Pennsylvania 6-pack battle resumes

February 17th, 2010 | Posted by Real Beer

State Sen. John Rafferty, R-Montgomery, joined by the Pennsylvania Convenience Store Council and the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, has backed a new bill that they said would “make sweeping and historic changes to the way beer is sold in Pennsylvania.”

  • It would allow a six-pack, a 12-pack or a case of beer to be sold, for the first time, at convenience stores and groceries. Currently, most beer is sold by state-licensed beer distributors, and only by the case or keg; under the new bill, they also would be able to sell one or two six-packs.
  • It would strengthen efforts to make sure beer isn’t sold to underage youths. It would require “carding,” or the showing of valid ID, by everyone buying beer, regardless of how old they look. The system would use “electronic age-verification machines to ensure that minors are not buying alcohol illegally.”
  • Many taverns and restaurants in the state do have “R” licenses allowing them to sell one or two six-packs at a time. Also, a few large supermarkets — which have created sit-down restaurants inside their stores where beer is served for patrons’ consumption on site — can now sell a six-pack or two for takeout.

    The measure is destined to meet strong opposition. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has the details.

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    One Response to “Pennsylvania 6-pack battle resumes”

    1. Matt Beers Says:

      Im all for this, im tired of have to going to another store just for beer. Pa is half assed backwards on so many things hope this bill goes through!!