Johnathan Moxey just alerted me to the fact that this is happening, which is kind of embarrassing, seeing as he’s from Missouri and lives in NYC, and I have lived in New Jersey for decades. Anyway, my state is a crappy place to start a new brewery, and because of that, New Jersey has very few good ones. This bill would go a long way towards changing that, and I hope that if you live on the Garden State or simply wish to foster the growth of craft beer from sea to shining sea, you’ll hit up a few legislators and tell them what they need to do – vote this sucker through. Get to it!
More details below from the Brewers Guild:
For the first time since craft brewing was legalized in New Jersey, there’s an opportunity for you to make a difference and help New Jersey brewers and consumers.
On Monday, March 5, the New Jersey’s Senate Law and Public Safety Committee will meet to vote on S-641. The bill, developed by the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild, will give all craft brewers in the state more flexibility in how, when and where they sell and promote their beer.
Current regulations highly restrict what New Jersey brewers can do—especially when compared to the surrounding states of New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Specifically, this bill would allow:
- one company to open more than two brewpubs
- production breweries to sell beer for on and off premise consumption
- breweries and brewpubs to conduct informational tastings off premise
- brewpubs to distribute beer through the wholesale network
This will lead to a healthier environment for small brewers and more choices for craft beer consumers.
By Friday, March 2, please contact the five members of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee (listed below) to let them know that you support the legislation as a craft beer consumer and ask them to VOTE YES on the bill.
For your information, Committee Chairman Donald Norcross is already a co-prime sponsor of the legislation. You should thank Chairman Norcross for his sponsorship and for allowing the bill to be voted on in committee on March 5.
When calling the other members of the committee, you should comment on how this bill will help small brewers continue to create jobs, improve tourism opportunities and cut needless red tape. From the consumer perspective, you should comment on how the bill will allow you to have better access to the locally made craft beers you love and want more of.
Remember, please call or email these members by Friday, March 2 to make sure your voice is heard and your support for S-641 is registered.
Thank you for your continued support of New Jersey’s craft brewers.
Flying Fish Brewing Co.
Treasurer, Garden State Craft Brewers Guild
Members of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee
Norcross, Donald – Chair
Audubon Commons Shopping Center
130 Blackhorse Pike
Audubon, NJ 08106
Greenstein, Linda R. – Vice-Chair
7 Centre Dr.
Monroe, NJ 08831-1565
36 East Main St.
Somerville, NJ 08876
Holzapfel, James W
852 Highway 70
Brick, NJ 08724
Sacco, Nicholas J.
9060 Palisade Ave.
North Bergen, NJ 07047
Thanks for your support of New Jersey’s small and indepenent brewers.
American Homebrewers Association
Please support New Jersey S-641
Calling your elected officials is easy. A staffer will answer the phone. Tell the staffer your name and where you’re from and tell him/her why you’re calling and why the issue is important to you. He/she will thank you for your call and that’s it. There’s nothing to it. It will only take you a minute or two, but it makes all the difference.
– Stott Noble, Homebrewer