Sec. 3. (a) The provisions of this title shall not prohibit the following:
(4) The manufacture of wine or beer that is not offered for sale and is used only for the following purposes:
(A) Personal or family use.
(B) Use in the residence of the person who manufactures the wine or beer.
(C) Use at organized affairs or exhibitions.
(D) Technical or sensory evaluations.
(E) Wine or beer educational seminars.
(F) Wine or beer competitions, including contests, tastings, or judgings.
(b) The transportation and the possession of alcoholic beverages described in subsection (a)(4) shall not be prohibited but shall be subject to the applicable provisions of this title.
Taking alcoholic beverage on licensed premises; exceptions
Sec. 5. (a) This section does not apply to a person who, on or about a licensed premises, carries, conveys, or consumes beer or wine:
(1) described in IC 7.1-1-2-3(a)(4); and
(2) not sold or offered for sale.
Paragraph IC 7.1-1-2-3 (a)(4) is the basic language that allows homebrewing for a fairly broad range of uses. Subparagraph (b) of this same part allows transportation of the homebrew off the premises where it was made. This was an important addition, as previously, it was illegal to take the homebrew away from the residence where it was made.
Paragraph 7.1-5-8-5 allows the homebrew to be taken into a premises with a liquor license, and consumed there consistent with the uses described in IC 7.1-1-2-3 (a)(4).
The legal standing of Homebrewing in Indiana was the result of three years hard work by Paul Edwards, Steve Jackson, Anita Johnson, Jim Johnson, and Julie Grelle., with the outstanding help of State Representative Brian Hasler (Evansville). Code became effective July 1, 1999.
State Alcohol Beverage Control Agency
- Indiana Government Center South, Room E-114
- 302 W. Washington Street
- Indianapolis, IN 46204
- Phone: 317.232.2430
- Fax: 317.234.1520
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