NH Liquor Commission to host one of nation’s largest spirit tasting events

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MANCHESTER, NH – The New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) will host the fifth annual Distiller’s Showcase of Premium Spirits celebrating hundreds of the world’s best whiskies, tequilas, vodkas, rums and more on Thursday, November 9, from 6 to 8:30 PM in Manchester, NH. NHLC expects the Distiller’s Showcase to attract more than 1,000 guests to sample from more than 400 premium spirits.

The Distiller’s Showcase provides the opportunity for guests to meet distillers and brand ambassadors from around the world, while sampling food from many of New Hampshire’s top restaurants. Distiller’s Showcase guests will also have the chance to bid on bottles of rare Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23-year Kentucky straight bourbon, as well as a trip to The Dalmore Distillery in Scotland. Tickets cost $60 and are available at http://distillersshowcase.com. Proceeds benefit the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire (ARLNH).


The New Hampshire Liquor Commission predicts attendance will be over 1,000 guests.

“We developed the Distiller’s Showcase with a goal of providing an unparalleled opportunity for spirit novices and aficionados alike to explore their palettes by offering hundreds of diverse, premium spirits,” said NHLC Chairman Joseph Mollica.

Restaurants participating in the event include: Bedford Village Inn, Campo Enoteca, Faro Italian Grille, Giorgio’s Ristorante, JD’s Tavern, O Steaks & Seafood, Canoe Restaurant & Tavern, 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, Republic Cafe, Stark Brewing Company, The Common Man, Crown Tavern, the New Hampshire Food Bank’s RFS, Culinary Job Training Program, Tuscan Kitchen, Veranda Martini Bar and Grille, LaBelle Winery, Fratello’s Italian Grille, Homestead Restaurant, Lindt Fine Chocolates, Nestle Tollhouse Chocolates, Granite State Candy Shoppe, Nantucket Mixers, Stonewall Kitchen, Angela’s Pasta & Cheese Shop, Tillen Farms, and Wild Rover Pub.


Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23-year Kentucky straight bourbon, available for bidding at the Distiller’s Showcase.

The Distiller’s Showcase of Premium Spirits has had a major impact on ARLNH, which relies on funding from the event to support operating expenses. Nearly three-quarters of ARLNH’s operating budget goes to animal care and medical expenses.  

“Since its inception in 2013, this unique partnership between ARLNH and NHLC has raised more than $250,000 through the Distiller’s Showcase of Premium Spirits,” said Katharine Eneguess, president and CEO of ARLNH. “The proceeds support the wide range of services extended by the League, providing support for more than 2,200 animals and their owners annually. With no state or federal funding, we rely on the support of individual donors and community partnerships, and are grateful to be the beneficiary of this spectacular event.”

The Radisson Hotel Manchester is offering a special “sip and stay” package and Grace Limousine is providing a “safe ride home program” as well.

Visit www.distillersshowcase.com for a complete list of participating brands, presenters and restaurants. 


About the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire
The Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps more than 2,200 cats, dogs, and small animals find loving homes each year. To help people who love their pets, but are currently struggling to care for them, they offer community outreach programs, such as a Pet Food Pantry, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics, and statewide Animal Cruelty Investigations.


About the New Hampshire Liquor Commission
The New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) operates 80 retail locations throughout the Granite State and serves more than 11 million customers each year. More than $3.5 billion in net profits has been raised since the first store opened in 1934. Total liquor net profits reached $159 million, of which $155.7 million was transferred to the New Hampshire General Fund, which is used to fund programs including education, health and social services, transportation and natural resource protection. Additionally, $3.3 million was transferred to New Hampshire’s Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Treatment Fund, which utilizes a percentage of NHLC profits to fund addiction treatment and prevention programs.