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The argument over where you buy brew is heating up. Convenience and grocery stores say they should be allowed to sell it. Distributors say that would be unfair to them.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
BY DIANA FISHLOCK {email address removed}

Dani Yentzer loves it when she's at the beach and she can pick up six-packs of beer where she buys her steaks -- in the grocery store.

Yentzer, 44, of Fairview Twp., added that she is glad that Wegmans in Silver Spring Twp. is selling beer, but, "I don't live anywhere near Wegmans."

Ryan Buxton likes buying cases of beer at his neighborhood distributor who knows what beers he likes. But, "It would be great if distributors could sell a six-pack if you want to try a new kind of beer and you didn't want to buy a case," said Buxton, 33, of Fairview Twp.

For years, many consumers have complained about Pennsylvania's laws governing beer sales. Now the battle over where consumers can buy their beer is heating up.

In Pennsylvania, beer distributors can sell cases of beer but not six-packs. Restaurants -- in grocery stores or in bars -- that have state licenses can sell a customer a six-pack or two but not a case.

Wegmans, Weis Markets and a few other grocery stores at select locations sell beer. But state liquor regulations allow grocery stores to sell beer only if they have dining areas and separate entrances and cash registers.

Beer sales are soaring at the Wegmans store in Silver Spring Twp. -- the only midstate grocery store to sell beer. The store is doubling the space allotted for beer and is expanding its offerings from 400 to 600 brands. "We still have customers asking us for more, so we are satisfying their needs," said manager Bob Finn.

Sheetz, which is trying to break into the competition, has waged a court battle and launched an online petition at

Some beer distributors worry that grocery stores will siphon off their business. A Lehigh Valley lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow beer distributors to sell six-packs.

Scott Karns, president of Karns Foods, said he has no plans to apply for licenses to sell beer in his stores until the state revamps its beer laws. He said the licensing system is unfair.

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Feb 4 @ 5:38PM  
we've got blue laws here in buying liquor on Sundays

Feb 4 @ 6:22PM  
Just make your own?


Feb 4 @ 6:44PM  
The county that I live in, repealed Prohibition a while back. Now, most of the
convenience stores and grocery stores sell Beer and Wine.
Even have a few major liquor stores in a much better driving distance.

While making a delivery on York Street recently , I was talking to the lady that now runs one of the many Antique Shops, she told me that when it was built in
1908 it was a saloon.....of which the county had 57 a hundred years ago.

At least it's easier for me to reload my Kegerator with Shiner Bock these days. Glad those damn Blue Laws are history around here.

Feb 4 @ 10:23PM  
no buying liquor on Sundays

Same up here in MN. After 11:00 on Sundays you can buy 3.2 ( if that is considered beer ) in grocery stores only ... Anything harder has to be bought in a liquor store Mon through Sat, and hours vary by county.

Feb 5 @ 5:15AM  
we've got blue laws here in buying liquor on Sundays
I know we used to have this in Ohio I believe. I don't drink, and for all I know we may still have this law.

Feb 5 @ 6:22AM  
Here in chicago you can buy anything anywhere. Every gas station has beer and wine and booze. I cant think of anywhere that doesn't sell it here

Feb 5 @ 8:07AM  
I used to live in Ark...That's really fucked up.
Just certain counties have liquor stores..Few and far between..
When I lived in Evening Shade, we had to drive 40 miles to the Missouri Line to get even beer.
Good thing most of the little towns had a VFW or Moose/Eagles plus some had private membership clubs you drink whatever you wanted..

Feb 5 @ 9:46AM  
It's true that you can't buy any alcohol here in GA on Sundays....gotta go to Missouri then.. if you live close enough to the state line, or get it on daughter is stationed at Ft. Benning and you can buy alcohol there on Sundays...don't know why ya can, but ya can!

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