Last week I saw someone asking about Pennsylvania’s rules regarding filling growlers that are labeled with a brewery’s name.  The person was coming from Vermont and essentially wanted to know if he could bring growlers from various Vermont breweries and have them filled here in Pennsylvania.  The Brewers Association has a database of various state

Back in October, we broke the news that the Liquor Control Board was proposing to change its regulations to allow Pennsylvania breweries to sell their beer on-site without the need for a brewpub or other retail license. (  Before a new regulation can become effective, however, there is a fairly complex path it must

On December 5, 2014, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) issued an Advisory Opinion that suggests retail licensees can now obtain a Transport-for-Hire License in order to deliver beer to their customers.  (View a copy of the Advisory Opinion here –  This represents a significant change in retail licensee operations and represents a big

Thanksgiving Menu Matchup 2014

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 by

Last year, I said I was starting a new, annual tradition of pairing an entire Thanksgiving Day with a brewery’s beer roster.  (See post here:  Troegs Brewing was an easy choice as the first pick – I live less than 10 minutes from the brewery and have been drinking their beers since moving to

Harrisburg Beer Week

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 by

We have become accustomed to the fact that the Pennsylvania Legislature is not likely to make any big changes to the Liquor Code anytime soon.  That does not mean, however, that change can’t come from somewhere else.  Despite its reputation as being archaic and overly-burdensome, every once in a while the Liquor Control Board (“LCB”)

Pardon the Jay-Z reference. A few weeks ago, a Texas brewery made the craft brew news headlines by offering a 99-pack of beer.  Austin Beerworks released a limited supply of the 99-pack of  its “Anytime Ale” for those occasions where you and your friends need a few dozen more beers than the typical case provides. 

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The internet used to be simple – every web address seemed to end in .com, .edu, .org, or maybe .net. These abbreviated terms are known as “top-level domains” (TLDs). While we may have only used a handful of different TLDs in years past, the list is growing rapidly. You may see a TLD assigned to

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It is hard to believe that it has already been nearly a year since the government shutdown prevented brewers and other alcohol manufacturers from receiving label approvals and permits, among other necessary documents.  In light of the backlog of Certificates of Label Approval (COLAs) created by the shutdown, questions arose as to whether certain breweries

Beer Camp Re-cap

Monday, 11 August 2014 by

What does a pioneer of the craft beer industry do after creating one of the most successful breweries in the world?  Well, if you are Ken Grossman with Sierra Nevada, you customize a luxury tour bus like a rock star, pack up some of your best beer buds, and head across the country promoting the

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