When it comes to liquor laws, Pennsylvania has always chosen to party like it’s 1693. Until now! The DP reports that Governor Tom Corbett has proposed the privatization of alcohol sales, which are currently a government monopoly, within the Commonwealth. The suggested changes would result in the permitted sale of alcohol in supermarkets, double the amount of liquor stores, and an estimated $1 billion going to public schools over the course of four years. That last provision is somewhat of a surprise from a governor who has slashed public school funding while increasing prison funding…yeah, there’s probably symbolism in there somewhere.
For now, all we can do is wait for pending legislative approval, and hope for the beery best. And if you want a laugh, check out the extensive Wikipedia page for PA’s current liquor laws.
Good news, everyone! The goddesses have finally decided to respond to our demands for a campus liquor store after the closing of the 41st and Market booze vendor. As West Philly Local reports, applications for the heavily contested space (currently an adult video store) were rejected by the Zoning Board in April, but a recent vote of 3-1 has overturned that decision. Politics!
Like a lonely, frustrated caterpillar morphing into a wino butterfly, the space may start the turnover process as early as August, although there’s no official renovation timeline yet. The liquor store is also slated to be part of the “Premium Collection” of the Wine and Spirits chain, which means that there’ll be mini-bottles of Patrón at the cashier and more than two varieties (flavors? colors? sunset blushes?) of Franzia for sale. Cheers to that!
The West Philly liquor gods have spoken and the porn gods are weeping. University City Review reports that a state-run Wine & Spirits shop will take the place of Risqué Adult Video Store at 43rd and Chestnut, as the porn shop’s lease is set to expire. At a meeting of the Spruce Hill Community Association, an owner of the Chestnut Street Plaza confirms plans to give the property to the liquor store.
Our neighborhood’s recently deceased Wine & Spirits at 41st and Market left a void in accessible booze on campus, and the nearby store on 49th and Baltimore has long lines and a (frankly) terrible selection. But there is hope! According to Liquor Control Board District Manager Jimmette Bolden, “Our aim is to move the Plaza to a higher level. We don’t want to lower it. This liquor store will be more upscale than the one at 49th and Baltimore Avenue.” Shazam! But where will Risqué go?
Remember when Wine and Spirits on 41st closed? Of course you do. Luckily for all you Quaker tipplers out there, Penn Delivers is here. Now, the delivery service is not exactly new on campus, but we thought it’d be in your (liver’s) best interest to remind you of it.
It all seems pretty legally questionable, but here’s how it works: email or text Penn Delivers [at ( 240) 997-2431] with your order, desired timeframe of delivery (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday, from 3 to 6 p.m.), and email (or phone number). If you don’t want to pay cash on delivery, you can charge your booze to PayPal. There’s a $5 delivery charge and a $2 convenience charge tacked on to each item, but that’s a small price to pay for lugging your lazy self on to SEPTA to get your own sauce. Oh, and obviously, you have to be 21 or older to buy.
According to Philly.com, some of the Pronto-esque PLCB wine machines will start vending hard liquor. WHICH IS AWESOME. Machines around Philly will most likely feature vodka and gin, as some kind of survey discovered eastern PA likes clear drank best.
The most interesting part of this story, though, is the continuation of the drama surrounding the machines. Because, you know, Pennsylvania is basically the Soviet Union when it comes to liquor laws.
“This is truly the LCB’s perestroika strategy,” said Matt Brouillette, who heads the Commonwealth Foundation, a libertarian think tank in Harrisburg, and is a strong supporter of privatization. “They’re trying to say they can act like the private sector – but without privatization.”