N.J.'s 88 craft breweries were having too much fun, so the state just slapped new rules on them

 | Chris Franklin 11/21/2018 1:40 PM MST
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Say goodbye to weekly trivia nights, food truck Fridays and Eagles on the TV at your local craft brewery.

A new ruling issued by the state cracks down on what brewery owners will be allowed to do and now requires them to obtain special permits from the state — a decision that the craft beer supporters in New Jersey say will severely set back the burgeoning industry. However, restaurant and bar advocates say the rules will put brewery owners more in line with others in the alcohol industry.

The “special ruling” issued Monday by the New Jersey Division of Alcohol Beverage Control will affect the 88 limited breweries that are now operating in the state — many of which have opened since the state relaxed some of its laws in 2012 — as well as the 23 operations who have applications pending.

David Rible, director of the ABC, said in his ruling that the new regulations are an attempt to clear up confusion over “what constitutes permissible activities that may take place on a licensed premises, particularly in the tasting rooms of the limited breweries.”

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