Strict Set Of Rules Passed For New Jersey Craft Breweries
The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control is after those craft beer breweries in New Jersey once again.
On Tuesday, a new set of rules were passed which regulates the number of events breweries can host and what they are allowed to serve to account for nearby businesses that have acquired full liquor licenses.
“We believe the activities permitted under this special ruling strike a fair and appropriate balance between the interests of full retail license holders, such as restaurants and bars, and the craft brewing industry,” said acting ABC director, James Graziano.
Take a look at the new rules that according to NJ.com, were passed on Tuesday below:
1. Breweries are only allowed to host 25 special events on site which now only applies to the ones that are, "promoted by the media or include entertainment like live music, DJ's, or live-televised sporting events, trivia, paint and sip, yoga and animal adoption events."
2. Breweries can host up to 52 private events per year and now, attendees can bring their own wine or beer.
3. Breweries must give attendees a tour of the facility before serving them. But now, repeat customers only have to be given the tour once a year.
4. Breweries cannot sell food, have a restaurant, or host food trucks or other vendors. Food can be delivered and menus of nearby businesses can be left as long as the brewery and restaurant do not have a business partnership.
5. Breweries are being given the option to apply for a new permit to host 12 off-premise events per year where they can sell 4 and 6 packs of beer or open beer containers.
I am not really sure why these rules are getting as strict and specific as they are, to be completely honest.
And I am not medical professional but aren't you supposed to offer food to those who are consuming alcoholic beverages?
“Will everyone be satisfied with them? Probably not," Graziano said. "But at the end of the day, the division’s job is to set limits on what licensees are entitled to do under existing laws and to level the playing field so that all limited breweries can compete fairly with each other."
I am sure you are not surprised that this is only an overview of some of the changes that are in store for New Jersey Breweries.
For a more detailed look, check out the original article at NJ.com.
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