INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) An organization representing gas station and convenience store owners has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court alleging the State of Indiana's law regarding the sale of cold beer is "irrational and discriminatory".
The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (IPCA) and three of its members claim Indiana law violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution by restricting convenience, grocery and pharmacy stores to selling beer only at room temperature. Package liquor stores can sell cold beer and room temperature beer.
"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 IPCA Executive Director Scot Imus. "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."
The IPCA has lobbied state lawmakers to change the law and another one that prohibits Sunday sales without much success.
The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers (IABR), which represents liquor store owners opposes those changes to the law. NewsChannel 15 has contacted IABR for a statement regarding this latest effort by the IPCA.
According to the IPCA, Indiana is the only state in the country that regulates beer sales based on temperature. The current law doesn't apply to wine.
The three IPCA members that are included in the complaint are Ricker's, Thorntons and Freedom Express.
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