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By Jeff Terrill

Fort Wayne Reader

2015-06-05


Good weather is here, summer vacations are starting and this week’s topic is beer.

More Beer Allowed

Good news for Indiana craft beer makers and drinkers. Effective July 1, 2015, home state brewers can produce up to 90,000 barrels each year for sale within Indiana. Two kegs make one barrel. The current law places a cap on Indiana brewers prohibiting them from producing more than 30,000 barrels each year for sale within Indiana. A microbrewery can produce more than the allotted amount only if that beer is shipped and sold out of the state.

The new law will triple the production amount permitted and should help Indiana brewers, such as Sun King (Indianapolis) and 3 Floyds (Munster), to continue on their strong growth trajectory. According to the Support Indiana Brewers website (supportindianabrewers.com), Indiana craft brewers contributed $609 million to the state’s economy in 2013. The current law stymies growth and hurts Indiana consumers

If you’ve ever tried to buy some 3 Floyds Zombie Dust you know what a rare find it is. With the law change, microbrewers from around the state will be able to make and sell more beer in Indiana.

Sunday Beer

Indiana lawmakers gave Indiana brewers a nice assist back in 2010 by allowing microbreweries to sell carryout growlers and bottles on Sundays. The only catch is that the beer sold must come from that brewery. So, when you run out of beer at your Sunday barbeque – swing by your local brewpub and get what you need. You won’t find carryout beer for sale legally anywhere else in Indiana on a Sunday.

Truth in Pour Laws Stumble

16 ounces in a pint, right? Well, that’s what beer drinkers in Maine, Michigan and Oregon believe. According to a June 2015 ABA Journal report, recent attempts have been made to enact laws to ensure that a person who orders a pint of beer actually gets 16 ounces of beer. According to the article, such regulation has existed in the U.K. for centuries. The Maine bill sought to guarantee that a pint of beer contained 16 ounces of liquid, not including the foam. The governor vetoed the bill. Similar attempts to regulate the pint pours in Michigan and Oregon have been unsuccessful.

That’s what I call serious drinking.

Support your local brewery and be safe.

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Jeff Terrill is a partner/shareholder with the law firm of Arnold Terrill Anzini, P.C. Mr. Terrill represents clients accused of crimes throughout northeast Indiana. You can contact Mr. Terrill with any questions or comments at his office at 260.420.7777 or via email at jterrill@fortwaynedefense.com. Learn more about his firm at www.fortwaynedefense.com. This article expressed opinions and observations of the author, is not intended as legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship between the author and the reader. Please consult a qualified attorney with any legal questions or issues you might have. Thank you

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