Burlington County Freeholders oppose Special Ruling

Burlington County Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs announced today that that the Freeholder Board adopted a resolution yesterday evening calling for an immediate withdrawal of the recent special ruling by the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) that places new drastic limitations on New Jersey craft breweries.

“Small businesses and the job opportunities they provide our residents are so important to our main streets and families all across the county. They should be provided with every avenue to grow and become part of our communities,” said Freeholder Director Gibbs. “That’s why I was appalled to learn about the state ABC’s special ruling which severely restricts the business opportunities of our craft breweries. The Freeholder Board immediately took action and we are joining the fight to have these rules withdrawn.”

The state ABC’s ruling limits craft breweries to offering only 25 public events per year. Many breweries host popular weekly trivia nights, musical performances, movie nights, and gatherings for live sporting events on television. In addition, the rules dampen another potential revenue source for breweries by limiting them to hosting only 52 private events per year, such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, reunions, and professional association events.

Craft breweries have never been permitted by the State of New Jersey to serve their own food on premise, and now the rules even take it a step further by banning take-out menus from local restaurants on site. Lastly, the rules constrain the ability for breweries to reach new customers by limiting them to having a total of only 12 special permits for off-site events, such as a beer, music or arts festivals, civic events, holiday celebrations, or athletic events.