Lift the unfair restrictions on our state’s breweries before July 1st, 2023.
PASS S-3038 / A-4630 ASAP!!!
Craft breweries in New Jersey need your help immediately!!! The NJ Division of Alcohol Beverage Control (NJABC) is poised to reimpose harmful craft brewery license restrictions on July 1st with the renewal of each brewery’s annual state-issued license. These restrictions will continue to jeopardize the livelihood of each of these small businesses, as well as the future of craft beer in the Garden State. With this deadline looming, and alcohol regulators pointing to existing state craft brewery laws as the reason for these restrictions, legislation needs to be advanced by the Legislature and signed by the Governor this spring to avoid a rash of brewery closures this summer. To fix these restrictions, the Guild is asking you to support Senate Bill 3038 / Assembly Bill 4630 (S-3038/A-4630).
The potential of brewery closures statewide is real. With some breweries’ revenues down as much as 40% over the last year directly due to these restrictions, another year under these arbitrary limits would spell doom for many craft breweries. Beyond the breweries themselves, several local communities and other businesses which benefit from having one or more breweries in their town will be impacted economically. Local charities and non-profits which regularly leverage the appeal and fundraising prowess of state craft breweries will see the money raised from brewery-related events drastically diminished. Residents around New Jersey, including brewery employees, their families, and the fans of local craft beer who live in every legislative district in the state, will immediately feel the severe negative impacts of inaction if legislation is not passed in the next six weeks.
Overall, S-3038/A-4630 will give breweries a set of specific rights and privileges which mirror those allowed for our competitors in border states where their respective craft beer industries have flourished, not been hampered, because of their states’ craft beer laws. This legislation has been crafted with both the immediate and long-term needs of New Jersey’s industry in mind, allowing it to recover from the impacts of state-imposed restrictions in the near term, while giving it the space and opportunities to grow in years to come. With the continuation of restrictions for craft breweries on the horizon this July, time is of the essence. Now is the time to support S-3038/A-4630 to fix our state’s craft brewery laws. Put S-3038/A-4630 On Tap and Pass It ASAP!!!
Garden State Growth
OUR STATEWIDE CONTRIBUTION
Founded in 2018, The Brewers Guild of New Jersey (BGNJ) was established to better represent the policy interests of New Jersey’s pioneering independent craft breweries and brewpubs in the region’s ultra-competitive alcoholic beverage market. The Guild’s Membership is the foundation of today’s flourishing New Jersey craft beer industry which has grown exponentially in the last decade. Our Brewery Members positively stimulate local economies and have earned national recognition for their critically-acclaimed ales and lagers.
75% OF PRODUCTION
More than three-quarters of New Jersey's brewing output is produced by the Guild's Membership.
ROBUST LOCAL EMPLOYMENT
Brewery Members employ hundreds of local residents at their facilities and taprooms.
AWARD WINNING BEERS
Great American Beer Festival® and World Beer Cup® medals have been awarded to Guild Members.
New Jersey’s craft beer industry boasts over 100 licensed breweries and brewpubs statewide. Our Guild’s Membership is proudly made up of the state’s leading craft beer makers, who produce millions of gallons of draft and packaged beer. Products from BGNJ Members are available at retail locations, restaurants, liquor stores, and their taprooms throughout New Jersey and neighboring states.
Promotion & Access
THE GUILD'S MISSION
The Brewers Guild of New Jersey, a New Jersey-based non-profit advocacy organization, represents the state public policy interests of New Jersey’s independent craft breweries and brewpubs statewide. The Guild’s overall goal is to promote a stable and beneficial state statutory and regulatory environment which fosters growth in the state’s craft beer industry. The Guild prioritizes policies which maintain and enhance access to craft beer consumers through all state alcohol sales and distribution channels, including through brewery tasting rooms for on-premise consumption and other activities, and offsite opportunities, including but not limited to both retail consumption and retail distribution licensees. The Guild aspires to accomplish these goals by:
Educating state and local policymakers on the ongoing status and needs of the craft beer industry and the Guild’s licensed brewery membership in a proactive manner.
2. POLICY RESEARCH
Formulating statutory and regulatory proposals aimed at continually-improving the New Jersey marketplace for the sale and distribution of New Jersey craft beer.
3. REGULATORY AFFAIRS
Actively engaging state regulators, specifically the NJ Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (NJABC), on a routine basis to address the common needs of the industry.
4. LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
Advocating the Guild membership’s consensus-driven positions on all policy matters which could potentially hinder or promote the policy goals of the organization.
5. MEMBERSHIP RELATIONS
Serving as an outlet for reliable information and open communication on the latest news and policy developments which could impact the Guild’s policy agenda and daily operations of Guild member breweries.
6. PUBLIC/MEDIA AFFAIRS
Communicating the Guild’s positions to media outlets as needed so that the Guild membership’s stance on issues of the day are promoted and conveyed in a manner which positively represents the Guild’s members.
The Guild is excited to offer an Allied Partnership program to help facilitate connections between companies and professionals who are seeking to network with the state’s leading breweries. Allied Partners offer a wide range of services to our membership, including but not limited to; accounting, finance, legal, equipment, packaging, etc. We value our Allied Partners and actively refer their services.
As of January 2021, please find below the Guild's current Board Members.
Michael Kane -- Kane Brewing Company
Ryan Krill -- Cape May Brewing Company
Gene Muller -- Flying Fish Brewing Company
Chris Walsh -- River Horse Brewing Company
Scott Wells -- Bolero Snort Brewery
"Producing consistently great quality beer and working tirelessly toward getting it into the hands of consumers in the marketplace are the goals of the new Guild.” --- GENE MULLER
GUILDED FOR THE CAUSE
The Brewers Guild of New Jersey is excited to announce a new project and collaboration beer we’ve been working on in 2020. The “Guilded For the Cause” campaign aims to bring greater awareness to the current issues impacting breweries and brewpubs across the Garden State through what the members of the Guild know best: great New Jersey craft beer. Stay tuned as new collaboration beers are announced and how you can help your local brewery accomplish our goals.
Presence Through Representation
Eric Orlando is the first Executive Director of BGNJ, having represented the interests of New Jersey’s craft beer industry for almost a decade. He is currently the Executive Vice President at the Kaufman Zita Group (KZG), a West Trenton, NJ-based public affairs firm. Eric has helped guide the industry’s public affairs efforts on several fronts, working with state alcohol regulators and legislators statewide to ensure that positive trends for local, independent craft beer in the state continue to benefit Guild Members and the craft beer consumer alike. His most noteworthy achievement came in 2012 when Governor Chris Christie signed Public Law 2012, Chapter 47, which reformed several aspects of craft brewery licensure laws, directly leading to a 500% increase in breweries operating in New Jersey today. If you are interested in joining or supporting BGNJ, please contact Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Since 2010, and highlighted in the passage of seminal bi-partisan craft beer reform legislation in 2012, our firm’s representation of the craft beer industry has been rewarding both personally and professionally." --- ERIC ORLANDO
FOLLOW THE GUILD
For the latest news about the Guild’s efforts to promote our state’s craft beer industry, please find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Guild frequently posts updates on issues impacting all the breweries and brewpubs in our state and how you can get involved and make a positive difference for the good of our members and you, our valued customers. So stay tuned and please give us a follow.
Expanding New Jersey Craft Beer
INTERESTED IN JOINING OR SUPPORTING?
Learn more about joining as a Brewery Member or supporting as an Allied Partner. Please complete the below form or email BGNJ's Executive Director, Eric Orlando, at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.