New Indiana alcohol law raises businesses’ spirits

Indiana’s bars, restaurants, liquor stores and microbreweries hope to boost their business, thanks to a series of new alcohol provisions recently signed into law by Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Effective March 12, the new statute extends Sunday drinking hours to 3 a.m. and repeals the prohibition of Election Day alcohol sales. Beginning July 1, Sunday carryout sales at microbreweries will be allowed.

Senate Enrolled Act 75 also aims to curtail underage access to alcohol by requiring any establishments that have carryout sales to card all customers who appear younger than 50.

Overall, owners of bars, restaurants and microbreweries say, the law — which passed the legislature overwhelmingly — should bring a slight uptick in business because they will have more hours, on Election Day and Sunday, to sell their products.

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