One Step Closer to Ending Prohibition: A Wine Tasting

April 26, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tastings - A Wine Experience

50 West Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Indiana’s unpopular ban on Sunday alcohol sales was lifted on Feb. 28, allowing Hoosiers to buy booze in stores on a Sunday for the first time in state history. This law ended a retail Sunday alcohol ban that began in 1816 and was reinstated after Prohibition ended in the 1930s. Although Hoosiers have been rejoicing since the law was signed by Gov. Holcomb, we still have work to do when it comes to lifting the ban on cold beer sales. Currently, Indiana is the only state in the nation that regulates beer based on temperature, and recent polling shows that a large majority of Hoosiers support expanding cold beer sales to other alcohol retailers.

Celebrate being one step closer to ending alcohol prohibition in Indiana with the AFF-Indianapolis chapter. This event is your chance to discuss how we can completely end alcohol prohibition in our state. Join us for a formal wine tasting, food, and the chance to meet and network with other young professionals from across Indiana.


How Indiana’s liquor laws have evolved:

1790 – Furnishing liquor to Indians and soldiers is prohibited.

1805 – First tavern license is permitted. The fee: $12.

1816 – Indiana becomes a state; Sunday alcohol sales are prohibited.

1831 – Sale of liquor is banned within one mile of a religious meeting.

1843 – Drunken stagecoach drivers to be penalized.

1849 – Rush County goes “dry”; other counties begin to follow.

1873 – Sales barred on Election Day and holidays.

1910 – 70 counties vote to go dry.

1918 – Indiana goes dry as a state.

1920 – 18th Amendment (national prohibition of alcohol) takes effect.

1925 – Wright Bone Dry Law is enacted, increasing the penalties for alcohol.

1927 – $500 fine established for drunken driving.

1933- With Prohibition being widely ignored, Indiana repeals the Bone Dry Law. Prohibition is officially repealed later in the year with the passage of the 21st Amendment. In its place, Indiana passes a liquor control act that says retail whiskey can be sold only in drugstores, but not for drinking on the premises. Beer and wine can be sold in drugstores and restaurants. Sales on Sundays, holidays and Election Day are prohibited. Drinking age is 21.

1953 – Package liquor stores are allowed to sell beer.

1973 – Sunday sales of alcohol are permitted by the drink at restaurants, bars, hotels and private clubs.

2018 – On Wednesday, Feb. 28, Gov. Eric Holcomb signs Senate Bill 1, which allows Sunday carryout sales between noon and 8 p.m. by grocers, convenience stores, and liquor stores.

Source: The Indianapolis Star