Dozens of brewers, wineries set for Indiana State Fair

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This year's Indiana State Fair will be serving alcohol for the first time in nearly 70 years.

About 40 Indiana craft brewers and wineries will be setting up shop in the new wine and beer garden inside the fairgrounds' Grand Hall. The General Assembly this year lifted a longstanding ban on alcohol at the fair and organizers began accepting applications last month.

Fair spokesman Andy Klotz told WIBC-FM that interest came from breweries and wineries across the state. The available beer and wine will vary day to day.

Visitors to the beer garden will receive a wristband limiting them to three sample-sized servings of beer or wine. Alcohol won't be allowed to leave the Grand Hall.

The fair is scheduled for Aug. 1-17.


  • Incorrect Information
    The State Fair website states that the limit is three servings, not three samples. A serving is equal to four samples of beer or wine. So, three servings would be four samples and two full glasses, or alternatively 12 samples.
  • Liability
    Fairgrounds don't want to run the risk of lawsuits. They've had a tough go and I don't blame them.
  • LOL
    Wonder what would happen if they tried that strategy (limit of 3 - 4oz cups of beer) at the Indy 500 ?!
  • I can have A beer at the fair??
    Wow - what a waste of a great opportunity to showcase Indiana breweries and wineries. This seems like a complete waste of time for those businesses that were looking for exposure since there will be so few "samples" that will be sold.
  • Um...
    ...so, I will be able to sample just three of the offerings that about FORTY different breweries and wineries will be promoting at the Fair? Huh? Yeahhh.... makes perfect sense.
  • LOL
    This is such a joke. No way am I going to waste the time or money on a "taste" of beer that I have to consume in what amounts to an adult play pen. No thanks.
  • Great, but...
    Unless I'm wrong, a sample size is like 4 ounces. I know we don't want drunk people at the fair, but come on. Limiting alcohol to 12 ounces confined in a beer tent is ridiculously over-cautious. Heaven forbid if one could walk around the fair with a cup of microbrew.

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