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Old 10-21-2009, 04:43 PM   #1
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Thinking of going pro in NJ? Maybe starting a nice Nanobrewery? Here is a useful link to the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control website.

I just got off the phone with a nice young lady over there and thought I'd share my findings. Remember this is all state-specific, so there are still Federal things to do.

In order to manufacture my own beer and distribute it to a retail establishment (iow put beer in kegs and sell to a bar) I would need a type 11 Limited Brewery License, at $1,250, renewed annually.

That lets me brew up to 50,000 barrels of beer a year. No, they don't have anything more reasonable for small brewers.

She mentioned the beer would be manufactured at a commercial location. I asked if it was permissible to brew the beer in a separate building on my property. She specifically said it may not be manufactured in any area that is zoned residential. So I'd have to buy or rent commercial property.

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Old 10-21-2009, 05:08 PM   #2
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I hate that kind of laws.



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nothing is easy in new jersey...

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well they might have the 3-tier system too, i believe in washington and colorado the politicans are not corrupt and those laws do not apply in those states

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Old 10-22-2009, 04:47 PM   #5
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Thanks for the link & info.
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yeah nj has the 3-tier system also. so alcohol producers(tier 1) have to sell to a licensed wholesaler(tier 2), who then sell to the vendors(tier 3, bars, stores,etc.). the alcohol producer cant sell directly to the vendor

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yeah nj has the 3-tier system also. so alcohol producers(tier 1) have to sell to a licensed wholesaler(tier 2), who then sell to the vendors(tier 3, bars, stores,etc.). the alcohol producer cant sell directly to the vendor
The only way around that as far as I can see is to open a brewpub. The license is the same price, but I think you need to have a restaurant on premises to sell the beer retail.

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The only way around that as far as I can see is to open a brewpub. The license is the same price, but I think you need to have a restaurant on premises to sell the beer retail.
Doesn't take much of a kitchen to make and sell hot dogs.
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Honestly that sounds cheap for a license to make and sell alcohol.

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NJ only has 3 major wholesalers for wine and liquor. i worked for one them. they didnt deal with any beer. but even brewpubs would have to get their liquor and wine from the wholesaler.

i believe, but im not postive, even wholesalers like costco and BJs, have to buy from 1 of the 3 major wholesalers and resell to consumers. they cant buy directorly from absolut or any of the other suppliers



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