New Hampshire Moonshine Laws

Moonshine manufacturing companies are taking over the national craft of liquor making by a hurricane. This micro distillation boom has now made its way into the Granite state of New Hampshire, USA. Having only a couple of micro-distillation units, the industry is still doing a fairly decent job. To some it’s a new beginning in the story of moonshining. The industry is rapidly flourishing, and investors are making more than ever.

It’s a small scale venture, and it’s undoubtedly aiding the local retail market. It’s a solid verification that the “white-lightning” is well-liked by the whiskey nerds, experimenters akin. It’s popularity and local demand increases during long and freezing New Hampshire winters.

These manufactured moonshines are carefully checked and regulated by the New Hampshire state government to ensure safety of the manufacturers and drinkers alike.

The New Hampshire State Liquor Commission is the nerve centre that controls all alcoholic beverages, licenses and permits related affairs; it lays out a set of rules that need the residents of New Hampshire need to abide by.

  1. Is owning a still legal?

In New Hampshire, it is legal to own a still but it is prohibited to possess, produce or manufacture any alcoholic beverages without obtaining a license.

Chapter 179:62 of New Hampshire Statute stipulates that anyone found guilty of forging an identity, selling or manufacturing liquor will be tried for misdemeanor or a B class felony. Currently in New Hampshire, Flaghill Winery and Distillery is the only certified commercial enterprise which sells moonshine.

  1. Is it possible to get a “student permit” to distill alcohol as part of a school science assignment?

The school officials and teachers need to inform the state authorities about the assignment, its procedure and the day it shall be carried out. If the state authorities agree, the assignment can be carried out at the school premises; otherwise they will appoint a different location for the safety of the students.

  1. What kind of permit do I need to distill ethanol in New Hampshire?

Distilling ethanol for the production of alcoholic beverages for personal or family use without a license is illegal. The New Hampshire State Liquor Commission Part Liq 303, gives detail about how spirits are classified and distributed. The main factors that are taken into consideration are purpose, test market, test market procedure, test market performance and listing, additional sizes, etc. These fields and categories make it difficult for unauthorized personnel to use or abuse the liquor. The spirits are also a raw material for domestically produced moonshine, wyne and bier; hence forth it can be precarious for unlicensed manufacturers.

Producing fuel through ethanol distillation for personal use also requires a license.

  1. Is it legal to distill essential oils and water?

New Hampshire Moonshine Still ConstructionIt is legal to use your still for essential oil and water distillation unless it is not being done for producing alcohol. The alcohol produced by essential oil and water distillation has more intoxicating content than is legal, and so is prohibited. However, if you distill essential oils and water for the sake of producing oils and other home used products, then you do not need to obtain a permit from the state.

Finally, we are not lawyers, this info is for your entertainment only, so be sure to consult a crafty moonshine laws lawyer before spending any monies on your own distillation plant!

“Remember, the distillation of ethyl-alcohols is illegal without a permit per federal moonshine laws and is inherently dangerous because of ethanol’s flammability (never operate a homemade still indoors). For more moonshine laws and other moonshine still permit information, visit:”

Links: – Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Distilled Spirits – Official website of New Hampshire, Liquor Commission