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Jul 09, 2019

In the News: Attorney Matt Andersen Successfully Transfers Liquor License into Whitehall Township

Matthew B. Andersen, Esquire, an attorney in the Liquor Law Practice Group, was recently successful in transferring a restaurant liquor license into Whitehall Township.  The license was obtained from the most recent Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board liquor license auction.  » Read More

Jan 23, 2019

Pa.L.C.B. Announces Eighth Restaurant Liquor License Auction

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (Pa.L.C.B.) has announced the eighth restaurant liquor license auction, which is permitted under Act 39 of 2016.  These auctions are for “zombie licenses” that have been expired and in possession of the Pa.L.C.B. dating back to the year 2000.  » Read More

Nov 13, 2018

Pennsylvania New Distributor Packages, Slushies, and Food Health Safety Considerations

In Pennsylvania, consumers have enjoyed the benefits of new packaging opportunities offered by Pennsylvania Distributor Licenses under recent, dynamic changes to the Pennsylvania Liquor Code.  We have chronicled those changes previously in many different blogs including our slushy blog, which you can access here.  » Read More

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

Jun 28, 2018

Pa.L.C.B. Announces Sixth Restaurant Liquor License Auction

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (Pa.L.C.B.) has announced the sixth restaurant liquor license auction, which is permitted under Act 39 of 2016.  These auctions are for “zombie licenses” that have been expired and in possession of the Pa.L.C.B. dating back to the year 2000.  » Read More

Oct 30, 2017

Pa.L.C.B. Issues Guidance on Decorative Bottles in a Licensed Establishment

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board issued an Advisory Opinion regarding a licensee’s use of empty liquor or wine bottles as decoration in their restaurant.  The inquiry came from a Pennsylvania licensee who requested a clarification on the rule after receiving conflicting statements from Liquor Control Enforcement and the Pa.L.C.B.  » Read More

Sep 13, 2017

Pa.L.C.B. Announces Fourth Restaurant Liquor License Auction Under Act 39 of 2016

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has announced the fourth restaurant liquor license auction, which is permitted under Act 39 of 2016.  These auctions are for “zombie licenses” that have been expired and in possession of the Pa.L.C.B. dating back to the year 2000.  » Read More

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