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I’m not much of a drinker, so I haven’t spent much time thinking about how Indiana’s alcohol laws personally affect me, but that changed last fall when my daughter got married.

Two days before the wedding, my daughter’s soon-to-be in-laws drove to a Sam’s Club to buy the beer for the wedding reception. Knowing we anticipated a large crowd, they loaded up an over-sized shopping cart with cases of beer and headed for the checkout lane, only to be stopped by a clerk.

Being Illinois residents, here’s what they didn’t know: In Indiana, you can only buy 864 ounces of beer, equal to three cases, in a single transaction.

Pleasant but puzzled, they bought their allotted three cases and returned the next day, with a couple more family members, to buy the rest. Here’s what they also didn’t know (and weren’t told by the clerk): that frequent big-quantity beer buyers in Indiana know you can skirt the law by getting back into another line after you’ve finished your first transaction and buy three more cases of beer.

 

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