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New Craft Brewery Rules Coming to New Jersey

New Craft Brewery Rules Coming to New Jersey

Author: John BurkeDate: June 3, 2019

On May 28, 2019, New Jersey’s Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control issued a Special Ruling that defines the privileges of limited or “craft” brewery licenses in the State. In an attempt to balance the interests of the craft brewing industry and traditional bars and restaurants, the latest ruling relaxes some of the restrictions set forth in the short-lived Special Ruling issued last September, while leaving others in place.

“We spent months meeting with stakeholders and listening to their concerns, especially the very few, very vocal licensees who felt their views were not adequately represented in the extensive stakeholder discussions we held prior to drafting and issuing the first Special Ruling,” James B. Graziano, Acting Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, said in a press statement. “The Special Ruling issued today includes important changes that address key issues raised in these recent discussions. The changes made are intended to help craft breweries promote their products and build their business while continuing to balance the concerns of other licensees and ensuring compliance with state law.”

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