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ALCOHOL LAW CHANGES COME TO PENNSYLVANIA

Effective August 8, 2016, Act. 39 amendments to the Pennsylvania Liquor Code signed into law by Governor Wolk become effective. The Act is aimed at increasing the availability and promotion of Pennsylvania alcohol products. The Pennslyvania Liquor Control Board has issued a SUMMARY of information relevant to Licensees. The act is aimed at creating parity between its categories of manufacturers.

Of particular interest, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has created a new direct wine shipper license (DWS) wherein a wine manufacturer may ship up to 36 cases of wine to Pennsylvania residents within a calendar year for personal use regardless whether produced in Pennsylvania, another state, or country. All wine however must be transported via a Pennsylvania licensed transporter-for-hire.

The big news of course it that those entities holding a restaurant or hotel license, the new law allows for the sale of wine up to three liters per single transaction, a matter of interest to the growing number of grocery stores.

Act 39 expands the availability of special exposition permits for Pennsylvania ciders, breweries, and distilleries which where historically only available to Pennsylvania Limited Wineries.

For more on this new change in law click here: Summary of Changes In Alcohol Law in PA.

MODERNIZATION AT THE PENNSYLVANIA LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD

Modernization has finally come to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board as it unfolds its new Online Licensing Platform. The new platform is expected to permit its business partners and applicants to operate in a secure environment over the internet. For more on this new venture: click here.

Pennsylvania Regulators Make Way For Beer Home Delivery

While most beer buyers have to purchase beer by the case or keg from a distributor, new changes are underway with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board that make way for less restrictive rules around the beer imagesselling of beer in Pennsylvania.

The PLCB’s recent changes underway allow for the selling of a 12-pack of beer or less with food orders from businesses that have a “Transporter-for Hire” License. The purchase of beer must be processed in advance in the store prior to delivery. In other words, the beer has to be paid for over the phone with a credit card. Proper ID must be provided in an effort to avoid selling to minors.

This new change comes as good news to many restaurants and businesses hoping to boost their profit margins. For more, see below: