Indiana Law Requires Brewhouses to Serve Hot Dogs and Milk

If Bank Street Brewhouse’s sleek exterior and silver siding in New Albany, Ind., doesn’t catch your eye, its unusual menu might. Loaded with sarcasm and bite, the menu offers “Chef Campbell’s Soup of the Day,” helpfully “served in a bowl. Your choice of whichever can is on the top of the stack.” Alternatively, a hungry diner can sample a hotdog, “microwaved to perfection, including both weenie and bun, sans condiments.” But people don’t go to Bank Street Brewhouse for anything other than beer, making the state’s law requiring any establishment with an alcoholic beverage sales permit to maintain a restaurant on its premises burdensome and out of touch with consumers.

The State of Indiana is still enforcing the 76-year-old law. On top of that, they’re required to serve weirdly specific things: they must offer hot soup, hot sandwiches, coffee and milk, and soft drinks – and to a minimum of 25 people.

Take action: If you own a brewery in Indiana and want to challenge the state’s absurd requirement that you serve hot soup, hot sandwiches, coffee and milk, and soft drinks, please contact us. We can help!

Now, Bank Street Brewhouse acknowledges that some patrons might enjoy a snack as they sample one of the establishment’s excellent craft beers (yes, we sampled them), so they provide telephone numbers for local restaurants that deliver and allow patrons to dine in.
It’s time for Indiana to update its laws and allow entrepreneurs an opportunity to make and sell the products that they actually specialize in.

— Melinda Haring
Melinda Haring is the Activism Manager at the Institute for Justice

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