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Proposed bill lets pet owners bring their dogs into microbreweries

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Senate Bill 2753 would allow dogs, and their owners, in the sampling and tasting areas of microbreweries.
Senate Bill 2753 would allow dogs, and their owners, in the sampling and tasting areas of microbreweries. - ()

So a dog walks into a bar, actually more of a microbrewery, and the bartender says, to the owner, “Hey you can't bring that dog in here.”

Well, under state Senate Bill 2753, dog owners would be allowed to bring their canine companions to the sampling and tasting areas of these breweries.

“We’ve heard from brew pub operators that many customers who stop in for a tasting have their dogs in tow, which creates conflict with public health officials who don’t like pets in establishments where food or drink is consumed,” said state Sen. Mike Doherty, R-23rd District, a sponsor of S2753.

Under the bill, dogs still wouldn’t be allowed in areas wherever the food is prepared, or where dishes and other equipment is cleaned.

Workers wouldn’t be allowed to touch the dogs while on duty, not even a single belly rub. Restaurant owners will have to make sure areas where the dogs are allowed are kept clean and sanitary.

“It’s possible to meet the demands of customers without sacrificing the cleanliness we expect when we visit our microbreweries,” Doherty said.

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Daniel J. Munoz

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Daniel Munoz covers politics and state government for NJBIZ. You can contact him at dmunoz@njbiz.com.

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