Senate sends state spirit bill back to committee

March 24, 2019

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill to designate a particular apple brandy as New Hampshire’s official state spirit will be aging a bit longer, just like the product in question.

Republican Sen. Jeb Bradley is sponsoring a bill to bestow the honor on Old Hampshire Applejack, which is made by Tamworth Distilling. But the Senate voted Thursday to send the bill back to committee due to concerns about favoring one business over others.

The brandy traces its roots to colonial days when the production process involved leaving barrels of fermented cider outside and repeatedly removing whatever ice formed on top to leave behind a more concentrated beverage.