...With the holidays just around the corner...the poor folks who live in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania are STILL after all these years suffering (thanks to their own politicians) with the STATE being in the liquor business! I fail to understand the benefit of this idiocy.
No...you can’t buy a bottle of wine in a supermarket!
No...there are no “private” stores where you can buy a bottle of JD or anything.
This has to go down as THE most ludicrous involvement by a state entity since prohibtion...and I thought we got rid of the stupidity.
Read on and see the sheer idiocy of the PA laws restraining free trade and right of choice by it’s own residents.
Next...New Jersey “blue laws”. I wonder if that nutty stuff is still in vogue?
Pennsylvania is an alcoholic beverage control state. Wine and spirits are to be sold only in the state owned Wine And Spirits shops, where all prices must remain the same throughout the state (county sales tax may cause the price to differ slightly). People under the age of 21 are allowed to enter Wine and Spirits shops, contrary to popular belief - but only if accompanied by a parent or guardian. The operating hours for these stores vary from one location to the next. Monday through Saturday, a store may open as early as 9am and close as late as 10pm. On Sunday, hours vary from 12pm to 5pm, with many stores closed Sundays, as was previously the case for all stores. Searches for store locations, hours and phone numbers are available on the PLCB web site. Wineries are common throughout the commonwealth, and often sell their wines at storefronts in shopping malls, and persons under the age of 25 are permitted to enter these establishments. Wine was available for a short time in supermarket kiosks, but this practice has ended.
Beer may only be purchased from a restaurant, bar, licensed beer store, or distributor. Beer distributors mainly sell cases and kegs of beer, not smaller volumes of beer such as six packs. Six and twelve packs, along with individual bottles such as 40 ounce or 24 ounce beers, are sold at bars, restaurants, and licensed retailers. A license granted to a bar or restaurant permits the licensee to sell up to 192 fluid ounces of beer per purchase. For larger quantities one must go to a beverage distributor which sells beer only by the case or keg. Beverage distributors (which also sell soft drinks) may sell beer and malt liquor, but not wine or hard liquor. People under 21 may enter most beverage distributors without an adult, since most distributors also sell water, soda, ice, and some snack foods. They are subject to the rules of the individual establishment.
The hours of operation of beer distributors is typically similar to that of Wine and Spirits stores and other retail establishments. These hours are only restricted by the state on Sundays, where a special license is required to sell beer, and sales before 11AM are not permitted. Although state law permits late-night beer distributors, local authorities can place additional restrictions, and stores typically close before 10PM.
Some supermarkets, including Wegmans, Giant Eagle, Giant, and Weis, have begun to sell alcohol within restaurants attached to the main supermarket building, but only under very specific conditions (the restaurant must have a defined separation from the rest of the supermarket, a separate cashier, and seating for at least 30 patrons). Supermarket chain ShopRite has begun to attach Wine and Spirits stores to its stores. For a time, Sheetz obtained a liquor license for a restaurant attached to one of its convenience stores in Altoona. After several debates, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled that the store must sell beer to in-house customers as well as take-out. The 17th Street store now again sells beer and allows limited in store consumption.
Can you imagine a state Supreme Court WASTING its valuable time on such rubbish!!!