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3/06/2015 12:53 pm  #1


Pennsylvania beer distributors can now sell 12-packs

“It’s really the first real big change for us in 60 or 70 years,” 


Beer distributors can now sell 12-packs in Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

The PLCB’s Office of Chief Counsel issued a legal advisory today “informing brewers that they may sell ‘original containers’ as long as the container contains at least 128 fluid ounces — for example a 12-pack — to distributors that may be resold ‘as is’ to consumers.”

For years, beer distributors have been able to sell beer only by the case or keg, while groceries, bars and convenience stores have gained the ability to sell six-packs, 12-packs, and individual bottles for consumption on premises.  

The Post-Gazette reported today that the PLCB was set to issue the advisory opinion in response to questions from two area beer distributors and an area brewer.

State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Wilkins and ranking minority party member of the House Liquor Control Committee, called the PLCB opinion “a step in the right direction to provide consumer convenience.”

“By allowing these 12-packs to be sold at beer distributors, customers get another choice in their beer selections,” he said. “It provides family-owned distributors more options in their product line [and supports] our breweries in Pennsylvania, so it’s a win-win situation.”

Two local distributors have played a major role in forcing the PLCB to confront the case-size question.

Pistella Beer Distributors in Friendship, owned by Frank Pistella — who also is the first vice president of the Malt Beverage Distributors Association of Pennsylvania — and Save-Mor Beer in Squirrel Hill sued the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board in the state’s Commonwealth Court last year. They also posed the question directly to the PLCB, as did Rivertowne Brewing, seeking an opinion on the case-size issue. 

“It’s really the first real big change for us in 60 or 70 years,” said Steve Klein, owner of Sav-Mor. “It’s more variety for the consumer. People want the ability to buy different things.”

It could take several weeks or more for distributors and, more crucially, their wholesale suppliers, to get new inventory into the system. Because the 12-packs (or 15-packs, or 18-packs) must be packaged as such by the manufacturer, distributors and wholesalers can’t simply cut existing cases in half and sell them separately. 

That’s because the cases must be sold “in their original containers,” according to the PLCB guidance on the issue. 

Prior to today’s opinion, distributors were generally restricted to selling cases or larger individual units, such as half-kegs, quarter-kegs and more.


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3/06/2015 1:57 pm  #2


Re: Pennsylvania beer distributors can now sell 12-packs

The best line in the whole article.............." — and Save-Mor Beer in Squirrel Hill".

I've been waiting to use this picture, never guessing the opportunity would present itself in such a perfect fashion. 

https://susannahpollvogt.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/blog-squirrel.jpg?w=500&h=397

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3/06/2015 3:29 pm  #3


Re: Pennsylvania beer distributors can now sell 12-packs

Just another attempt to appease the get-rid-of-the-LCB crowd?  Why screw around with piecemeal and just do it, for crying out loud. 

 

3/06/2015 4:08 pm  #4


Re: Pennsylvania beer distributors can now sell 12-packs

That picture made my day BYOB


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3/06/2015 4:21 pm  #5


Re: Pennsylvania beer distributors can now sell 12-packs

I knew I'd squirreled it away for some reason (no pun int.), and here in all it's glory was the gift of opportunity thanks to your keen beer news knowledge. 

 

3/06/2015 4:31 pm  #6


Re: Pennsylvania beer distributors can now sell 12-packs

flowergirl wrote:

Just another attempt to appease the get-rid-of-the-LCB crowd?  Why screw around with piecemeal and just do it, for crying out loud. 

I hear ya but it's smaller regulatory changes like this that greases the skids for coming to an agreement on privatizing the state stores.
 


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