Relax. You may not always need a COLA to register your brand in New Jersey.
In a prior post, we talked about the need to obtain a COLA for New Jersey brand registration per New Jersey regulations, even if the brand is sold intrastate only, or just in your taproom (and therefore would not require a COLA under federal law). » Read More
On Friday, November 9, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that David P. Rible, New Jersey’s Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control since only July 2017, will be leaving his post. The State’s official news release states that Director Rible is leaving to pursue other opportunities. » Read More
As discussed in our prior posts, the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Special Ruling Authorizing Certain Activities by Holders of Limited Brewery Licenses (which was rescinded) was a hot topic among New Jersey’s craft brewers and even New Jersey’s politicians. » Read More
In addition to creating the Cidery and meadery license (see Part 1 for a discussion of the privileges of that license), the recent amendments to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act (“Act”) amended the definition of “wine” in those sections that had previously created the State’s various winery licenses – Plenary winery license, Farm winery license, Wine blending license, Instructional wine-making facility license, and Out-of-state winery license. » Read More
In recent years, a handful of companies have been manufacturing and selling cider and mead in New Jersey under a temporary authorization permit (“TAP”) issued under the NJ ABC Commissioner’s general powers. Those companies were working under a TAP due to the fact that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act (“Act”) did not have a specific license for the production of cider and mead. » Read More
Many unlicensed restaurants (BYOBs) promote what are sometimes referred to as “Pairing Dinners,” where the restaurant prepares a dining menu that is complemented by wine, beer, or spirits with each course. These can be great events, but a potential legal issue lies in how the Pairing Dinners are sold. » Read More
One of the most challenging circumstances our clients face is having spent hundreds of thousands of dollars finding a suitable building for brewing and fitting out their new space, and the start of operating costs, meanwhile they are unable to brew or sell beer because they do not yet have a license (for those brewing less than 300,000 barrels per year, the license in New Jersey is a Limited Brewery License). » Read More