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Indiana law prohibiting sale of cold beer at convenience, grocery stores stays

A federal judge rejected a challenge Monday, June 16, to an Indiana law that prohibits convenience and grocery stores from selling cold beer.

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Want to get an alcoholic beverage from the local convenience store? You’ll still have to take it home and wait for it to get cold before you can drink it.

Federal judge Richard L. Young rejected a challenge Monday, June 16, to an Indiana law that prohibits the convenience stores and grocery stores from selling cold beer, the Associated Press reported.

The Indiana Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association said it’s not fair. The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that the organization filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court in 2013 against the state over the law, saying that Indiana regulations have changed “in an irrational and discriminatory manner that favors one class of retail over another.”

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So where can you get cold beer (other than restaurants, bars and breweries)? Try the liquor store.

The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers is OK with that. Convenience stores and grocery stores don’t have to jump through as many hoops as liquor stores do. Liquor stores have age restrictions and have to hire clerks with state liquor licenses, according to the Indianapolis Business Journal. Package liquor stores were only allowed to sell cold beers since 1963, as reported by The Indianapolis Star.

The only reason you can get a growler at Iechyd Da Brewing Company in Elkhart on Sundays is because of a state law that was enacted in 2010. The General Assembly only allowed craft artisan distilleries to sell locally made hard liquors on site last year, The Indianapolis Star reported. The law only allowed the wholesale of hard alcohol before.

Visit The Indianapolis Star for more highlights from the state’s legislative history with alcohol.


Do you think convenience and grocery stores should be allowed to sell cold beer, and why? Should the state of Indiana be more lenient or strict with the sale of alcoholic beverages?

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