How far away are you from beer on a Sunday in Indiana?

Answer:  At most 50 miles.

Inspired by GIS blogger Darren Cope’s analysis of Tim Horton’s locations in Canada I decided to figure out how far you are at any given time from a microbrewery in Indiana.   Instead of Canadian coffee and donuts I mapped brewery locations.  I pulled the Brewer’s Guild of Indiana’s membership list (and took out Bee Creek, I’m pretty sure they’re closed).  This is a vital map because Indiana’s blue laws prohibit alcohol sales on Sundays except at microbreweries and vineyards.   Two things I don’t like on Sundays, wine and crossing state boundaries so this was a vital project for me.  I found that I really don’t want to be in northeast Dubois County on a Sunday. Seriously, 50 miles.  Dang.  At least people in Vincennes and Terre Haute can jump over to Illinois for a 6 pack.

Distances to Indiana breweries

I followed Cope’s steps except to get the lat / long for the breweries I had to geocode them against the TIGER street centerlines and instead of using GRASS directly I used QGIS’s GRASS plugin.  This article was a big help on getting a GRASS workspace set up to create the raster.

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  1. November 23rd, 2012

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