Distributors talk about selling six-packs
Distributors talk about selling six-packs of beer
As changes continue to evolve into how alcohol is sold, purveyors of the adult beverage are offering their views.
As changes continue to evolve into how alcohol is sold in Pennsylvania, purveyors of the adult beverage are offering their views on the most recent developments.
Last week, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a provision that would allow beer distributors to sell beer for off-site consumption, such as six-packs and growlers, and to ship up to 192 ounces of beer to consumers each month. It would need gubernatorial approval to become law.
Some proprietors were less than impressed with the measure, especially in light of everything that’s been unfolding at the state level.
Last month, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approved a restaurant liquor license for Wawa, giving it permission to start selling six-packs at its Naamans Creek Road and Route 202 store.
Last week, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a provision that would allow beer distributors to sell beer for off-site consumption, such as six-packs and growlers, and to ship up to 192 ounces of beer to consumers each month.
In August, the board began approving wine expanded permits, giving stores such as Acme Markets, Wegmans and Giant Food Stores, in certain locations like Downingtown, Glen Mills, Media and Havertown the opportunity to sell up to 3 liters of wine to go per transaction. When the legislation was being considered, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry said the move could result in an additional $150 million of revenue for the 2016-2017
Earlier this year, in May, the PLCB approved the first round of applications allowing businesses that also sell gas to sell up to 192 ounces of malt or brewed beverages.
Some local beer distributors,
however, had their reservations with all of these changes, including the one being considered that would allow them to sell six-packs and growlers.
John Shin, manager of County Beverage at 119 S. Monroe St. in Media, is opposed to it.
“I don’t like it,” he said. “We only sell cases. I don’t like to sell six-packs.”
Don Cianciulli over at Shamrock Beverage at 1010 MacDade Blvd. in the Folsom section of Ridley Township agreed.
“The problem I find with all of it is they’re only doing it so they cannot get bite back from giving supermarkets beer,” the manager of the 12-year-old establishment said. “They’re only trying to pacify us.”
His thoughts on beer distributors selling six-packs offered no less appeal.
“We’re a wholesaler,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a good idea.”
Meanwhile, facilities such as the Media VFW Post 3460 wouldn’t be impacted by the state senate proposal, but talk to the canteen manager there and he’ll share his opinion on some other
changes that occurred.
Pat Flanagan explained his VFW has a club and catering license similar to American Legions and Knights of Columbus, and they can only sell product on-site.
He explained that a change in the state law added another $700 on top of what they pay annually for their liquor license.
“It affects everybody,” Flanagan said. “Somebody like us, that’s a major impact but when you talk about a place like Iron Hill, it’s a drop in the bucket.”
Still, the organization, which has been in existence since 1939 and has 200 active members and 50 social members, continues to reach out to state officials to see if anything can be done.
Beer distributors are weighing in on the latest spin on the state’s ever-changing laws when it comes to selling beer. They may get the chance to sell six-packs and growlers.