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Slow Pour: New Jersey Limits What Microbreweries Can Do

Under a new regulation, New Jersey microbreweries are limited in the private and public events they can host

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    Craft Breweries Battle in New Jersey

    The state alcoholic beverage control has issued new restrictions on New Jersey microbreweries. For example, the craft breweries are limited to 25 special events a year and are not able to have local to-go menus on hand.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018)

    What to Know

    • New Jersey has new rules that limit the amount of events microbreweries can host.

    • The special ruling limits microbreweries to 25 on-site activities each year, such as trivia nights and live performances.

    • Some microbrewery owners say the limits hurt the industry's efforts to be community gathering site.

    New Jersey has issued new rules limiting the amount of events microbreweries can host.

    David Rible, director of the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, signed a special ruling Friday that limits microbreweries to 25 on-site activities each year, such as trivia nights and live performances.

    They also can't provide take-out menus from restaurants, host more than 52 private parties each year or show sports on television unless it counts as one of their 25 special events.

    Rible says the ruling clarifies a 2012 law allowing microbreweries to serve their products on-site. He says that law was meant to create demand for craft beers at liquor stores, bars and restaurants, not create new "consumption venues at breweries.

    Some microbrewery owners say this hurts the industry's efforts to be community gathering site.