In Indiana, Sunday Sales Gain Traction but the Beer Stays Warm


Indiana has two of the most notorious alcohol laws on the books: a broad prohibition against Sunday carryout sales and a rule preventing convenience stores and gas stations from selling chilled beer. Despite polls indicating that Indiana residents are strongly in favor of Sunday sales and cold beer, reform efforts to change these laws have thus far failed. According to the IndyStar, a new alliance may open up Sunday sales but still leave Hoosier State residents stuck with warm brews:

"Liquor stores and the trade group representing big-box grocers say they have forged an alliance that could lead to them selling alcohol in Indiana on Sundays for the first time since Prohibition.

But the unlikely accord between the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers and the Indiana Retail Council opposes the expansion of cold beer sales and has drawn the ire of another key interest group: convenience stores, which have been fighting for years to win state approval to sell cold beer.

While the once-warring parties to the agreement hailed it as a landmark alliance to forcefully push for Sunday sales, convenience store owners blasted it as a back-room deal too narrow to merit consideration by the state legislature.

“They are cutting a deal which greatly benefits themselves, at the expense of Hoosiers who have identified the cold beer prohibition as the No. 1 alcohol reform needed in the state,” said Scot Imus, executive director of the Indiana Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association..."

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