US appeals court upholds Indiana alcohol distribution law

A federal appeals court is upholding the Indiana law that keeps beer and liquor distribution separate.

The ruling affirms a previous decision on Indiana’s beer and liquor separation policy. It had been challenged by beer wholesaler Monarch Beverage, who claimed the law violates the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.

Monarch argued it discriminates against beer wholesalers.

The Wine & Spirits Distributors of Indiana and the Indiana Beverage Alliance says the ruling is “a win in the fight against monopolies in the alcoholic beverage industry.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.