Bill Loosens Rules For Combined Wineries, Bistilleries & Breweries
January 28, 2015 — TheStatehouseFile.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Combined distilleries, microbreweries, and farm wineries are one step closer to selling their alcohol from the same serving area after a bill passed the Indiana House on Tuesday.
House Bill 1053, authored by Rep. David Ober, R-Albion, removes a literal wall between a microbrewery, farm winery, and artisan distillery.
Current law requires a structure to be in place that separates the service of microbrewery beer, farm-produced wine, and distillery liquor. The bill would allow any combination of these small alcohol producers to serve at the same bar in the same building.
Under HB 1053, any excise violation will shut down all services being offered, as opposed to only the service with the violation. This means that in a combined distillery and microbrewery both would be shut down even if only the microbrewery violated the law.
The bill passed 97-0 and now moves to the Senate for further consideration.