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A federal judge has thrown out a bid to allow grocery stores to sell cold beer in the US state of Indiana, according to reports.

Under the state's current laws, only liquor stores can sell “chilled” beer, while all other outlets must sell it at room temperature. Trade body The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association filed a lawsuit in May last year to challenge the law. 

But in a ruling handed down this week, chief judge Richard Young upheld the current rules, the Associated Press reported. The ruling said that permitting convenience and grocery stores to sell cold beer would mean more alcohol sales in Indiana, making it more difficult for police to enforce state liquor laws.

The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association argued that the restrictions on cold beer sales are discriminatory and don't allow for a fair marketplace, it was reported.  


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