Bill allowing micro-distilleries heads to governor

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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