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PA's crazy liquor laws -- another example!


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PA's crazy liquor laws -- another example!

CindyJ | Mar 19, 2012 08:00 AM

I just found myself reading and trying to understand some of the nuances of PA's rules and regulations regarding BYOB restaurant policies, and I came across something I find impossible to believe. Now, maybe PA's laws have changed since this inquiry was generated, but, if I'm understanding this correctly, it is illegal for restaurants that do not have liquor licenses to possess or store alcoholic beverages on premises, even if that wine is used exclusively for cooking. More specifically, in response to an inquiry from a restaurant owner, a representative of the PLCB wrote: "With respect to storing white wine and sherry in your kitchen, you cannot store or possess white wine and sherry anywhere in your establishment if the white wine or sherry is drinkable. However, if the wine or sherry is not drinkable (i.e., the salt content of the wine or sherry renders it unfit for drinking purposes), then such wine or sherry could be stored on the licensed premises for cooking purposes only."

HUH??? We've got some very upscale BYOs that feature menu selections prepared with wine. Am I to understand that these places are either using "cooking wine" or else they're breaking the law?

Also, I've been to several restaurants that do not have liquor licenses but offer complementary wine and other alcoholic beverages to customers. That's illegal, too? Curiouser and curiouser...

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