Although "Seagrams" still appears on the side of one building of the Lawrenceburg Distillery complex, the facility is owned by MGP Ingredients of Indiana, which purchased the distillery in 2011.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Executives with MGP Ingredients – the owner of the Lawrenceburg Distillery – are fans of a bill that would allow micro-distilleries across Indiana.
The Indiana Senate approved House Bill 1293 Tuesday, sending it to Governor Mike Pence for signature into law.
The bill would create an artisan distiller’s permit, allowing individuals or businesses to distill no more than 10,000 gallons of liquor a year. Each micro-distillery could sell its product to liquor wholesalers or individuals.
HB 1293 doesn’t directly affect MGPI of Indiana’s ability to sell the millions of gallons of spirits it produces each year to wholesalers.
“By law, MGPI of Indiana can’t sell alcohol to individuals, which is fine since our business is providing bulk liquids to our brand-owning customers,” said MGPI of Indiana Plant Manager Jim Vinoski.
In hinting at possible new features at the 166-year-old Lawrenceburg Distillery, Vinoski said the company is supportive of the bill poised to become law.
“While we don’t see any immediate impact to our operation in Lawrenceburg, we think the bill may offer potential opportunities for the future as we are considering plans to establish our company’s alcohol innovation lab, pilot plant and visitor center at the Lawrenceburg site,” he said.
So, MGPI could bring micro-distillery creativity to large scale production down the road. Vinoski said he sees no reason that Indiana cannot be a leader as the micro-distillery industry takes off.
“As our products demonstrate, Indiana can be a source of spirits that compete with the very best,” said Vinoski. “…A bunch of us at MGP are fans of fine spirits – we enjoy our products and our competitors’ as well. We welcome the craft movement for the positive impact it’ll have on the spirits world, just as craft brewers have brought a beer renaissance in recent years.”