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Senator introduces legislation allowing breweries and wineries to serve food

NEW JERSEY – In an effort to further strengthen the state’s brewery and winery industries, Senator James Beach introduced legislation this week which would allow certain breweries, wineries, distilleries, cideries and meaderies to coordinate food service or operate a restaurant on the premises.

“Breweries, wineries and distilleries have grown in popularity in recent years and they are not only tourist destinations, they’re economic engines for our state,” said Senator Beach (D-Camden/Burlington), chair of the Senate State Government, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee.

“This legislation will add another dimension to the brewery and winery industry, allowing them to partner with local businesses or open their own restaurants on the premises. Especially since they are serving alcohol, it only makes sense we encourage them to offer food to allow for a safer drinking experience,” Beach said.

The bill, S-3050, would allow those with limited brewery licenses, plenary winery licenses, farm winery licenses, craft distillery licenses or cider and meadery licenses to operate a restaurant on the premises.

It would also permit them to coordinate with a third-party food truck or restaurant to provide food directly to consumers on the premises.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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