Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Microbreweries Receive a Boost from New Law

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Microbreweries Receive a Boost from New Law

Article excerpt

New Jersey will soon find out if "small beer is big business," now that Governor Christie has lifted many restrictions on the state's microbreweries.

Christie on Friday signed into law bipartisan legislation that aims to jump-start the craft-beer industry in the Garden State, to pave the way for more brewing facilities and create jobs. The legislation updates brewing laws, giving the state's 16 microbreweries and brew pubs some of the same rights as local wineries.

For example, microbreweries will now be able to sell beer to customers for consumption on- or off-premises, which will permit microbreweries to have sampling rooms with taps and bottles. Sales for on-premise consumption will be restricted to brewery tours, while sales for off-premise consumption are capped at 15.5 gallons, or half a keg, per customer.

Under the legislation, microbreweries can offer samples of no more than 4 ounces on or off the licensed premise. An Alcohol Beverage Control permit will be needed to provide samples. …

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