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Small Brewers Rally For Higher Production Limit

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Indiana law regulates how much beer Indiana’s small brewers can make each year and sell in state. The current limit is 30 thousand barrels.

Most businesses aren’t even close to that. But Sun King Brewery out of Indianapolis and Munster’s 3 Floyds Brewing Company are both near that mark.

Sun King co-founder Dave Colt says if the legislature doesn’t raise the ceiling, Sun King will be forced to make difficult decisions.

“Then we either have to stop growing or go past that, which means we have to give up our right to self-distribute and close down our tasting room at the same time,” Colt says.

Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, has a bill raising the limit to 90,000 barrels.

While he says he doesn’t think it will pass at that high a level, he’s confident lawmakers will recognize the significant economic impact of craft breweries and enact a change to help the industry.

The Brewers Guild of Indiana says craft breweries employ more than 2,000 Hoosiers.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.