Sale of Cold Beer Only at Liquor Stores Unconstitutional?

Published 06/18 2014 01:27PM

Updated 06/18 2014 02:43PM

The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers took an Indiana law to court saying that allowing the sale of cold beer only at liquor stores is unconstitutional.

Now a federal judge made his decision this week on whether or not this law will change.  WFFT's Tara Petitt has more on the court's ruling.

A ruling was made regarding the cold beer lawsuit which challenged Indiana's law that prohibits the sale of cold beer anywhere other than liquor stores.

Federal Judge, Richard Young ruled that the current law will not change.  In his ruling, young wrote, "The State has a legitimate interest in limiting the sale of alcohol and more to the point, a legitimate interest in curbing the sale of immediately consumable beer to minors."

An Indiana resident says, "I think the law should be changed.  A lot of law around here I think are pretty archaic and getting old.  It's time for something new and beer in a gas station, I don't see why not."

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW is a legal expert and says, "The argument is well, if we could buy cold beer there, we might be tempted to open up one of those on the way home after buying our food, which of course is sort of a silly argument because we could do the same thing when we buy it in a liquor store."

Another Indiana residents states his opinion, "hard liquor, I don't like it cold but I also don't buy it and then drink it right in my car.  I think it ultimately comes down to personal responsibility."

"I don't think it's a bad idea that you're limited in your capacity to get a cold beer."

Adams Pugh is the Assistant Manager at S&Amp V Liquors in Fort Wayne and says, "not being able to get one on a whim at say a gas station or a convenience store, does actually reduce drinking and driving."

Plaintiffs in this case testified that more than 80% of it's 1,500 member stores would sell cold beer immediately if this case turned in their favor.

"Grocery stores, convenience stores, what they see is a product they're not able to provide their customers that they know their customers want."

The plaintiffs now have 30 days to notify the court of an appeal.

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