Monday, June 12, 2017

Indiana Libertarians hold drink-in against beer law

Hoosier hoist a cold one for liberty | News | - Scott L. Miley, Terre Haute Tribune Star:

"John Boroughs drank a Budweiser tall boy to toast what he believes is his right to buy a cold beer on Sunday. He was joined by about 60 others in a standing-room-only crowd inside ... a Ricker’s convenience store in Columbus.....

"His beer came from a cooler inside the store where employees check IDs and serve from a refrigerated shelf behind the counter. He sat in one of 28 seats at the store which had been refitted to obtain a restaurant license.

"Like-minded Libertarians from Jackson and Bartholomew counties participated in a Drink In for Liberty in support of reforming Indiana’s alcohol laws.

"Jay and Nancy Ricker, co-founders of the Anderson-based chain, were on hand. 'We’re the only state in the nation that has a warm beer and cold beer law. I don’t think people understand how unique, in a bad way, Indiana is in that respect,' Nancy Ricker said....

"Although Steven Buffington doesn’t drink alcohol, he was at Ricker’s as vice chair of the Jackson County Libertarian party. 'It’s all about principle for me. We should be able buy where we want to, when we want to, how we want to. If the state is going to try to push markets on us and force to buy from specific places, I don’t think that’s reasonable or fair,' Buffington said....

"'What I don’t like is the government making decisions on who can sell things,' said customer Brent Land. 'The only reasons for not allowing other high-volume retailers to sell it cold is the package liquor lobby ... When the government supports that, is the government trying to prop up a dying business model?'...

"About 71 percent of Hoosiers favor allowing all state-licensed retailers the right to sell cold beer, according to a survey released last week by the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association which supports Ricker’s efforts.

"The survey of 600 registered voters also showed that 65 percent supported Sunday carryout sales and that 64 percent favored a repeal of the restriction on liquor.

"However, 67 percent opposed allowing minors into liquor stores and 59 percent opposed restricting the sale of spirits to only liquor stores."

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