Battle over cold beer sales heads to federal court

A selection of craft beer including Indiana's Three Floyds Brewery's Arctic Panzer Wolf, Alpha Clause and  Rye da Tiger are shown on the shelves of Elite Beverages in Indianapolis, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
A selection of craft beer including Indiana's Three Floyds Brewery's Arctic Panzer Wolf, Alpha Clause and Rye da Tiger are shown on the shelves of Elite Beverages in Indianapolis, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A trade group is taking its case against the state’s ban on cold beer sales by Indiana’s convenience stores to federal court.

The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association maintains in its lawsuit against the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission that the law violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. That’s because liquor stores are allowed to sell cold beer, while convenience, grocery and drug stores must sell beer at room temperature.

The state maintains in court documents that it has done nothing unconstitutional.

A two-day trial in the case is scheduled to begin Thursday afternoon in federal court in Indianapolis

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