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Judge Hears Challenge To Ind. Cold Beer Law

Posted On February 24, 2014

beer-cases-cooler-alcohol.jpg(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Cold beer was a hot topic in an Indianapolis courtroom Friday.

The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association filed a federal lawsuit last May to fight the state’s law banning cold beer sales by gas stations, grocers, and drug stores. Currently, only liquor stores, bars, and restaurants are permitted to sell an ice-cold beer for carryout.

The convenience store association says Indiana is the only state restricting cold beer sales. The association argues that while other states have updated their alcohol laws, Indiana’s law was passed 80 years ago, before the idea of grocery and convenience stores came about.

“Now is the time for common sense to be applied to Indiana’s alcohol laws, which are irrational, discriminatory, and outdated,” said Executive Director Scot Imus, adding that groceries have a twice-better record than liquor stores in complying with state law to not sell to people younger than 21.

In U.S. District Court in Indianapolis on Friday, the association’s attorney argued that the Indiana cold beer law is too vague and is irrational. Convenience stores, attorney John Maley said, are permitted to sell chilled wine and wine coolers with a higher alcohol content than beer.

A ruling was not issued Friday by judge Richard L. Young.

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