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Sen. Banks: Senate Approves Bill to Support Microbreweries

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 14, 2014) — Legislation authored by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to support microbreweries passed the Senate today by a vote of 42-6.

Senate Bill 16 would allow a craft brewery to sell its product for carryout at nonprofit farmers markets and trade shows. Currently, microbreweries may only sell their product as the proprietor of a restaurant or directly to another permitted retailer, dealer or consumer’s residence.

“Young, innovative businesses must be built on a solid foundation, and this measure would provide greater flexibility to one of Indiana’s growing industries,” Banks said. “Last year, Indiana had more than 50 licensed microbreweries, and this year, there are more than 70. As this market expands, this legislation would make it easier for these local businesses to attain their full potential.”

The legislation also expands opportunities for artisan distillers by allowing them to hold a retailer permit for a restaurant, in addition to a microbrewery permit. 

SB 16 now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration. Reps. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) and Casey Cox (R-Fort Wayne) will sponsor the legislation.