Are you aware that Indiana wineries are able to sell bottles of their wine to go from the winery on Sunday? There is no such concession for Indiana brewers. Doesn’t seem quite fair, does it? Aside from the fairness issue is the issue of being able to promote beer tourism in Indiana when tourists can’t buy Indiana-made beer to take home with them on a Sunday.
A bill sponsors by Senator Ron Alting of Lafayette passed the full Senate with less thean 10 senators objecting. The bill will allow Indiana breweries with production under 20,000 barrels to sell carry out of their own beer on Sundays. Purchases would be limited to growlers (half gallons) and 1/6th barrels. This bill steers clear of the larger question of allowing Sunday sales of alcohol for off-premise consumption. The bill is now in the House Public Policy committee chaired by Representative Trent Van Haasten (House Bill 1027) and will be voted on in the next 2 weeks.
We home brewers should support our commercial brethren on this bill by contacting our local representatives as well as the Chair of the House Public Policy Committe, Rep. Trent Van Haaften post haste and let them know you support this bill.
Contact your local representative: http://district.iga.in.gov/DistrictLookup/