On May 28, 2019, the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) issued a new Special Ruling for New Jersey craft brewery licenses with changes that address concerns raised by the industry. The previous Special Ruling, which was quickly suspended six months ago after strong criticism, is now officially rescinded.
The ABC drafted the new Special Ruling after consulting with some industry leaders and other interested parties. Like the previous ruling, it aims to restrict NJ limited breweries from competing with bars and restaurants who hold licenses allowing full retail privileges. The changes in the new ruling, however, reflect key issues raised by breweries about their ability to promote and build their businesses.