Federal Judge Rules Against Cold Beer In Grocery Stores
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – After a federal judge rules, you still won’t be able to buy cold beer from a grocery or convenience store in Indiana.
Current state law only allows liquor stores to sell cold ones, while other stores – such as Kroger, Walmart and convenience stores – must sell beer at room temperature. Indiana is the only U.S. state that allows zero cold beer sales in convenience stores.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young ruled Monday to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to allow any retail outlet with a beer dealer permit to sell its beer cold. The lawsuit had been filed last year by the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, which called the law “irrational, discriminatory and outdated.”
In his ruling, Young wrote that expanding the sale of cold beer beyond liquor stores, taverns, and restaurants would make the state’s laws surrounding alcoholic beverages tougher to enforce and would allow more opportunities for minors to purchase beer.
IPCA has 30 days to appeal Young’s ruling. Scot Imus, IPCA Director, said the organization will also continue to lobby for having the law changed through the state legislature.