(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana already allows micro-breweries and may soon permit micro-distilleries, too.
The Indiana Senate approved House Bill 1293 on a 38-9 vote on Tuesday, the Indianapolis Star reports. The legislation had already passed the House. The bill’s author, Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany), agreed to the amendments made in the Senate, sending the legislation to the governor’s desk.
The measure reverses a blue law dating back to Prohibition.
HB 1293 established an artisan distiller’s permit for people who want to distill less than 10,000 gallons of liquor a year. The micro-distillery could sell its product to liquor wholesalers or by the drink, bottle, or case to individual consumers.
Micro-distilleries would have to pay $250 each year for a two year permit. The permit fee will be distributed to enforcement and administration funds as well as the state general fund.
According to the Star, advocates of the bill believe it paves the way for micro-distilleries partnering to create an Indiana version of Kentucky’s bourbon trail.