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Reusable Glacier Bag for beer helps convenience stores

INDIANAPOLIS – 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, called the Glacier Bag

"The reusable Glacier Bag are a revolutionary take on traditional coolers because they allow customers access to readily available ice," said Scot Imus, Executive Director of the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores Association.

"If customers want to buy cold beverages, such as water or soda, the bags will keep that beverage cold. Conversely, if the customer buys a product that stores are forced to sell warm, such as beer, the product will be cold by the time that customer reaches their destination."

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.

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Glacier Bags keep it cold, get around Indiana cold beer ban

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (WAVE) - Indiana convenience stores are not allowed to sell cold beer, so they have come up with a loophole.

It's called the Glacier Bag a reusable bag that will chill beer and other beverages in just 15 minutes.

Warm beer goes in the Glacier Bag, which is then filled with ice from the soda machine. The bag promises to cool your beer in 15 minutes and keep it cold for hours.

Customers who buy the bag get free ice from the store's ice machine on subsequent purchases.To see the list of stores selling the Chill Indiana Glacier Bags, click here.

The announcement was made before Memorial Day weekend, and was the latest attempt by the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores Association to combat liquor stores' exclusive right to sell cold carry-out beer in Indiana.

Glacier Bag - Sneaky Way To Get Around Indiana's Beer Laws


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Plenty of place have puritanical laws governing where, when, and how you can buy alcohol. New Yorkers can buy beer in the grocery store, but not a bottle of wine. Utah won’t let you buy anything above 4.0% alcohol by volume outside of as state-controlled store. And perhaps strangest of all, Indiana gas stations and convenience stores can only sell beer at room temperature.

Thanks to an ingenious new product, however, the Hoosier state’s gas stations may have found a workaround for those who want to crack open an actual cold one. Meet the Glacier Bag , a reusable cooler bag with a suggested retail price of $6.99 that promises to turn your beer from warm to cold in about fifteen minutes. Customers who bring theirs to participating gas station can fill their Glacier Bag up with ice for free, avoiding bulky styrofoam containers and liquor store prices in the process.



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Indiana Retailers Embrace the Cold-Beer Alternative

INDIANAPOLIS -- Forget loopholes, the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (IPCA) is recommending its members market an alternative to selling cold beer—at least until they can do so legally.

Chill Indiana, a coalition of small businessmen and women in Indiana supported by the IPCA, is bringing the Glacier Bag to Indiana retailers.

The reusable bags are "a revolutionary take on traditional coolers because they allow customers access to readily available ice,” said Scot Imus, executive director of the IPCA, Indianapolis. “If customers want to buy cold beverages, such as water or soda, the bags will keep that beverage cold. Conversely, if the customer buys a product that stores are forced to sell warm, such as beer, the product will be cold by the time that customer reaches their destination.”

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(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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