Senator Vin Gopal (D-11) introduced a bill today that would allow microbreweries to hold special events both on- and off-site with prior notifications to the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. NJBIZ reports that this bill, S3154, requires breweries to provide notification 10 days prior to on-site events and 21 days prior to off-site, and notification of the host municipality. The bill would also allows microbreweries to use virtual tours to fulfill tour requirements and clarifies they do not need to fulfill tour requirements when selling products intended for off-premises consumption.
“Recently, I have been working with brewery owners here in Monmouth County to ensure that this growing industry is well supported and has the resources necessary to thrive. I was also a vocal opponent of the State Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s (ABC) restrictions on breweries, which would have had significant detrimental impacts on this vital industry and were ultimately reversed,” said Senator Gopal.
According to Senator Gopal’s web site, there are a growing number of breweries in Monmouth County which employ countless hardworking residents in his district and attract multitudes of customers to the area. From the Asbury Park Brewery to Jughandle Brewing Company, breweries have become an integral component of Monmouth County’s business community, serving as an added destination for residents and visitors alike. “As this industry continues to grow, it is imperative that we have legislation in place to ensure its success.” said the Senator.