hearing
  • Executive Session
  • Full Body Vote