Have a Whiskey Salute to the Hall of Flags with NH's New Limited Liquor Bottle
CONCORD — The N.H. Liquor Commission has announced a new series of commemorative bottles to support the preservation of New Hampshire's Hall of Flags.
NHLC Chairman Joseph Mollica said the commission has been helping to preserve the Hall of Flags since 2013, which can be seen as you enter the New Hampshire Statehouse, and consists of 115 historic, bloodstained and battle-scarred flags, including 88 from the Civil War.
“This rendition of the commemorative bottle honors the New Hampshire Hall of Flags itself, offering our 11 million annual customers both a unique keepsake and the opportunity to play a part in preserving our state’s history,” Mollica said.
Previous bottles have depicted a New Hampshire camping theme and the Old Man of the Mountain since the commemorative bottle series was launched, and more than $100,000 has been raised to support Hall of Flags preservation. NHLC officials said they expect to raise an additional $40,000 with this new bottle, which is available at select New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets for $29.99.
Officials said this year's bottle is the first in the series to be filled with American whiskey, as previous bottles were filled with vodka.
M.S. Walker Fine Wines & Spirits produced the Hall of Flags commemorative bottle on behalf of NHLC. Officials said the New England-based company takes its heritage seriously, which was a major inspiration in partnering with the N.H. Liquor Commission to create the commemorative whiskey bottle.
The liquor was bottled in custom molds at M.S. Walker’s new, state-of-the-art bottling and production facility in Boston, Massachusetts.
Following battle, New Hampshire soldiers returned a U.S. flag, state flag, and a regiment flag to the state capital, where they have been displayed ever since.
Many of the flags in the Hall of Flags have been housed in the same oak cases since 1899, and while the cases are well maintained, they are not air-tight, and with flags made from mostly silk and cotton — and some containing gold leaf, as well as lead-based paint — they have gradually deteriorated.
Officials estimate it will cost more than $1 million, perhaps much more, to properly preserve the flags.
Governor Chris Sununu said it's impossible not to appreciate the signifance of the Hall of Flags when entering the Statehouse.
“These flags are a remarkable tribute to the brave men and women who fought for New Hampshire and this country," Sununu said. "I am extremely pleased NHLC is releasing this new commemorative bottle to help us raise crucial funding to preserve and protect this historic resource.”
More than 30,000 students visit the Hall of Flags each year and about 100 people visit the Hall of Flags each day during peak tourism periods.
Along with military flags and portraits of Civil War heroes, the Hall of Flags also houses a case dedicated to New Hampshire astronaut Alan Shepard.