Liquor Bill Means Changes

Bill H.B. 242 will allow Pennsylvania distillers to sell their product on site and in two satellite locations has passed the state senate and is expected to be signed into law by Governor Corbett. With the law going on the books, look for Philadelphia Distilling’s Robert Cassell to open “a more tourist-friendly facility near Center City.” [Philly Post]

Also in Bill H.B. 242, brunch can start earlier as restaurants, hotels and country clubs will be allowed to serve alcohol on Sundays at 9 a.m., as long as it is served  with a meal.

The third piece of good news in the bill is that beer distributors will now be allowed to sell beer from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. More than double the current noon to 5 p.m. hours.

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  • palvar

    The legislature regulates brunch?!?! I thought the happy-hour regulations were crazy.

  • Mike

    They regulate the hours when you can sell alcohol.

    These are all improvements. It would still be nice to crush the distributors association and allow six packs and single bottles to be sold more freely.

  • eldondre

    two locations? center city philly, downtown pittsburgh near market sq

  • Foodie supreme

    They should get rid of the entire archaic system and do away with state run liquor stores. It feel like shopping in a communist country.

  • Robert Cassell

    @Palvar: Liquor laws like tha exist in every market, 50 states= 50 different sets of querky laws. These ammendments to my original distillery bill were added on as a way to make forward progress on some of the “dated” parts of the code. Feel free to check out the 9 Senators and 29 Representatives that voted NO on this…..and ask them “why?” next time you vote.
    @Mike: Baby steps….I’m sure they will get there eventually!
    @Eldondre: This is the same benefit the wineries in PA currently have, we have not pinpointed exact locations yet

    I’ve been pushing for this bill since 2006, happy to field anyone’s questions on it at anytime. In the mean time, there are a number of Senators and Representatives that are making progress toward the modernization of the liq code in PA. If this matters to you, remember them and vote for them in the future.