Strong majority favor eliminating ban on hobby liquor distilling - 452 participants

Feb 19, 2017

Hobby liquor distilling could become a legal pastime in New Hampshire if HB 427 becomes law. Read more about this issue. On February 19, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH eliminate its ban on the hobby distillation of liquors?”  

“Should NH eliminate its ban on the hobby distillation of liquors?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Hobby Liquor Distilling New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 452 participants gave 734 responses

A total of 95% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 5% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 452 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 734 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

[Note: Citizens Count NH also received additional comments from 62 individuals from outside New Hampshire.]

What Participants Said:

Yes: A strong majority, at 95% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of eliminating the ban on hobby distilling.  

  • “Distilling of spirits has been a tradition for hundreds of years. If not being sold to the public, the state should stay out of those traditions.”
  • “Yes. What I do in my home is no one's business as long as I'm not bothering anyone else.”
  • “Should be treated no different than beer or wine making for personal use.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 5%, were opposed to eliminating the ban on hobby distilling.  

  • “Distilling can be extremely dangerous if not done correctly and it has been my observation that if people can't even clear off their cars of ice and snow, [then] I doubt they're responsible enough to handle distilling.”
  • “It's a pointless waste of time, as federal law will still prohibit distillation of liquor.”
  • “We need to check distilleries for proper manufacture of alcohol.”

Other: As noted above, 5% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Current status: “There’s a ban?”
  • Liquor stores: “How about running a monopoly on liquor in NH. I thought that was illegal.”
  • Broader policy: “They should completely revamp liquor laws.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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HB 427 (2017)
Bill Status: In Committee
Hearing date: Jan 24, 2017


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