Beer lovers across the commonwealth, rejoice. You can now have cold ones dropped at your door.
Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board ruled that restaurants, grocery stores and pizza shops could deliver beer if they get what’s known as a “transporter-for-hire” license.
The provision has been on the books for some time, but a brief advisory opinion clarified things.
Amy Christie, executive director of the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association, couldn’t be happier.
“Any time that you can update regulations within the liquor code is a win for the industry,” she said. “It’s always good to bring a 1933 code closer to 2015 business sense.”
The license, of course, has some restrictions.
A customer can’t order more than 192 ounces– about two six-packs — of beer.
“That’s all a restaurant can sell for off-premise consumption at any one time,” said Rod Diaz, executive deputy chief counsel for the PLCB.
The alcohol must be paid for before it reaches the front door.
Lastly, beer – and only beer – can be delivered. No wine. No liquor.
The roughly $700 license is available to more than 11,000 retailers in the state. Diaz said it will be the licensee’s responsibility to make sure beer isn’t delivered to minors.