New Jersey Regulators Crack Down on Craft Beer
The big guys have been targeting small brewers for a long time. They can’t beat the crafters in the marketplace so they are trying to beat them the crony way.
The special ruling is grounded in an effort—an impermissible one, I’d argue—to protect restaurants, bars, and liquor stores in the state from competition.
The state’s powerful restaurant lobby, for example, opposes “any legislation that would relax the state’s uniquely restrictive rules on [brewery] tasting rooms, such as allowing food service and eliminating a requirement that every patron must tour the facility each time s/he visits.”