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Apr 11, 2020

New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Adapts to COVID-19 Realities

While other states, such as Pennsylvania (which has essentially reverted back to Prohibition) have significantly curtailed activities in the alcoholic beverage industry, New Jersey has amended a number of if its strict regulations in an effort to support alcohol beverage operations in our state. » Read More

Mar 30, 2020

New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Issues Guidance Concerning COVID-19 Emergency Operations

Following last week’s Executive Order No. 107, the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) has issued Advisory Notice AN 2020-03 regarding industry member’s operations amidst the COVID-19 emergency, as well as a Special Ruling relaxing certain provisions of its May 29, 2019, Special Ruling Authorizing Certain Activities By Holders of Limited Licenses. » Read More

Mar 24, 2020

COVID-19 and the New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Industry

Over the past week, New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy has issued two Executive Orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The most recent, Executive Order No. 107 signed on March 21, 2020 (superseding Executive Order No. 104), includes several provisions directly affecting members of New Jersey’s alcoholic beverage industry. » Read More

Feb 11, 2020

Andrew Linden in the News: Not as Easy as ABC

Andrew D. Linden, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was quoted in the NJBIZ article, “Not as easy as ABC.”

The article addresses the Special Ruling Authorizing Certain Activities by Holders of Limited Brewery Licenses that the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) issued and quickly rescinded in 2018 that will now be going into effect this summer. » Read More

Jan 23, 2020

As the Curtain Goes Up, You Can Say “Bottoms up:” New Jersey Expands Theater License to Non-Profit Theaters With 50 or More Seats

On January 21, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed 139 bills into law. Of those 139 bills that were signed, one bill, S1648, happens to concern the alcoholic beverage industry – specifically, plenary retail consumption licenses for nonprofit theaters. » Read More

May 30, 2019

It’s Back: Controversial Special Ruling Defining Limited Brewery Activities Has Returned (With Changes)

In September 2018, the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) issued, and quickly rescinded, a Special Ruling Authorizing Certain Activities by Holders of Limited Brewery Licenses. Amidst a media frenzy, the ABC decided that it should postpone the implementation of the Special Ruling so it could speak further with New Jersey’s limited breweries and other stakeholders in an effort to make the Special Ruling more palatable to the industry. » Read More

May 13, 2019

Getting Stuck in a Crowd: If You Need Crowdfunding to Support Your Business, You Are Not Fit to Hold a New Jersey Liquor License

Crowdfunding has become a popular way for businesses, including breweries, to not only raise money, but also market their brand before launching their products.  Although crowd-sourced funding has its benefits, it also has its pitfalls.  For instance, what happens if you use crowdfunding prior to opening your brewery, but you never open your doors due to unforeseen circumstances, and the money you raised on Kickstarter is gone?  » Read More

Feb 11, 2019

Seeding the Vines: New Jersey to Provide Assistance to Wineries

New Jersey’s alcoholic beverage manufacturers have been looking for more support from the state government, and this month, wineries and vineyards received some good news.  Recognizing the rise of agrotourism and increased interest for locally-made alcoholic beverages, New Jersey has enacted a new law requiring the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) to provide a loan program for wineries and vineyards. » Read More

Feb 07, 2019

ABC Relaxation of COLA Requirement for Intrastate Sales

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