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Posted on: September 28, 2018

New ABC Rule for Limited Brewery Licensees Issued

Last Friday, September 21, 2018, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Director David P. Rible issued, effective immediately, a ‘Special Ruling Authorizing Certain Activities by Holders of Limited Brewery Licenses.’ The Special Ruling is meant to clarify provisions of Chapter 47, P.L. 2012, which revised the ‘law regarding limited breweries, commonly known as micro-breweries, and restricted breweries, commonly known as brewpubs.’


In the Ruling, the Director notes, ‘The 2012 amendment was not intended to establish a new consumption venue at the brewery, with the same privileges as a sports bar or restaurant.’ To preclude misuse of the privileges that are afforded to limited brewery licensees – ‘the manufacture of malt alcoholic beverages and the distribution of these products through the three-tier system’ - the Ruling limits the number of special permits that the Division will issue for on-site and off-site events. Most specifically, the Ruling establishes guidelines that define a brewery tour.


We are evaluating the possible impact of the Ruling on the participation of local limited brewers at municipal festivals and civic events. The Ruling is available on the Division of ABC website


Contact: Jon Moran, Senior Legislative Analyst,, 609-695-3481, x121.

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