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Senate committee says no to cold beer

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–Hoosiers should expect to wait just a little longer before they can purchase cold beer outside of liquor stores. The Senate Public Policy Committee voted 9-1 against Senate Bill 26, which would have permitted retailers to sell cold beer. Under current Indiana state law, convenience stores can sell warm beer but […]

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Support for cold beer sales falls short

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Alcohol Code Revision Commission voted 8-7 in favor of cold beer sales on Friday, but that wasn’t good enough. The committee, which has been reviewing the state’s alcohol laws since late summer, needed a majority of the 17 members or nine votes. Because two members were absent the […]

Commentary: My cold beer conspiracy


Commentary: My cold beer conspiracy

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Growing up as a kid on the south side of Chicago, you got a pretty good education when it comes to the street hustle, notably if you ever played the old shell game. That’s the game where you place a ball under one of three cups, move the cups around, and […]

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Small business owners say alcohol law reforms needed

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Many small business owners who sell alcohol say they struggle to interpret and operate under Indiana’s current alcohol laws. Doug Pendleton, who owns the Grapevine Cottage in Fishers and Zionsville, operates a gourmet food and wine shop. He said that he faces opposition from package liquor store owners who […]

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Ricker: ‘Targeted’ by legislative compromise on cold-beer sales

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers have come to a conclusion on the proposed “cold-beer sales” bill, but not everyone is relieved to see the finish line. “It looks very targeted to us when you look at all the exceptions,” said Jay Ricker, owner of Ricker’s convenience stores. House Bill 1496, authored by Ben […]

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Cold-beer bills see varied results in House and Senate

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The two versions of legislation regarding cold-beer sales saw mixed results in the House and Senate Thursday. Both the Senate and the House were scheduled to heard bills originally intended to allow a minor on the grounds of a winery if a parent or guardian is present. Those bills […]

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Ricker’s cold beer sales sends lawmakers scurrying

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some Hoosiers may be happy to see a convenience store selling cold beer, but lawmakers are scrambling to fix that just days before the committee deadline. Under Indiana state law, convenience stores can sell warm beer but selling the beverage cold has long been left to the liquor stores. […]

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Convenience stores to appeal cold beer rulings

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Convenience store owners announced Tuesday they will appeal state and federal court rulings that upheld a state law limiting cold beer sales to liquor stores. “Hoosiers are tired of paying the surcharges that apply to cold beer and are sick of having limited choices of where to buy cold […]