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Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, February 28:
Buying beer in Pennsylvania is different than in almost every other state in the country. Bars, taverns, and restaurants sell beer in six or 12-packs, but no more than that. In recent years, a handful of grocery and convenience stores that also serve food have starting selling beer.
Those who wish to purchase a case of beer must go to a beer distributor. Under current law, distributors can't sell anything less than a case.
The sale of alcoholic beverages has been under state control in Pennsylvania since Prohibition ended in the 1930s. Gov. Tom Corbett has often said it is not a core function of government and that the current system isn't customer friendly. As a result, Corbett has proposed sweeping changes in how beer, wine, and liquor are sold in the state.
Corbett's proposal goes further than selling liquor stores to private businesses or making beer and wine available in grocery stores. The governor wants distributors to be able to sell six or 12 packs. However, the most significant change under his plan would allow distributors to sell wine and spirits along with beer.
What do beer distributors think about the proposal?
We'll find out on Thursday's Radio Smart Talk. Appearing will be Malt Beverage Distributors Association President Mark Tanczos and beer distributor Tom Mehaffie, owner and operator of Breski Beverage outside Harrisburg.
Should Pennsylvania change how and where beer is sold?
Mark Tanczos and Tom Mehaffie
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