|June 12, 2012
Dear AHA, BA and Support Your Local Brewery Members,
Thanks to all of you who contacted Assembly members last week about supporting A-1277, which was favorably passed out of committee.
The Garden State Craft Brewers Guild is once again requesting that beer enthusiasts take action to support identical legislation in the New Jersey Senate in the effort to ensure the provisions in these bills have the best chance of becoming law before the legislative session closes.
Please read the following information provided by the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild.
We are once again asking for your help in support of New Jersey brewers and consumers.
On Monday, June 18, New Jersey's Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee will meet to vote on S-641. The bill, developed by the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild, will give all craft brewers in the state more flexibility in how, when and where they sell and promote their beer.
Please contact the members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee (listed below) by Friday, June 15, to let them know that you support the legislation as a craft beer consumer and ask them to VOTE YES on the bill.
Current regulations highly restrict what New Jersey brewers can do—especially when compared to the surrounding states of New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Specifically, this bill would allow:
This will lead to a healthier environment for small brewers and more choices for craft beer consumers.
- One company to open more than two brewpubs
- Production breweries to sell beer for on- and off-premise consumption
- Breweries and brewpubs to conduct informational tastings off-premise
- Brewpubs to distribute beer through the wholesale network
When calling the members of the committee, you should comment on how this bill will help small brewers continue to create jobs, improve tourism opportunities and cut needless red tape. From the consumer perspective, you should comment on how the bill will allow you to have better access to the locally made craft beers you love.
Remember, please call or email these members by Friday, June 15 to make sure your voice is heard and your support for S-641 is registered.
Thank you for your continued support of New Jersey's craft brewers.
Flying Fish Brewing Co.
Treasurer, Garden State Craft Brewers Guild
Members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
Senator Paul Sarlo, Chair
Senator Brian Stack
Senator Jennifer Beck
Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Sandra Cunningham
Senator Linda Greenstein
Senator Kevin O’Toole
Senator Steven Oroho
Senator Joseph Pennacchio
Senator Nellie Pou
Senator Teresa Ruiz
Senator Jeff Van Drew
Senator Loretta Weinberg
Thanks for your support of New Jersey's small and independent brewers.
Please support Senate Bill S-641
Calling your elected officials is easy. A staffer will answer the phone. Tell the staffer your name and where you're from and tell him/her why you're calling and why the issue is important to you. He/she will thank you for your call and that's it. There's nothing to it. It will only take you a minute or two, but it makes all the difference.
Stott Noble, Homebrewer