Dan McQuade reviews Governor Tom Corbett’s latest proposal to privatize the Pennsylvania liquor system.
- Beer can be sold at grocery and drug stores.
- Beer distributors could buy a license to sell wine and liquor.
- The state stores go away
- Selection should improve
- It creates six new categories of licenses
- It continues pointless limits on alcohol purchases at one time
- It does little to address the negative effects of alcohol
Read the rest of McQuade’s column on the Philly Post. For another look at the privatization effort, check out Lew Bryson’s Why the PLCB Should Be Abolished.
Pros and Cons of of Governor Corbett’s LCB Privatization Plan [Philly Post]
The Inky has a pro-reform editorial on the challenge to the six-pack law. [Inquirer] Which beer genius Lew Bryson breaks down for you here. [Seen Through a Glass]
No more spending those welfare benefits at the beer distributor! [kyw1060.com]
Dan Gross has the scoop on visiting celebrities and where they’re dining while in town. Which seems to only be the Continental. Also Parker Posey feeds her dog gum and Stephen Starr loves the Circus. Ahem, the Cirque. [Phillygossip]
Someday, we hope to achieve this sort of legendary status at a bar. If it takes us 93 years to do it, then so be it. [NY Times]
Pennsylvania liquor laws are required, probably by some other draconian Pennsylvania laws, to make your brain hurt. It’s like the government wants to punish you with a hangover before you even get to the store to buy the stuff.
Beer writer Lew Bryson breaks down the latest round of haggling in Harrisburg in a post on his blog Seen Through a Glass:
The case law may be in its last months, if your legislator votes for the right bill in the next few weeks. House Bill 606 is making its way to the PA House for a vote, very soon. It’s a standard bill about liquor code enforcement, very technical, but an amendment is being attached to it that changes the case law. The changes:
* Before January 1, 2009: Restaurant, deli or tavern may sell one 6-pack, two six-packs, a 12-pack or 3-six packs. A beer distributor may sell any number of six-packs, cases or kegs.
* After January 1, 2009: Restaurant, deli or tavern may sell any configuration up to 18 cans or bottles totaling 288 ounces. Beer distributors may sell any configuration of a 6 pack or greater.
Translation: If this bill passes, you will be able to buy six packs at distributors. Further translation: Pennsylvania slowly tiptoes away from Prohibition and towards the millenial light.
Lew recommends contacting your local legislator to show your support for the amendment. We also recommend prayer, finger-crossing and building a beer cellar in hopeful anticipation.
Pennsylvanians: Stand Up For Six-Packs [Seen Through a Glass]
Pennsylvania General Assembly [Official Site]