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Bill allowing micro-distilleries heads to governor

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The General Assembly has passed a bill that would allow craft micro-distilleries to operate in Indiana and sell their liquor on-site.

The state Senate approved the bill 38-9 Tuesday. Its author, Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, agreed to changes made by the Senate, so it heads to Gov. Mike Pence for his consideration.

Huber's Orchard, Vineyard and Winery in southern Indiana, Three Floyds Brewing of Munster and Indianapolis brewer Sun King all plan to open micro-distilleries with a mix of craft vodkas, bourbons and other liquors, The Indianapolis Star reported.

The few Indiana distilleries that exist can produce hard alcohol only for wholesale distribution to retailers. Michigan, Ohio and Illinois already allow distilleries to sell alcohol on-site.

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  • Get off the
    I hope people that continue to make noise about Sunday sales simply because they deride anything that has a tie to religion, actually think about the impact of their "who cares why, we just don't want anything that supports anything" attitude. Yes, there is a religious tie, let's move beyond that and put some brain power to this. Who will Sunday sales help? Large breweries without a home in IN, larger grocers who likely do not have a home in IN....... and, that's about it, unless you count yourself for some reason. Now who will it hurt? How about the local breweries that do have a home in IN, that were founded here, that have owner's that live here, and spend their money here, what about smaller liquor stores who have to then stay open one more day to try and compete. You can buy beer on Sunday in Indiana people, from a locally owned and locally produced sourced. Yeah, I know, that's horrible, because...... why? Oh yeah, because it's tied to religion so let's do away with it without considering the economics.
  • To Boiler
    In guess Pence prayed about it and God told him not to allow it. Will God allow him to sign this micro distillery into law :-)
  • Sunday sales?
    We seem to be able to pass this legislation but cant seem to figure out how to allow alcohol sales on Sunday...like every other state allows.

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