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Mini-Marts Won't Be Allowed To Sell "Chilled" Beer

Indiana is the only state in the U.S. that regulates the sale of beer based on temperature and it will stay like that for the foreseeable future.

Members of the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association filed a complaint last year in U.S. District Court saying that the law violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution allowing liquor stores to sell “chilled” beer but not other retailers.

Chief Judge Richard Young said allowing convenience and grocery stores to sell cold beer would mean more alcohol sales in Indiana, making it harder for Indiana State Excise Police to enforce state liquor laws.

The ruling also said that the legislature has drawn a line on what it will allow and has made a case for it, so it is not for the judge to act as a super-legislature and overturn it.