New Jersey Regulators Back Off Onerous Brewery Rules

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We reported last week that New Jersey was planning to implement onerous new rules on craft breweries, such as limiting the number of events they could host during a calendar year. But now the state’s Division of Alcohol Beverage Control has announced that it will delay enactment of the rules (at least for now):

More than a week after levying a special ruling against microbreweries in New Jersey, the state Division of Alcohol Beverage Control is putting new regulations directed to the industry on hold.

ABC Director David Rible announced Tuesday the division would not enforce the special ruling issued in September that issued new regulations to businesses holding a limited brewery license.

"We want to make sure that we get this right," Rible said. "We are committed to supporting the state's growing craft beer industry, while also balancing the concerns of other stakeholders and ensuring compliance with state law."

Rible says suspending the special ruling will once again allow the ABC, craft brewers, legislators, alcohol beverage license holders, and other people affected by the division's decision to continue discussions to see if changes need to be made to the 2012 law that paved the way for so many new microbreweries to open across the state…

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