On Monday, June 18, New Jersey's Assembly Appropriations 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 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 A-1277 is registered.
Thank you for your continued support of New Jersey's craft brewers.
Members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee
Assemblyman John Burzichelli
Assemblyman Peter Barnes
Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande
Assemblyman Herb Conaway, MD
Assemblyman John DiMaio
Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt
Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose
Assemblyman Vincent Prieto
Assemblywoman Grace Spencer