NEW JERSEY: Support Small and Independent Brewers
June 4, 2012
The Garden State Craft Brewers Guild has requested that beer enthusiasts take action to support legislation beneficial to the state's small and independent brewers and craft beer consumers.
Please read the following information provided by the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild.
Here is an opportunity for you to make a difference and help New Jersey brewers and consumers.
On Thursday, June 7, New Jersey's Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee will meet to vote on A-1277. The bill, developed by the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild, will give all craft brewers in the state more flexibility in how, when and where they sell and promote their beer.
Please contact the members of the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee (listed below) by Wednesday, June 6, to let them know that you support the legislation as a craft beer consumer and ask them to VOTE YES on the bill.
Current regulations highly restrict what New Jersey brewers can do—especially when compared to the surrounding states of New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Specifically, this bill would allow:
- One company to open more than two brewpubs
- Production breweries to sell beer for on- and off-premise consumption
- Breweries and brewpubs to conduct informational tastings off-premise
- Brewpubs to distribute beer through the wholesale network
This will lead to a healthier environment for small brewers and more choices for craft beer consumers.
When calling the members of the committee, you should comment on how this bill will help small brewers continue to create jobs, improve tourism opportunities and cut needless red tape. From the consumer perspective, you should comment on how the bill will allow you to have better access to the locally made craft beers you love.
Remember, please call or email these members by Wednesday, June 6 to make sure your voice is heard and your support for A-1277 is registered.
Thank you for your continued support of New Jersey's craft brewers.
Flying Fish Brewing Co.
Treasurer, Garden State Craft Brewers Guild
Members of the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee
Mainor, Charles – Chair
Wilson, Gilbert – Vice Chair
Watson Coleman, Bonnie
Thanks for your support of New Jersey's small and independent brewers.