Drink a case on Sundays

The Pennsylvania Senate approved a bill on Sunday that would allow more beer sales on Sunday. Specifically, beer distributors would be allowed to sell cases between the hours of 12pm and 5pm, if they buy an special $100 liquor license extension.

For any out-of-towners, Pennsylvania has a tangled mess of blue laws that place strong restrictions on liquor sales within the state. All liquor is sold within state-run stores (we call ’em State Stores, real creative). But there’s no beer at the liquor stores, beer can only be sold by special “Beer Distributors,” and only by the case. Beer can also be sold by taverns by the 6-pack at extreme mark-up.

I like to blame the Quakers who founded PA, along with many of the original blue laws. But these days, its mainly labor union influence blocking privitization of state liquor stores.

No matter what, ripping down these goofy laws is going to take quite a while. Every step towards change is a good one.

1 Comment so far

  1. till (unregistered) on July 5th, 2005 @ 1:21 pm

    Congrats from Berlin on extended freedom. ;)

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