Poll: Should New Jersey lift some restrictions on microbreweries, brewpubs?

    Sure, we know New Jersey for its beautiful produce and vineyards, but how about for its beer?

    S-641, a bill that would lift some of the restrictions on the Garden State’s microbreweries and brewpubs, recently passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

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    NJ.com reports the bill would allow microbreweries to sell their beer on site or after a brewery tour. Brewers would also be allowed to offer samples of their beer on and off site. The bill would also increase the number of licenses brewpub owners hold and would allow brewpubs to increase production and distribution.

    The bill, sponsored by Senator Donald Norcross and Senator Thomas Kean, Jr., would give New Jersey’s breweries a chance to compete with others across state lines.

    How would you feel about changing the state’s restrictions to give New Jersey’s microbreweries a better chance to compete? Do you think the bill would help New Jersey microbreweries and brewpubs? Tell us in the comments below.

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