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Alcohol Advisory Council Proposed in NJ

A.B. 5524 establishes the New Jersey Brewery, Cidery, Meadery, and Distillery Industry Advisory Council and provides for funding through certain alcoholic beverage tax receipts. Read More

New Jersey Issues Rules Defining Small Brewer Abilities

The state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control has issued a Special Ruling defining allowable activities for limited (i.e. craft) brewery licensees. The ruling covers issues related to on- and off-premises events, brewery tours, food on brewery premises, and certain …Read More

Brewery On/Off Site Events Addressed in NJ

Senate Bill 3154 authorizes limited breweries, commonly referred to as microbreweries, to hold certain on-site and off-site events open to the general public. Under the bill, on-site special events include trivia and quizzes; paint and sip craft making; live music …Read More

Brewer Tax Credits Proposed in New Jersey

Senate Bill 3031 provides credits against the New Jersey alcoholic beverage tax to manufacturers of brewed beverages in the amount of qualified capital expenses paid by the brewer during the tax year. Each individual taxpayer is allowed an annual total …Read More

NJ Bill to Clarify On/Off Premise Brewery Abilities Into’d

Assembly Bill 4594 authorizes the holder of a limited brewery license to hold an unlimited number of on-premises special events and up to 12 off-premises special events per year. A license holder also is permitted to: deliver its product to …Read More

New Jersey Tasting Room Regs on Hold

The state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) issued a ruling intended to clarify certain abilities of limited brewery licensees (up to 300,000 barrels annual production) and attempted to strike a balance between the interests of full retail license holders, …Read More

Food in NJ Breweries Advances

Passing the Assembly, A.B. 2015 would allow consumption of food on limited brewery premises. Read More

NJ to Promote Brewery Tours

Passing committee, Senate Bill 1909 requires the Division of Travel and Tourism to advertise and promote tours of breweries in the State. Read More

Dogs in New Jersey Taprooms?

S.B. 2753 seeks to allow dogs in sampling and tasting areas of breweries. Read More

Calorie Information Required under NJ Bill

A.B. 2505 would require entertainment facilities to provide calorie information for food and beverage items offered for sale, subject to the same requirements that currently apply to chain restaurants. The bill would define “entertainment facility” to mean any privately or …Read More

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Pete Johnson

State & Regulatory Affairs Manager

Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association. He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as Programs Director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

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