What's brewing in the Granite State
NH brew business looks for help with regulations
Ayotte toured Smuttynose Brewery on Heritage Avenue with owners Peter Eggleston and Joanne Francis to learn more about operations, local marketing efforts, and federal regulatory and tax challenges that Smuttynose and other craft brewers would like to see changed.
Eggelston said the craft brewing industry is dramatically different today with more than 3,000 craft brewers nationwide. This increase in breweries coupled with staffing cuts at TTB have resulted in a backlog.
He said they can submit a label one year for a product and gain approval, and then go back the next year with a minor change to have it rejected for something that was previously approved.
Eggleston said he was impressed that Ayotte had done her homework and seemed to understand the main points he hoped to discuss.
Eggleston said despite growth for the business, they are still challenged in getting New Hampshire residents to drink New Hampshire beer. In neighboring states, as much as 10 percent of beer brewed in state is purchased in state. In New Hampshire, only about 1.3 percent of New Hampshire brewed beer is sold in state.
Overall, sales in New Hampshire for Smuttynose are up 18 percent this year, he said.
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