Monday, January 21, 2013

No More State Store

PENNSYLVANIA -- Our antiquated system of liquor, beer and wine sales might actually be on its way out. It's about time.

In Sicily, 2005
According to Wikipedia, "The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) was established in conjunction with the 21st Amendment and the repeal of prohibition. In 1933, just four days before the sale of alcohol became legal in Pennsylvania, the Board was officially organized. Upon its creation, Governor Gifford Pinchot stated that the purpose of the Board was to 'discourage the purchase of alcoholic beverages by making it as inconvenient and expensive as possible.'" Inconvenient and expensive. Check and check.

Now the head honcho of the PLCB is retiring. Could this mean that the writing is on the wall for Pennsylvania's version of Prohibition? http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/state/liquor-board-ceo-conti-announces-retirement-671165/

That will leave only Utah as the remaining purveyor of alcohol-related confusion. http://reason.com/blog/2013/01/20/a-drink-before-you-order-not-in-utah

Will Pennsylvanians drink more? I don't know, but I doubt it. It's not as though we can't already buy the stuff. But if the PLCB goes bye-bye, eventually I can go into a store where the owner actually knows about wine.