(AP) - Indiana lawmakers are considering doing away with a requirement that
small wineries put up barriers to keep minors away from areas where alcohol
A bill before the
Indiana Legislature would make several changes to state laws regulating
alcohol, the News and Tribune reported. One amendment, written by Republican
Rep. Ed Clere of New Albany, would remove barriers between minors and areas
where alcohol is served in artisan distilleries and farm wineries. That
would put small wineries in the same category as boats and bowling alleys,
where minors can be present where alcohol is served.
weren’t required less than a year ago. That’s because the Indiana Alcohol &
Tobacco Commission has since reinterpreted one of its statutes.
presidents of Huber’s Orchard and Winery in Borden, said the barriers are
causing problems for his customers with children.
“They have to leave
their children behind those lines to go up and buy their glass of wine,”
Huber said his
winery is family friendly because it doesn’t have a “bar atmosphere” and its
alcohol service is “very structured.”
Another of Clere’s
amendments would clear up language in Indiana law that allows alcohol to be
served throughout the grounds of small wineries instead of just in bar
include allowing hard cider to be manufactured under a brewer’s permit
instead of a winery permit. This would benefit local entrepreneur Matt
McMahan, who owns Big Four Burgers and Beer and who is working on opening a
The House’s public
policy committee is scheduled to vote on the bill Tuesday.