Directives on Pennsylvania Liquor Laws Are as Unclear as a Dirty Shot Glass in a Western Movie Saloon

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Pennsylvania's liquor laws can be vexing for customers.
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Pennsylvania's liquor laws can be vexing for customers.

If you are looking to buy beer, wine, or liquor, Pennsylvania’s frustrating and restrictive liquor laws do not make it easy, writes Nick Vadala for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

This confusion over what beverages are sold where has existed since 1933, when then-Governor Gifford Pinchot established Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and the state liquor store system.

Liquor laws have relaxed somewhat recently, however, making alcohol purchases a bit more convenient. But not altogether clear.

Beer and other malt beverages are the easiest to buy. Beer distributors, bottle shops, bars, grocery stores, and breweries sell them. The license each of these establishments determines how much they can sell.

State Stores are no longer the sole vendors of wine. All sites that sell beer can now also offer vino, if they have the appropriate permit.

Liquor options are more limited. State Stores and Pennsylvania distilleries both sell liquor on-premises and can ship it to your home. Meanwhile cocktails-to-go, which were legal during the pandemic, are once again banned.

Read more about Pennsylvania’s less-than-customer-friendly liquor laws in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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