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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In September 2018, the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) issued, and quickly rescinded, a Special Ruling Authorizing Certain Activities by Holders of Limited Brewery Licenses.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

Jan 03, 2019

Drinks “Out of Season” – Seasonal Retail Licensees Can Obtain One-Day Off-Season Permits

Holders of Seasonal Retail Consumption licenses may sell alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption during either the summer season (May 1 – November 14) or the winter season (November 15 – April 30).  On December 17, 2018, Governor Murphy signed into law an amendment to the Seasonal Retail Consumption license statute that now allows licensees to obtain one-day permits during the off-season. » Read More

Nov 26, 2018

Let Everyone Know They Can Bring Their Own Bottle: New Jersey Ban on BYOB Advertising Deemed Unconstitutional

Our restaurant clients – those who do not have a liquor license – frequently ask us about the BYOB rules in New Jersey.  What types of alcoholic beverages can customers consume on the premises?  (Wine and beer only.)  Can I charge a “corkage” or “service” fee to those bringing their own beer or wine to my restaurant?  » Read More

Nov 19, 2018

New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Industry Should Take Advantage of The Tax Amnesty Program

As described in more detail by our colleagues, “New Jersey Tax Amnesty – A Timely Gift from the State of NJ,” this holiday season, the New Jersey Division of Taxation is affording New Jersey businesses the chance to pay back certain taxes with no penalty and only one-half of the interest. » Read More

Nov 12, 2018

Shake-Up at the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control: Graziano to Replace Rible as Director

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

Oct 24, 2018

Proposed Bill in Response to NJ ABC’s Special Ruling

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

Oct 03, 2018

Beer Backlash: Pressure From New Jersey Legislators Leads to Special Ruling Being Placed on Hold

That was quick!  Last week’s Special Ruling Authorizing Certain Activities by Holders of Limited Brewery Licenses, which restricted New Jersey craft brewers’ business operations, has been temporarily suspended.

We knew there would be mixed emotions in response to the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s ruling, but the voices of New Jersey’s craft beer industry were loud, and they were heard. » Read More

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