Cold beer is illegal in Indiana unless you’re a liquor store, but a lawsuit by the members of the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association are asking to be treated fairly.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, beer drinkers may be happy about the lawsuit to make cold beer no longer illegal in Indiana, but they’re probably not happy that cheap beer is getting expensive due to the interest of hipsters.
While in general cold beer has been illegal in Indiana for about 50 years, the caveat is that the law governs the temperature at which beer can be sold among different classes of retailers. Currently, Indiana is the only state that regulates cold beers, and these laws are claimed to unfairly benefit liquor stores, which were allowed to sell cold beers in 1963.
The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association argues that Indiana’s laws making cold beer illegal is arbitrary and discriminates against grocery and convenience stores. Scot Imus, the association’s executive director, explains the irrational basis for the cold beer laws in Indiana:
“In reviewing the history, it became more and more clear to us there really was not a rational basis for the current law. The fact the law says pharmacies, convenience stores and grocery stores are capable enough to sell the product warm, then it gets rather arbitrary about what temperature it can be sold at. When you change the temperature, it doesn’t change the alcohol content.”
What do you think about cold beer being illegal in Indiana?