Oh, Pennsylvania. To those of us who grew up in the Keystone State, it's simply PA (pee-ay). Anyone who refers to Pennsylvania as PA knows that buying booze is not easy there. It's not that it's abhorrently difficult to find a 6-pack of beer, but there just seem to be a lot of rather stiff, unfortunate, and altogether ancient alcohol practices.
A new Pennsylvania beer law is afoot, though, and it will make buying beer much, much easier and on par with the rest of the country.
If you wake up on this coming Sunday in, say, Philadelphia with a wicked hangover, you won't be able to head to the liquor store until 11:00 AM this weekend. Once this new liquor law goes into effect, though, which The Doylestown Patch says will be next Tuesday, you can go grab your preferred hair o' the dog as early as 9:00 in the morning on the sabbath.
This update, along with others, comes into effect after last year's decision to allow wine sales in select, approved PA grocery stores. Another 2016 update that brought PA drinkers up to the 21st century was the allowance for gas stations to sell beer.
Up until this point, PA really has been in the Stone Age of alcohol. We know Pennsylvania houses Yuengling, the oldest brewery in the country, but you wouldn't expect the liquor laws to be some of the most out-of-date in the country still, too.
One specific oddity of PA beer distributors was that they could only sell by the case. In 2015, they were allowed to start selling 12-packs. Now, with this update, Pennsylvanian beer distributors will also be able to sell 6-packs. While this may sound crazy to some, it sounds like redemption to PA-natives.
The Patch also lists this update to Pennsylvanian liquor laws:
"Allow beer and liquor to be sold (in shatterproof containers) before, during and after professional and amateur athletic events and consumed outside the club seating and restaurant area, as can be done at performing arts events or other entertainment events."
We're not exactly sure if we know what that means, but we do know how to test it out.
You can find us at an amateur athletic event sometime after Tuesday, January 17, 2017 sipping on an ice-cold cruiser way outside of the club seating and restaurant areas.