Several changes to alcohol and tobacco laws were adopted this year, effective July 1, 2024. A full outline of these changes can be found on the ATC website here.

Of specific note for retailers and craft manufacturers is House Enrolled Act 1086:

Dram Shop: requires retailers and craft manufacturers to obtain liquor liability insurance with minimum coverage of at least $500,000 by July 1, 2024.

  • Deadlines for proof of compliance:
    • Applications submitted between 7/1/2024 & 12/31/2024 must include proof of insurance.
    • Applicants not applying until after 12/31/24, must submit proof of insurance by 1/1/2025.

Happy Hour: authorizes retailers and craft manufacturers to offer discount drinks for up to four hours per day (15 hours per week). Prohibits happy hour to occur between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.

  • Prohibits games that encourage drinking or provide alcoholic beverage prizes.
  • Prohibits selling unlimited drinks for fixed price or bottomless drinks (does not prohibit group packages like a wedding).
  • Happy hour privilege may be revoked for violations of these requirements.

Carry Out: expands carryout privileges to include mixed drinks or cocktails to-go in a qualified container for permittees that already have carryout privileges.

  • Containers with perforations or straw holes, unsealed openings covered by plastic wrap, foil, or tape, or otherwise not made for the to-go sale of alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Containers must be new, clean, and securely sealed by a device or material that fully closes off all openings.  Use of non-permissible containers may result in loss of carryout.
  • Filling used containers or refilling a container such a growler is prohibited with exceptions provided in Ind. Code § 7.1-5-3-4.
  • Permittees are still required to comply with Ind. Code § 7.1-3-20-9.5.

​If you have questions about these new laws or compliance, please contact Lisa McKinney or Alex Intermill for details or assistance.