Second Alert: Support Small and Independent Brewers

Thanks to all of you who contacted Assembly members last week about supporting A-1277, which was favorably passed out of committee.

The Garden State Craft Brewers Guild is once again requesting that beer enthusiasts take action to support identical legislation in the New Jersey Senate in the effort to ensure the provisions in these bills have the best chance of becoming law before the legislative session closes.

Please read the following information provided by the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild.

We are once again asking for your help in support of New Jersey brewers and consumers.

On Monday, June 18, New Jersey’s Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee will meet to vote on S-641. 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 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee (listed below) by Friday, June 15, 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 Friday, June 15 to make sure your voice is heard and your support for S-641 is registered.

Thank you for your continued support of New Jersey’s craft brewers.

Gene Muller
Flying Fish Brewing Co.
Treasurer, Garden State Craft Brewers Guild

Members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee

Senator Paul Sarlo, Chair
(201) 804-8118

Senator Brian Stack
(201) 721-5263

Senator Jennifer Beck
(732) 933-1591

Senator Anthony Bucco
(973) 627-9700

Senator Sandra Cunningham
(201) 451-5100

Senator Linda Greenstein
(609) 395-9911

Senator Kevin O’Toole
(973) 237-1360

Senator Steven Oroho
(973) 300-0200

Senator Joseph Pennacchio
(973) 227-4012

Senator Nellie Pou
(973) 247-1555

Senator Teresa Ruiz
(973) 484-1000

Senator Jeff Van Drew
(609) 465-0700

Senator Loretta Weinberg
(201) 928-0100

Thanks for your support of New Jersey’s small and independent brewers.

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