INDIANAPOLIS – If you like your beer cold, this lawsuit is for you.
The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association filed suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court, alleging that Indiana’s law banning most cold-beer sales is an equal protection violation.
“This lawsuit is about fairness, convenience, and promoting competition for the sale of cold beer in a rational and responsible way so that my members can serve their customers,” said Scot Imus, executive director of the association.
“We are confident that the court will agree with us that it is not the job of government to pick winners and losers in the marketplace.”
Current law allows only liquor stores to sell cold beer – and not on Sundays.
Grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies have been pushing for Sunday sales of alcohol and cold beer for years. But the Indiana legislature has not budged, siding with liquor-store owners.
Gregory Cobb, who owns three convenience stores in Kosciusko and Marshall counties, said at a news conference that the law is confusing to customers who can purchase cold wine from his stores -- but not beer -- even though wine sometimes contains double the amount of alcohol.
“Some common sense needs to be applied to Indiana’s alcohol laws, so that Hoosier business owners like myself may provide products, including beer, without ridiculous temperature restrictions to their customers,” he said.