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Chill Indiana Glacier Bags Now Sold at Love's Travel Shops!


About Love's

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores (commonly referred to as Love's) is a North American family-owned chain of more than 450 truck stop and convenience stores in 41 states. The company is privately owned and headquartered in The Village, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City. Love's ranked No. 18 on the 2017 Forbes list of America's largest private companies.

We're more than happy to announce that our very own Glacier Bags are now being sold at all Love's locations! As you already know, our Glacier Bags will turn any bottled or canned beverage to ice cold in just 15 minutes, so by the time you reach your destination, you're beverage will be icy cold and ideal for consuming!

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The newest article surrounding the great success of the Chill Indiana Glacier Bags comes to us from the The Times Media Co. who are the news and information leader in Northwest Indiana and it reads:

Necessity is the mother of invention, and sometimes that necessity is a state law opposed by 70 percent of residents.

Indiana convenience stores are rolling out "Chill Indiana Glacier Bags," or reusable plastic bags people can put beer into and then fill with ice from the fountain machine in order to cool the beer in about 15 minutes, keeping it cold for hours if not consumed or transferred to a refrigerator by then.

More than 160 retailers across the state are now selling the bags, which are made in California and have a suggested retail price of $6.99. No Region convenience stores are yet listed as carrying the beer-chilling bags, but promoters encourage customers to ask stores to stock the product.

“If customers want to buy cold beverages, such as water or soda, the bags will keep that beverage cold," said Scot Imus, executive director of the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores Association. "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.”

It's the latest volley in the ongoing conflict in the statehouse between the liquor store lobby and the convenience store lobby over cold beer sales, which are only allowed at liquor stores under current state law.

Liquor store operators long have argued it should only be allowed in their stores because they have to pay more for licenses and their clerks get more training in how to prevent sales to underage minors. Convenience stores have contended that consumers should be allowed more choice, and that the policy gives liquor stores an unfair competitive advantage over them and grocery stores.

“This should not be viewed as a solution to our cold beer fight, as that battle continues," Imus said. "There remains no public policy reason to allow liquor stores to sell cold beer but deny that right to grocery and convenience stores. This innovative approach does not run afoul of the cold beer prohibition because the customer will be chilling the beer after the point of purchase."

For more information or to see which stores currently carry the Chill Indiana Glacier Bag, click here.

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At long last, Indiana has Sunday alcohol sales. But getting your hands on cold beer from a store can still be a challenge.

Indiana gas stations and convenience stores have been battling lawmakers for the right to sell cold beer longer than the Cleveland Cavilers and the Golden State Warriors having been battling over the NBA title.

Here's how well Chill Indiana Glacier Bags actually work


At long last, Indiana has Sunday alcohol sales. But getting your hands on cold beer from a store can still be a challenge.

Indiana gas stations and convenience stores have been battling lawmakers for the right to sell cold beer longer than the Cleveland Cavilers and the Golden State Warriors having been battling over the NBA title.

But so far it's been a losing effort, making cold beer an exclusive offering of the state's package liquor stores. Even the historic Sunday sales legislation came to be saddled with an agreement that cold beer sales wouldn't expand.

Instead of giving up, the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association are fighting back and raising awareness about the law with a loophole that doubles as a beer caddy.

Reusable "Chill Indiana bags" are now being sold in stores. The idea is that for $6.99, you can buy a bag and get access to unlimited ice from any participating location. So buy your beer, put it in the bag with some ice and head for the door.

The claim is that an ice-filled "Chill Indiana" bag takes bottles or cans from "room temperature to an acceptable consumable temperature in just 15 minutes, and it keeps that beverage cold for hours."

Sounds great! But how cold is that exactly? And how much brew can it hold? Time for a little lab work.


Chill it up

For our first test, we used one room-temperature, 12 oz. can of Pabst Blue Ribbon. We then put the can in the ice-filled "Chill Indiana" bag to see exactly how cold it got in 15 minutes.

We also put the "Chill Indiana" bag up against a traditional cooler, a regular freezer bag and a freezer. Here are the temperatures we ended up with, from coldest to warmest:

  • Freezer bag: 39.9 degrees
  • "Chill Indiana" bag: 43.4 degrees
  • Cooler: 60.9 degrees
  • Freezer: 63.5 degrees

So essentially, the "Chill Indiana" bag served its purpose quite nicely. While not the coldest, that PBR went from warm and gross, to refreshing and still gross! It is PBR, after all.

The ice also didn't melt at all. We kept the ice in the bag for about an hour, and not so much as a puddle began to form. The freezer bag, however, was a mess and had plenty of water in it after just 15 minutes of sitting on the counter.

That water brought the temp lower quicker, but long-term, it's not a great solution.

Oh, and clearly the IndyStar freezer is trash. Hey management, what gives?

Fill it up

This one was a simple capacity test to see exactly how many brews you can haul in a "Chill Indiana" bag.

Now, the manufacturers recommend sticking to a six-pack, but who needs limits? Here's what we got when we filled it to the gills:

  • 13 12 oz. cans
  • 9 12 oz. bottles
  • 9 16 oz. cans

In each scenario, there is some room for ice, but not much. But with that kind of capacity, it could be a sleek way to transfer beers that are already frosty.

Cheers.

Verdict

Overall, the Glacier Bag worked! It can fit plenty of beer, gets it cold faster than a freezer or a cooler and doesn't make a mess.

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