The NH State Liquor Commission's rules on keg registration became effective February 1, 2001.
Some common questions, which have come up in training classes:
Where do I obtain keg registration booklets?
Keg registration booklets are available to eligible licensees at the Division of Enforcement, 57 Regional Drive, Suite 8, Concord, NH and at select New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets.
Do I have to fill out the form completely (include ID document information) for a person who is clearly over 21?
Yes, the form must be completely filled out for everyone. You are reminded that RSA 179:8 requires only certain forms of ID may be accepted in sales of alcohol (and tobacco). These are driver's licenses, non-driver state identification, military identification and passports.
What do I do if a customer who is of age has no ID, or refuses to sign the form?
You must refuse to make the sale. A blank or unsigned keg label could subject you or the customer, or both, to criminal charges.
What if a customer purchases more than one keg?
You must fill out a separate form for each keg and attach it. All forms must be filled out completely.
What do I get out of this?
A correctly completed keg registration form is prima facie evidence of innocence and a defense to any prosecution for sale to a person under 21. RSA179: 7 In addition, you will help to reduce the number of unlawful purchases of keg beer for underage persons by adults.
What do I do if I make a mistake filling out the form?
Write void across the entire form. Do not have the customer sign the form, and keep the back part of the form (the keg label) in the book.
What if I run out of labels? Can I sell the beer without a label?
NO! As of February 1, 2001, ALL retail sales of kegs must be made with a Liquor Commission keg registration label attached. It is incumbent upon the retailer, wholesaler or manufacturer to have enough labels on hand to sell keg beer and comply with the law. You should consider how much keg beer you sell, the time of the year and all other factors that will go into planning your sales needs.
Who can look at my keg registration booklets?
You are required to maintain your records for at least one year from the transaction date. You are not required to produce your records to any private individual, unless ordered to do so by a Court or the Liquor Commission, and all law enforcement officers have a right to inspect and examine your records to ensure the State law is being followed.
If you have any questions about the keg registration law, the method or manner by which licensees are expected to operate you a strongly encouraged to contact the Division of Enforcement at (603) 271-3521 before you make a decision that could place you in violation of statute or rule.
NH Liquor Commission, Division of Enforcement
57 Regional Drive | Suite 8 | Concord, NH 03301