Rejoice, Pennsylvanians: You can now have a 12-pack of beer delivered with your pizza.
The Morning Call explains that “under a ruling made Friday by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, food retailers will be allowed to deliver as much as a 12-pack of 16-ounce beers, or 192 ounces. Wine and liquor still aren’t allowed for home delivery.”
“The change is a good idea. We’d like to deliver beer, and I’m sure many other businesses would, too,” said Chris Riding, owner of Mandy’s Pizza, which opened seven months ago and got a liquor license two months ago.
Allowing beer delivery will increase sales vastly at restaurants that specialize in home delivery, said Amy Christie, executive director of the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association.
The Inquirer adds: “This being Pennsylvania, which has some of the strictest alcohol regulations in the country, there are catches. For instance, customers ordering beer must pay by credit card over the phone, rather than handing cash to the delivery person.”
UPDATE: Our colleagues at Foobooz have some background on the story. Turns out the rule change has its roots in the return of Hawthornes.
Dribs and drabs of a recent PLCB decision to allow licensed restaurants to also have a Transporter-for-hire (delivery) license have been popping up. Turns out that decision was reached because of petitioning from Hawthornes owners, Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico. You can read the whole opinion rendered here.