Indiana Residents Support Cold Beer and Sunday Sales


In addition to basketball, Indiana is famous for its, er, unique alcohol laws. Not only does Indiana's "warm beer law" forbid convenience stores and gas stations from selling chilled beer, but the Hoosier State also has one of the most stringent blue laws in the country (forbidding all sales of carryout alcohol on Sundays). Unsurprisingly, these laws hurt consumers in the state and remain deeply unpopular, according to the Indy Star:

"Solid majorities of Hoosiers support expanding both cold beer and Sunday alcohol sales, according to a new poll.

Some 61 percent of Hoosiers favor expanding cold beer sales and 58 percent favor Sunday carryout sales, according to the Old National Bank/Ball State University 2017 Hoosier Survey. 

The poll of 600 Hoosiers, conducted in early October, found the margin of support for expanding alcohol sales widened from 2014, when similar questions were asked. For cold beer, support was 30 percentage points greater than opposition; for Sunday sales, it was 28 points higher...

The results, provided to IndyStar, come as a legislative commission is considering whether to recommend changes to Indiana’s alcohol laws. Currently, the sale of cold beer for carryout is limited mostly to package liquor stores. Sunday alcohol sales for carryout are prohibited outside breweries, wineries and distilleries.

The question is whether public opinion carries more weight than powerful interests, led by the state’s liquor store industry, which has successfully lobbied the Indiana General Assembly to block cold beer expansion and thwart wider Sunday alcohol sales..."

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