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Oct 09, 2018

Beer and Pizza? Yes. Wine and Pizza? No. Home Delivery of Wine Practically Impossible for Restaurant Licensees Under Liquor Code

Do you like wine with your pizza? There’s now an app that helps you choose the perfect bottle to match your toppings, but there’s a catch and the Pennsylvania Liquor Code is responsible for it. If you like beer with your pizza, you can have it delivered with your pizza of choice without leaving the comfort of your home. » Read More

Oct 05, 2018

Malt Beverage Slushies: New Sales Privilege for Distributors or a Loose Definition of Growler?

Frankly, the answer is both.

Recently, a friend visited my hometown’s local beer distributor and was shocked to see machines churning brightly-colored Smirnoff slushies. The distributor’s employees were serving the slushies to customers in Styrofoam cups with lids and tape over the straw hole. » Read More

Sep 20, 2018

Do You Want to Sell a Martini at Your Brewery, Winery, or Distillery in Pennsylvania? The Vermouth and Other Alcoholic Mixers Must be Made in Pennsylvania

We have been asked the following question numerous times from clients: if there is not a distillery in Pennsylvania that makes a certain spirit, can we use one from out-of-state?  The answer is always no, because Pennsylvania manufacturers, such as a brewery, distillery, or winery, are not permitted to sell any distilled spirits that were not made by a Pennsylvania licensed distillery or limited distillery. » Read More

Aug 22, 2018

Surprise – Your Liquor License Can Be Suspended

Since the passage of Act 44 of 2017, Pennsylvania establishments which serve alcohol are now in danger of being shut down by unannounced compliance checks performed by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. These checks can suspend a liquor license immediately at the time of the inspection.  » Read More

Jan 05, 2018

How Can a Happy Hour Get Better? Unlimited Happy Hours for Pennsylvania Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries

In addition to a happy New Year, there is about to be an unlimited amount of “happy” at many Pennsylvania alcohol manufacturers!  Recently, the Pa.L.C.B. released a Legal Advisory Opinion addressing several questions on brewery pricing to consumers.  In doing so, the Pa.L.C.B. » Read More

Mar 09, 2017

Direct Sales to Consumers Exempt From Beer Franchise Laws?  Pa.L.C.B. Opines on Contract Brewing Arrangement Providing Beer to Couplet

Recently, the Pa.L.C.B. published a legal opinion on the use of contract brewed beer by a couplet.  A couplet is a manufacturing license (such as a G license for a brewery) that is used in conjunction with a brew pub (GP) license or a restaurant (R) license on a property owned/leased by the same entity.  » Read More

Mar 08, 2017

You Down with OPP? Pa.L.C.B. Opines on Manufacturers’ 50% Limitation for On-Premises Sales of Other People’s Products

Under Acts 39 and 166 of 2016, Pennsylvania-licensed manufacturers are now permitted to sell products made by other Pennsylvania-licensed manufacturers (such as Pennsylvania breweries, limited wineries, distilleries, and limited distilleries or Other People’s Products – “OPP”) for on-premises consumption only.  This privilege extends to products made by Pennsylvania-licensed manufacturers of the same type (e.g. » Read More

Sep 01, 2016

RAMP Under Act 39 of 2016: Who is Required to Complete Server/Seller Training

As you may be aware, Act 39 of 2016 (“Act 39”) took effect on August 8, 2016, and it brought with it much confusion with regard to the many aspects of the Liquor Code.  One area that has brought the most confusion is with Act 39’s new Responsible Alcohol Management Program (“RAMP”) requirements for licensees, specifically for the servers/sellers of said licensees.  » Read More

Jun 01, 2016

The Prisoner: The Pennsylvania Six Pack

On May 25, 2016, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approved nine applications allowing gas stations to sell up to 192 ounces of malt or brewed beverages, an initiative that Governor Tom Wolf coined “freeing the six-pack.” Under the current state Liquor Code, the sale of alcohol is prohibited in locations, places and properties where fuel and oil is sold. » Read More

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