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Some Pennsylvania Supermarkets Will Continue To Sell Beer

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld the right of grocery stores and supermarkets that have restaurants within them to sell beer.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court reviewed a case involving the Malt Beverage Distributors Association, which contended that the Liquor Control Board erred by granting licenses to five restaurants located within Wegman’s supermarkets to sell beer.

The association claimed that the licenses violated state law, and would effectively expand the sale of beer to supermarkets, thereby infringing on beer distributors’ market niche. But the high court says the restaurants predate the applications for a liquor license, and are vastly larger and more sophisticated than minimum requirements specified in state law.

The state Supreme Court, in its opinion, acknowledges that its ruling may open the door for large retailers to secure liquor licenses for restaurants on their premises but notes that the legislature can remedy that situation if it chooses.

Reported By Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio.

  • Selling to supermarkets

    I think its a good idea of selling single bottle of beer instead of whole case of beer… Because sometimes it is not possible to afford whole case of beer….

  • Spencer Redfern

    Maynard Couch

  • 6 Pack Buyer

    It’s time PA came out of the dark ages. The way it is sold now, it promotes alcoholism! I came from NY where you could get a 6-pack anywhere. You didn’t have to buy a case at a time. Plus, they gouge you at these stores, which is why I go out of state to purchase. Simply put, if they are afraid of going out of business, then the state stores need to lower their prices and change the way they sell it. TIme to come into the modern era!

    • dsp

      you don’t know what you are talking about ????

  • Mr JP

    Beer snob, some people like mass produced domestics, I hope that doesn’t upset you too much.

  • Ted

    Good news.

    I’m tired of having to buy a whole case of beer when I only want a few bottles. Some of the beer I drink costs $18 a bottle and up.

    There was one beer I wanted but a case would have cost $300 I only wanted a single bottle. Luckily Capone’s bottle shop in Norristown had it. It saved me $275 to get it there.

    These laws are from an era where 95% of beer sales came from the big three: Bud, Miller, and Coors, which taste horrible. Most people who don’t like beer only tried swill like this and never tasted a Flemish red ale, an English porter, or a good ole’ India pale ale.

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