Friday, December 05, 2014

The Brewers of Indiana Guild and Sunday sales in Indiana.

This issue is destined to be a prominent feature of the forthcoming 2015 Indiana legislative session.

"Package store owners want to keep the cork in Sunday sales in Indiana."

There are 98 breweries currently operating in Indiana, and the Brewers of Indiana Guild works on their behalf. Accordingly, it's important to remember the guild's official position with regard to the expansion of Sunday sales.

You've probably seen Sunday alcohol sales in the news and may have even been asked about the issue by your patrons and others. Brewers of Indiana Guild stands neutral on Sunday sales and any other issue that is not part of our legislative agenda.

Brewery owners and representatives, please be aware simply that one's personal opinion always should be kept separate from collective policy. Indiana's small breweries and wineries already possess the right to sell their products for carry-out on Sunday. Beyond that, we don't have a dog in this fight.

Disagree? That's quite possible, and if so, please consider getting involved with the guild. The guild's legislative positions are derived from the viewpoints of membership. If we don't know your viewpoint, we cannot discuss it. We cannot learn from it.

I've been a director on the board of the guild since at least 2009; quite frankly, I cannot remember exactly, although I'm up for re-election in 2015. Simply stated, the legislative agenda is of critical importance, and we've gotten quite a lot done in recent years. Apart from that, all the other things we try to get done definitely impact all of the state's brewers. The guild is imperfect, but it can be a valuable tool.

And tools don't matter much unless they're used. Drop me a line and I'll let you know what's happening.

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