A beverage vendor license authorizes your company to sell and ship approved beverages to licensed New Hampshire wholesale distributors. State of New Hampshire defines a beverage as follows:
- "Beverage" means any beer, wine, similar fermented malt or vinous liquors and fruit juices and any other liquid intended for human consumption as a beverage having an alcoholic content of not less than 1/2 of one percent by volume and not more than 6 percent alcohol by volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit and specialty beer as defined in RSA 175:1,LXIV-a. The commission may approve any cider greater than 6 percent.
- "Beer" means beer, specialty beer as defined in RSA 175:1,LXIV-a, lager beer, ale, porter, and similar fermented malt beverages; and
- "Specialty beer" means any beer as defined in RSA 175:1,VII intended for human consumption as a beverage, having an alcohol content greater than 12 percent by volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The commission may approve any specialty beer greater than 12 percent.
There are 2 steps to become a licensed beverage vendor in New Hampshire. Step 1 obtain a license, and step 2 obtain product approvals.
Please review the licensing requirement and product approval sections listed below:
- Submit a request for an application with a check for $100 (non-refundable processing fee) for each manufacturing location that is to be represented. Print the request for application . Please enter Beverage Vendor for type of application.
- Each owner, partner, officer, or LLC member will be required to file out an affidavit.
- Application Fees: 2 options for a beverage vendor license. The fees listed below are based upon a 12 month period.(The first year of licensing will be prorated based on the licensing period.)
- Unlimited Sales – $1920
- Limited Sales (sales less than 200 barrels per licensing period) – $720
- Please review RSA 178:15 Beverage Vendor License.
Once you have obtained a Beverage Vendor license application, your company will be required to file the following information in order to get your product(s) approved for sale within New Hampshire. (LIQ rule 506.09)
- A copy of your Federal label approval (TTB colas) for bottles, cans and kegs that your company wishes to sell in New Hampshire;
- A statement indicating what package configuration your product(s) will be shipped into New Hampshire to licensed beverage wholesaler(s). i.e. 12 ounce bottles packed 24 to the case or 15.5 gallon kegs:
- One set of labels for each product to be attached to the TTB label approval;
- Alcohol Content Analysis - For each brand to be sold in New Hampshire, you must submit an alcohol content analysis performed at 60 degrees Fahrenheit by volume.
- Wholesaler Territorial Agreements (RSA 180) - Copies of the complete New Hampshire wholesaler distributor agreement including a list of brand(s) and a description of territory as to where products will be distributed by town and county . These agreements must be signed and dated by both parties.
- Two live samples for each brand that is requested for approval in bottle or can. Samples are not required for beer under 6 percent alcohol by volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit unless the commission determines a physical sample is necessary for approval.
Each month, your company will be required to file form #258 Front , and Back along with form #334 . These forms are to be received in the commission office no later than the 10th of the following month.