LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Lafayette resident Jeff Hamann is just one of many who want to see local beer at Farmers Markets.
"I don't understand why there's not beer sold at the Farmers Market," Hamann said. "A lot of great regional craft breweries are opening up all over the state. I think it's pretty neat to showcase those. Yeah, it'd be great to see beer at the Farmers Markets."
"People are going to maybe try different stuff. Could be good for the local breweries," Kevin Gutwein said. "Hard to see a negative."
"There's alcohol laws so surely there would be some stipulations and guidance to make sure that they stay in that range of laws," Connie Davis said about beer sales. "I personally don't have a problem with it."
A bill allowing micro breweries to sell their local product at Farmers Markets never made it out of the House. State Senator Ron Alting co-authored the bill that passed the Senate and said he plans on bringing the bill to next year's session. He said he hopes to give local breweries the same opportunity as local wineries when it comes to Farmers Markets.
"Whyte Horse Winery from Monticello comes and previously they could sell bottles of wine and samples and then this year it's been approved that they can sell wine by the glass," Sagamore West Farmers market Master Sue Gerard said.
Sagamore West Farmers Market master Sue Gerard said they've been in contact with People's brewery since the bill was first introduced at the Statehouse. She said if the bill eventually passes she'd love to add local breweries to the list of vendors.
"We think it would be a great addition," Gerard said. "They have a great product and there are many people that are already asking for it."
She said they would have to get approval from local officials to have beer sales.
Currently the Lafayette Farmers Market does not have alcohol sales but representatives told that they'd be open to the idea.
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