Assemblyman CRAIG J. COUGHLIN
District 19 (Middlesex)
Eliminates permit requirement for home production of wine and beer for personal use.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
An Act concerning the production of wine and beer and amending R.S.33:1-75.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. R.S.33:1-75 is amended to read as follows:
33:1-75. a. [The director may, subject to rules and regulations, issue special permits authorizing the manufacture by a person who is 21 years of age or older, within a home or other noncommercial premises, of wines or malt alcoholic beverages in quantities not exceeding 200 gallons per calendar year for the person's personal or household use or consumption.] Deleted by amendment, P.L. , c. (pending before the Legislature as this bill)
b. The director may, subject to rules and regulations, issue special permits authorizing the manufacture of wines in an instructional winemaking facility by a person who is 21 years of age or older, residing within or without this State, in quantities not exceeding 200 gallons per calendar year for the person's personal or household use or consumption.
c. The director shall, by regulation, establish a reasonable fee to cover the costs incurred in issuing the special permits required by this section.
d. A person manufacturing wines or malt alcoholic beverages pursuant to this section shall not be liable for any tax imposed under the "Alcoholic beverage tax law," R.S.54:41-1 et seq.
(cf: P.L.2007, c.329, s.2)
2. This act shall take effect immediately.
Under current law, a person over age 21 may annually manufacture at home up to 200 gallons of wine or beer for personal or household use or consumption. Prior to producing the wine or beer, the person is required to obtain a special permit from the Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. This bill eliminates the requirement to obtain a permit. Home production of wine or beer would continue to be limited to a maximum of 200 gallons annually under federal regulations.