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Here are a couple of sentences putting these terms into some larger context:


Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau: A federal agency created under the Homeland Security Act of 2002 which is a bureau under the U.S. Department of Treasury. The agency is charged with collecting revenue, developing regulations and ensuring tax and trade compliance along with the Federal Alcohol Administration Act and the Internal Revenue Service Code.


Alcoholic Beverage: A fermented or distilled beverage. Alcoholic beverages are divided into three general classes for taxation and regulation of production – beers, wines, and spirits.


Ale: A malt beverage usually brewed with barley malt and fermented at relatively high temperatures with top fermenting yeast.


Artisan Distillery: An establishment for distilling liquor, generally in smaller quantities than allowed by law for a major manufacturer. Amounts are usually set by law.


Brewpub: A restaurant-brewery that sells 25 percent of more of its beer on site where beer is also brewed primarily for sale at the same location.


Carding: The practice of checking a consumer’s ID to determine the buyer’s legal age to purchase alcohol, usually done by a retail clerk.


Control State: States in the U.S. that have state control over the wholesaling or retailing of some categories of alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine and distilled spirits. There are 18 control states. Indiana is not a control state.


Commodity: A commodity is a type of item that package stores can sell – which are limited to 10 items by state law as alcohol or alcohol-related products.


Craft Brewery: A small brewery that is generally independently owned and produces a limited amount of beer per year.


Excise Taxes: Excise taxes are taxes paid on particular goods, such as alcohol.


Growler: A container of beer bought by the measure. Growlers are generally filled straight from the tap and sold by restaurants, breweries or brewpubs.


Hard Liquor: A term used to distinguish between distilled alcoholic beverages and non-distilled alcoholic beverages.


High-Gravity Beer: Beer that is more than 6.25 percent alcohol by volume (ABV).


Hop: A climbing plant that contains oils and resins that provide beer with a bittering balance in taste and aroma to the sweetness of the malt.


Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission: A state agency created by law to: protect the economic welfare, health, peace, and morals of the people of this state; regulate and limit the manufacture, sale, possession, and use of alcohol and alcoholic beverages; regulate the sale, possession, and distribution of tobacco products; and raise revenue.


Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers (IABR): The only industry trade group representing the state’s package store owners and permittees. IABR is a member of the American Beverage Licensees.


Keg: A container usually made of aluminum of steel that is used to store, transport and serve beer under pressure.


Lifeline Law: Indiana’s Lifeline law provides immunity for the crimes of public intoxication, minor possession, minor consumption, and minor transport to persons who reveal themselves to law enforcement while seeking medical assistance for a person suffering from an alcohol-related health emergency. In 2014, the law was updated to extend immunity to those who report crimes of sexual assault.


Liquor: An alcoholic beverage made through the process of distilling grain, fruit or vegetables. Examples of distilled beverages include vodka, gin, whisky, brandy, etc.


Liquor Co-Op: A liquor co-op is a membership group that helps independent liquor stores to collectively purchase liquor, wine and beer from distributors to compete in the marketplace.


Microbrewery: A small brewery that produces a limited number of barrels of beer per year, usually for local consumption and distribution.


Micro-Distilling: A smaller distillery that produces liquor in limited quantities. Off premise: Off-premise retail sale refers to the selling of alcoholic beverages for consumption elsewhere and not on the site of sale, such as package stores.


On Premise: On-premise retail sale refers to the selling of alcoholic beverages for consumption at the site of the sale, generally in pubs, bars, cafes or restaurants.


Package: A general term used to describe the containers that are used to market alcoholic beverages. Package beer, for example, is generally sold in bottles or cans.


Package Store License: A package store license under Indiana law is identified as a 217 license to sell liquor, beer and wine.


Quota: The state determines quotas for alcohol permits based on the populations of cities and towns. Once a quota is “full,” the only way to change it is to verify a population increase by the U.S. Bureau of Census.


Social Host Law: A social host law generally holds anyone who hosts an underage drinking party either civilly or criminally liable.


Spirits: An alcoholic beverage usually defined as distilled liquor.


Three-Tier System: The three-tier system was established to regulate alcohol sales after Prohibition was repealed in the United States and includes wholesalers, distributors and retailers. The basic structure of the system is that producers can sell their products only to wholesale distributors who then sell to retailers, and only retailers may sell to consumers. Producers include brewers, wine makers, distillers and importers.


21st Amendment: The 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment ending Prohibition in 1933. It is the only amendment to repeal another amendment of the U.S. Constitution.


Additional Resources

Indiana laws that apply to alcohol sales and distribution can be found here.
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