STATE LEGISLATIVE WEBSITE: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/
NEW JERSEY ABC: http://www.nj.gov/lps/abc/index.html and
BREWERS ASSOCIATION: https://www.brewersassociation.org/

 

Our three latest pieces of legislation we are pursuing, and the release put out when the legislation was introduced:

o   S-2910 (Kean/Barnes) / A-4389 (Coughlin/O’Scanlon) - Permits certain breweries to sell beer at community farm markets. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/S3000/2910_I1.PDF

o   S-2911 (Kean/Barnes) / A-4390 (Coughlin) - Allows consumption of food on limited brewery premises. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/S3000/2911_I1.PDF

o   S-2912 (Kean/Barnes) / A-4391 (Coughlin/O’Scanlon) - Authorizes restricted breweries to annually sell up to 1,000 barrels of beer to in-State and out-of-state retailers.http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/S3000/2912_I1.PDF

 

 

SENATOR KEAN INTRODUCES TRIO OF BILLS TO EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES FOR CRAFT BREWERIES IN NJ

     Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has introduced a trio of bills to expand opportunities for craft breweries, microbreweries and brew pubs to open, grow and succeed in New Jersey.
      Senator Kean's S2910 creates a state permit for local breweries to sell their products at community farm markets in municipalities that do not prohibit alcoholic beverages. Permits would be valid for one full year and issuance and renewal can be no more than $75.
      "With warm-weather seasons upon us, this legislation provides countless and timely opportunities to help grow the state's agriculture and tourism economies," said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). "It will draw more people to our attractions and eliminate prohibitions that limit how local breweries can develop and expand."
      Senator Kean's S2911 allows consumers to enjoy local food at microbreweries, while they visit, take a tour or sample beer.
      "There are direct benefits to stripping down regulations and allowing more enjoyable experiences for people who frequent and support New Jersey businesses," Kean said. "This bill will help New Jersey become and market itself as a more diverse destination state."
      Senator Kean's S2912 allows New Jersey brew pubs to annually sell and distribute up to 1,000 barrels of malt alcoholic beverages to state-licensed retailers and retailers licensed in other states.
     "This legislation is about providing our residents, small businesses and economy with greater opportunities and tools for success," Kean said. "Brew pubs are more and more in demand and people should have the option to purchase their products in this state, and we can attract more people from out of state by allowing beer from New Jersey brew pubs to be showcased across the country."
      All three of the abovementioned bills have garnered Democrat sponsorship in the Assembly.

 

33:1-10Class A licenses; subdivisions; fees.

 

Limited brewery license.  1b. The holder of this license shall be entitled, subject to rules and regulations, to brew any malt alcoholic beverages in a quantity to be expressed in said license, dependent upon the following fees and not in excess of 300,000 barrels of 31 fluid gallons capacity per year and to sell and distribute this product to wholesalers and retailers licensed in accordance with this chapter, and to sell and distribute without this State to any persons pursuant to the laws of the places of such sale and distribution, and to maintain a warehouse; provided, however, that the delivery of this product by the holder of this license to retailers licensed under this title shall be from inventory in a warehouse located in this State which is operated under a limited brewery license.  The holder of this license shall be entitled to sell this product at retail to consumers on the licensed premises of the brewery for consumption on the premises, but only in connection with a tour of the brewery, or for consumption off the premises in a quantity of not more than 15.5 fluid gallons per person, and to offer samples for sampling purposes only pursuant to an annual permit issued by the director. The holder of this license shall not sell food or operate a restaurant on the licensed premises.  The fee for this license shall be graduated as follows:

to so brew not more than 50,000 barrels of 31 liquid gallons capacity per annum, $1,250;

to so brew not more than 100,000 barrels of 31 fluid gallons capacity per annum, $2,500;

to so brew not more than 200,000 barrels of 31 fluid gallons capacity per annum, $5,000;

to so brew not more than 300,000 barrels of 31 fluid gallons capacity per annum, $7,500.

For the purposes of this subsection, "sampling" means the selling at a nominal charge or the gratuitous offering of an open container not exceeding four ounces of any malt alcoholic beverage.  For the purposes of this subsection, "product" means any malt alcoholic beverage that is produced on the premises licensed under this subsection.

Restricted brewery license.  1c. The holder of this license shall be entitled, subject to rules and regulations, to brew any malt alcoholic beverages in a quantity to be expressed in such license not in excess of 10,000 barrels of 31 gallons capacity per year.  Notwithstanding the provisions of R.S.33:1-26, the director shall issue a restricted brewery license only to a person or an entity which has identical ownership to an entity which holds a plenary retail consumption license issued pursuant to R.S.33:1-12, provided that such plenary retail consumption license is operated in conjunction with a restaurant regularly and principally used for the purpose of providing meals to its customers and having adequate kitchen and dining room facilities, and that the licensed restaurant premises is immediately adjoining the premises licensed under this subsection.  The holder of this license shall be entitled to sell or deliver the product to that restaurant premises.  The holder of this license also shall be entitled to sell and distribute the product to wholesalers licensed in accordance with this chapter.  The fee for this license shall be $1,250, which fee shall entitle the holder to brew up to 1,000 barrels of 31 liquid gallons per annum.  The licensee also shall pay an additional $250 for every additional 1,000 barrels of 31 fluid gallons produced.  The fee shall be paid at the time of application for the license, and additional payments based on barrels produced shall be paid within 60 days following the expiration of the license term upon certification by the licensee of the actual gallons brewed during the license term.  No more than 10 restricted brewery licenses shall be issued to a person or entity which holds an interest in a plenary retail consumption license.  If the governing body of the municipality in which the licensed premises will be located should file a written objection, the director shall hold a hearing and may issue the license only if the director finds that the issuance of the license will not be contrary to the public interest.  All fees related to the issuance of both licenses shall be paid in accordance with statutory law.  The provisions of this subsection shall not be construed to limit or restrict the rights and privileges granted by the plenary retail consumption license held by the holder of the restricted brewery license issued pursuant to this subsection.

The holder of this license shall be entitled to offer samples of its product for promotional purposes at charitable or civic events off the licensed premises pursuant to an annual permit issued by the director.

For the purposes of this subsection, "sampling" means the selling at a nominal charge or the gratuitous offering of an open container not exceeding four ounces of any malt alcoholic beverage product.  For the purposes of this subsection, "product" means any malt alcoholic beverage that is produced on the premises licensed under this subsection.