In accordance with Senate Bill 75, signed into law this past session by Gov. Mitch Daniels, Indiana breweries can now sell items for carryout on Sunday. And while many are celebrating, the holiday weekend does provide a bit of irony.
"It's too funny," says Brugge owner Ted Miller. We fight for five years to get this and we're closed for the July 4th holiday.
"We're 'mom and pop,'" Miller continues. "We give our employees the day off to barbecue in the backyard. We'll really start July 11th."
As will about a dozen other breweries whose traditional day off supercedes getting what the Brewers of Indiana Guild has been wishing for: opening Indiana for tourism from neighboring states and equity with the wine industry, which has had Sunday sales since 1982, with an active year-round wine trails program.
"While we're excited [about Sunday sales], but Upland is more oriented toward the wholesale side of the craft beer industry than the brewpub side, so we're not as enthusiastic about it as some other breweries in Indiana are," said Charles Stanley, marketing operations manager at Upland Brewing Company. "The real benefits, as we see it, are having a new opportunity to introduce people to craft beer and, hopefully, an increase in beer-related tourism in Indiana."
Roger Baylor offered a reminder about another change the new state requirement for all purchasers of beer, wine and spirits to show ID: "Beginning July 1, carry-out sales of alcoholic beverages in Indiana, including growlers at a brewery, must be accompanied by a driver's license showing proof of age. Whether you're 21 or 81, you must show ID to buy a growler, or we cannot serve you. This is Indiana's rule."
Sunday beer celebrations
We checked in with some of our favorite brewers to see who's open on Sunday, July 4 and what they are offering. Here's what they had to say:
Roger Baylor at New Albanian Brewing Co.: Traditionally closed on July 4, NABC's Bank Street Brewhouse will be open 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. instead of until their usual 8:00 p.m. Sunday closing. "We're calling it Growler Independence Day," says Baylor.
Kwang Casey of Oaken Barrel in Greenwood: "It's our 16th anniversary and we are doing our annual Pig Roast; we are also promoting Sunday sales with specials throughout July."
Bob Ostrander at IndianaBeer.com: "Figure 8's tasting room will commence Sunday hours on July 4th. Sunday growler sales should also be at Three Floyds, Crown, Brickworks, Granite City (3 locations), Mad Anthony (Ft. Wayne only), Half Moon, Barley Island (Noblesville only), Alcatraz, Lil' Charlies, Power House, Big Woods, Bloomington, Upland (Bloomington only), Turoni's (Main Street only)."
Greg Emig at Lafayette Brewing Co. "Here at LBC, we'll kick off that inaugural Sunday with an Independence Day Celebration featuring $4 half-gallon growler refills along with special pricing on 1-liter refills, six packs, cases and a specially discounted food menu."
Rock Bottom downtown Indianapolis and Rock Bottom College Park will be open and providing carryout sales.
Only the RAM Restaurant & Brewery downtown Indianapolis qualifies for carry-out sales. However, both RAM lcoations will be doing $5.99 growler fills every day all of July.