Indiana Stores Resort to Cooler Bags To Serve Cold Beer

 Image courtesy of   The Journal Gazette

Image courtesy of The Journal Gazette

Indiana gas stations and convenience stores have long suffered a fate that their counterparts in surrounding states have never had to endure: They are forced to sell warm beer to customers. R Street's Jarrett Dieterle has written about Indiana's warm beer law and DrinksReform.org has documented the recent failed attempts to repeal it. According to The Journal Gazette, Indiana stores are now resorting to ever-more-creative measures to provide their customers with something as simple as chilled beer:

Convenience stores throughout Indiana are taking a new tack in the quest to be able to sell cold beer – a reusable bag that will chill beer and other beverages in just 15 minutes...

Convenience stores have long fought for the ability to sell carryout cold beer but lawmakers continue to side with liquor stores, who have that exclusive right. Indiana is the only state that regulates the sale of beer based on temperature...

A news release said with the reusable Chill Indiana glacier bag, the customer makes a one-time purchase of a bag and then is allowed free access to ice from the store’s fountain machine on subsequent purchases. An ice-filled bag will take a bottle or can from room temperature to an acceptable consumable temperature in just 15 minutes, and it keeps that beverage cold for hours...

More here. Despite this creative stop-gap solution, Indiana store owners are still hoping to repeal the warm beer law someday.