Save New Jersey Craft Brewery Events

To our great disappointment, the State of New Jersey has issued a Special Ruling that severely harms the way breweries may interact with their customers and communities in their tap rooms. This ruling will set New Jersey back in terms of...Read more
To our great disappointment, the State of New Jersey has issued a Special Ruling that severely harms the way breweries may interact with their customers and communities in their tap rooms. This ruling will set New Jersey back in terms of beer culture and tourism, and disproportionately harms small and up and coming nano breweries. As of today breweries will only be permitted to host 25 events annually to include: music, trivia, education, charity, community, fitness & wellness, religious, and animal welfare events. These 25 events will be subject to approval by the state. We must remove food menus from local restaurants. We can not show sporting events on TV. We will be limited in hosting private celebrations. These are just some of the draconian restrictions and red tape that will now be required of all New Jersey taprooms. The hardest part of the ruling is knowing that this ultimately hurts our community, the local businesses and family owned restaurants, the musicians and artists, the charity and civic organizations we do our best to support, and the customers who we have come to know and become close to. Read less
Ewing Township, NJ (State)
October 4, 2018

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Independent Craft Brewers of New Jersey

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October 4, 2018

We ask that the Special Ruling be withdrawn and that an open process with stakeholders including the five hundred sixty five municipalities located within New Jersey commence to replace the closed proceedings that led to the drafting and release of the Special Ruling on Monday, September 24, 2018.

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David Rible

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October 4, 2018

The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) announced today that it will suspend enforcement of the “Special Ruling” issued on September 21, 2018 regarding limited brewery licenses. The suspension will provide ABC with the opportunity to engage in further conversations with stakeholders, including craft breweries and other...Read more

October 4, 2018

The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) announced today that it will suspend enforcement of the “Special Ruling” issued on September 21, 2018 regarding limited brewery licenses. The suspension will provide ABC with the opportunity to engage in further conversations with stakeholders, including craft breweries and other alcoholic beverage license holders, about the impact of the Special Ruling. In addition, ABC will work with state legislators to determine whether new legislation is needed to update the 2012 law that gave rise to the Special Ruling.

We want to make sure that we get this right.  We are committed to supporting the state’s growing craft beer industry, while also balancing the concerns of other stakeholders and ensuring compliance with state law.

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Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Suspends Enforcement of September 2018 “Special Ruling” on Limited Brewery Licenses Pending Additional Study

October 2, 2018 - State of New Jersey

N.J.'s 88 craft breweries were having too much fun, so the state just slapped new rules on them

September 25, 2018 - NJ.com