Court to Hear Cold Beer Case
February 19th — A trial is set to begin Thursday, February 20th in U.S. District Court regarding Indiana’s laws on the sale of cold beer. The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (IPCA) says that banning convenience stores from selling cold beer is unfair and outdated. Under current law, convenience, grocery and pharmacy stores are only permitted to sell beer at room temperature. IPCA and its members’ filed a complaint in May 2013 that claims Indiana’s alcohol law violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution because their competitors in the carryout market are allowed to sell beer cold. IPCA says that convenience stores have a better compliance record with Indiana’s alcohol laws.
“Now is the time for common sense to be applied to Indiana’s alcohol laws, which are irrational, discriminatory and outdated,” said IPCA Executive Director Scot Imus. “We look forward to presenting our case in court as it is not the job of government to pick winners and losers in the marketplace.”
Chief Judge Richard L. Young of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will preside over the trial in Indianapolis which is scheduled to last two days. The judge will take the matter under advisement and issue a ruling at a later date.