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Glacier Bag To Put Beer On Ice Flouts Indiana Cold Beer Law

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana convenience stores are not legally allowed to sell cold beer, but they continue to try and find clever ways to circumvent the law.

Earlier this year, the state legislature legalized Sunday alcohol sales, but cold beer sales by grocery and convenience stores remains illegal. All retailers except liquor stores must sell beer at room temperature.

The Indianapolis Star reports that some retailers are now selling the Chill Indiana Glacier Bags. Customers can purchase the bags for the suggested retail price of $6.99 each, place their warm beer in the bag, then fill it with ice. Customers are encouraged to reuse the bag on subsequent trips to convenience or grocery stores and because customers can't ice their beer until after the point of sale, state law does not prohibit the activity.

The Chill Indiana Glacier Bags is the latest attempt by the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores Association to combat liquor stores' exclusive right to sell cold carry-out beer.

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