Wine growlers to go?

Friday, 09 September 2016 by

We are starting to see businesses adjust to the recent changes to the liquor code.  Of course, the wine expanded permits, which allow certain retail licensees to sell wine to go, have received a lot of press.  I’ve also seen a number of brewpubs, distilleries, and wineries take advantage of the ability to cross-sell each

PaLCB Okays Barrel Swap

Friday, 08 July 2016 by

Jameson Irish Whiskey’s Caskmates series is an interesting example of how brewers and distillers are helping each other get creative and push their respective recipes to new grounds.  The Caskmates whiskey line is the result of Jameson sending some of its aging barrels to the Franciscan Well Brewery in Cork, Ireland.  Franciscan Well then brewed an

We broke the news this past Friday that the regulation allowing Pennsylvania breweries to sell beer for consumption on-site without the need for a brew pub or other liquor license was going to become law on Saturday, May 30, 2015. We have been following this regulation closely since we first discovered it was being proposed

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

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

The Return of Beer Mug Clubs???

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 by

Amid the war of words between grocery/convenience stores, distributors, and breweries over pending liquor code legislation, another bill has flown under the radar and could soon become law.  Just yesterday, the Pa House of Representatives passed HB #2069, which would allow a liquor licensee to “offer discounts of food or malt or brewed beverages and

One of the big issues facing Pennsylvania breweries when they are creating their business plans or just starting out is how to promote their beer and get it into other places.   By virtue of its brewery license, a PA brewery can self-distribute its beer by selling to other licensed entities, including restaurants and distributors.  A

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board would probably never be voted “Most Popular” state agency.  Obviously, there are a lot of criticisms hurled its way; however, one thing I think it does better than most state agencies is it provides good access to its information, especially legal information.  For example, on its website it provides links