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Convenience Store Lobby Will Continue Cold Beer Push

Michael Newman

At least one lobbying group remains hot that the beer its members can sell can’t be cold.

The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association Tuesday announced it would continue to seek changes to the state‘s alcohol laws.

The group has filed an appeal in federal court and a lawsuit in state court that claims Indiana alcohol laws violates the 14th Amendment equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution by restricting convenience, grocery and pharmacy stores to selling beer only at room temperature.   

Association Executive Director Scot Imus says it’s illogical for the state to continue relying on laws drawn up during the Prohibition Era.

"It's very discouraging that most of our laws come out of the early 1930s," Imus says. "I mean, the world has changed greatly since then and our alcohol code needs to change accordingly."

Under current law, convenience, grocery and pharmacy stores are only allowed to sell beer warm, while their competitors in the carryout market are allowed to sell it from refrigerated cases.