In a scurried attempt to play catchup on an intriguing piece of legislation in Michigan last week, we totally missed the fact that Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed HB 1054 in to law.
That bill, if you recall, includes the “3 Floyds Amendment.” That section of the legislation allows small brewers in Indiana to brew more beer and still be considered a “small brewer.” The cap remains at 30,000 barrels per year but beer that is brewed for consumption and distribution outside of Indiana is no longer included in that figure.
The new law means some of Indiana’s not-so-small, small brewers like 3 Floyds, Sun King and Upland will continue to receive tax breaks, self-distribution rights and on-site sale privileges. We hope this also encourages brewers smaller than those three to grow knowing the state has their back.
Gumballhead’s all around!
House Bill 1054, which includes the “3 Floyds Amendment,” flew out of the Indiana House this week and is on its way to the governor’s desk for signature.
The bill received 81 “yeas” and a mere 7 “nays” on March 5th. The measure passed the Senate on a similar vote two weeks prior with 43 “yeas” and 7 “nays.”
Both the House Speaker and President Pro Tempore have since signed off on it.
The bill, which we first wrote about here, makes some changes to the barrel limit that determines who is a “small brewer” in Indiana. Continue reading
RYAN: What is being dubbed the “3 Floyds Amendment” – by 3 Floyds, rightfully so – unanimously passed an Indiana Senate Committee Thursday. The bill, HB 1054 for those keeping score at home, increases the production cap for craft brewers in the state. Currently it stands at 30,000 barrels. The new limit would be increased to MORE THAN 30,000 barrels and adds the caveat that it be for sale or distribution within the state. Continue reading
KARL: Far be it from me to agree with just about anything Indiana does ever, but they do seem to know a thing or two about handling their craft brewing scene. The Times of Northwest Indiana reported recently that Three Floyds was creeping in on the current 20,000 barrel limit for microbreweries.
According to BeerNews.org, in Indiana that designation comes with certain tax breaks and distribution rights as well as on-site sale privileges. Rather than muck around with a big argument over what constitutes a barrel or what defines a craft brewery or who can self-distribute, it appears that the IN legislature is just going to raise the cap to 30,000. Nice of them, huh?
Here’s basically the whole piece, as reported by Dan Carden: Continue reading