The moment we’ve all been waiting for…well, almost. Indiana has finally wised up to the need for blossoming local distilleries, cider makers and breweries to sell their crafted beverages on Sundays. That’s right friends, now you can buy a bottle of Fletcher Place’s Hotel Tango Golf Gin or Romeo Rum and enjoy your last sip of freedom while bracing for the work week.
Unfortunately Indiana residents are still banned from purchasing alcohol from grocery and convenience stores on Sundays but the three new state laws that took effect on July 1st are loosening the cork for craft businesses and artisan distilleries alike.
“As we are creating new experiments for the public to try, such as a gin and a coffee liqueur, being able to sell on Sunday will greatly increase the number of test subjects that Broken Beaker can utilize.”
While the spirits industry is still newly developing in Indy there are local favorites Hotel Tango and Broken Beaker to be affected. The first of the three laws allows for the carryout sales at artisan distilleries who already sell alcohol on Sundays. This comes as great news for businesses battling for the freedom to provide a full experience to visiting patrons. Without being able to sell their product for carryout after tours and tastings many businesses are left sending customers home empty handed, regardless of their travel time.
“As we are creating new experiments for the public to try, such as a gin and a coffee liqueur, being able to sell on Sunday will greatly increase the number of test subjects that broken beaker can utilize. We appreciate the local Chatham Arch neighborhood coming by the lab and given us new ideas to experiment with. Now we will have an extra day.” – Thomas Wysocki, Owner-Operator of Broken Beaker
The second state law change allows for farm wineries to fill growlers for Sunday patrons. Breweries and wineries have been enjoying this state permission for years already, breweries only since 2010, and now these “farm wineries” are next in the tap line. A local meadery, New Day Craft, is especially ready considering their accidental dispensing of growler refills they innocently filled last year.
If you are looking for something off the beaten path, but in a prime location, check out Broken Beaker. A husband and wife, a chemist and engineer, have opened up their doors to offer a new distilling experience for Indy residents. The science based distillery produces a menagerie of alcoholic offering all tweaked continually to suit customer desires and interests.
The additional knowledge gained from the math and science behind these concoctions added an exciting element to the futuristic Mass Ave install. Their rhubarb, cranberry and ginger isotope liqueurs are just the beginning for this liquid laboratory.
The third change to the Indiana state law and perhaps most interesting is the allowance for the Department of Natural Resources to apply for their own three-way alcohol permit. This change in legislature will allow state parks to generate additional revenue to make park improvements and back maintenance funding. With only a handful of states still limiting alcohol sales on Sundays these growing business owners have hope these changes will bring a lift of all Sunday restrictions in the future. Until then, cheers to these three wishes.
Which distillery is calling your name?