Neptune distillery to shut down Oct. 1 as Murphy says he will veto bill to lift brewery restrictions
Another New Jersey watering hole is shutting its doors.
Dachshund Distillery in Neptune will shut down on Oct. 1. Its owner Tim Sexsmith says it was a difficult decision.
“It’s just not sustainable, so it’s time to move on,” he said.
Sexsmith says state alcohol regulations others have blamed for harming business were not the main cause for his business shutting down. But he says he would have liked to have had more opportunities to bring in customers with events and live music. These events have been restricted in the past by the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
The ABC has temporarily suspended enforcement of the controversial regulations, but Gov. Phil Murphy intends to veto a bill that would eliminate them for good.
The governor instead wants to focus on comprehensive liquor license reform. However, it is unclear how long this overhaul will take.