Support Senate Bill 641

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.

For the first time since craft brewing was legalized in New Jersey, there’s an opportunity for you to make a difference and help New Jersey brewers and consumers.

On Monday, March 5, the New Jersey’s Senate Law and Public Safety 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.

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.

By Friday, March 2, please contact the five members of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee (listed below) to let them know that you support the legislation as a craft beer consumer and ask them to VOTE YES on the bill.

For your information, Committee Chairman Donald Norcross is already a co-prime sponsor of the legislation. You should thank Chairman Norcross for his sponsorship and for allowing the bill to be voted on in committee on March 5.

When calling the other 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 and want more of.

Remember, please call or email these members by Friday, March 2 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 Law and Public Safety Committee

Norcross, Donald – Chair
Audubon Commons Shopping Center
130 Blackhorse Pike
1st Floor
Suite D-3
Audubon, NJ 08106
(856) 547-4800

Greenstein, Linda R. – Vice-Chair
7 Centre Dr.
Suite 2
Monroe, NJ 08831-1565
(609) 395-9911

Bateman, Christopher
36 East Main St.
Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 526-3600

Holzapfel, James W
852 Highway 70
Brick, NJ 08724
(732) 840-9028

Sacco, Nicholas J.
9060 Palisade Ave.
North Bergen, NJ 07047
(201) 295-0200

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