In September 2018, the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) issued, and quickly rescinded, a Special Ruling Authorizing Certain Activities by Holders of Limited Brewery Licenses.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