Three new liquor laws that go into effect in July

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - There is another round of changes for Indiana’s liquor laws that take effect July 1, 2016. Local businesses, city, and state leaders hope the new laws will give business a big boost. Hotel Tango distillery is one of the local businesses affected by the new liquor laws.

“We have six different spirits that we offer right now. We have vodka, gin, orangecello and moonshine,” says Hotel Tango bartender Michael Daniells.

Hotel Tango bottles and sells their liquor, but has never sold a bottle on a Sunday. That all changes July 1, 2016, when one of three new Indiana liquor laws takes effect, allowing local distilleries to sell their products on Sundays.

“We are very excited. I think that it is a good look at the progress going forward, especially with all of the convention traffic that we have. We get a lot of people who come from out of town and do not know the law. This change in law gives us a chance to provide our spirits to them,” says Daniells.

Action from the general assembly this year will also allow farm wineries that carry cider and fermented fruits and honey to fill up growlers for their thirsty customers. This is something State Sen. Jim Merritt says the industry has been waiting for.

“The overall alcohol industry in Indiana has been developing for the past 25 years. It has become a real tourism bonus for us,” says Merritt.

The third law going into effect will allow DNR to apply for a three-way alcohol permit for state parks. That means beer, wine and liquor will be able to be sold in state parks. State government feels they should be able to grant liquor permits to those parks and take out the middle man, giving people more ways to enjoy the park and take advantage of the facilities.

“It is so valuable for these state parks to have their own liquor permit,” says Merritt.

Back at Hotel Tango, staff is hoping all three new liquor laws give business a boost.

“We hope to grow it a little more with Sunday sales,” Daniells.

Even though distilleries will be able to sell alcohol on Sundays, the Sunday sales law prohibiting stores from selling alcohol remains in effect.