Today, a Sunday, I was looking to buy a six pack of beer before watching football. Of course, here in Pennsylvania, it’s not as simple as just going to the neighborhood supermarket.
As is well known, most regular grocery stores, such as SuperFresh, Acme and Genuardi’s, in Pennsylvania are not permitted to sell beer or other alcohol. The majority of beer is, of course, sold in cases through beer distributors. Many of these beer distributors now are permitted to sell beer on Sundays, but only after 12 p.m. Beer can also be purchased in smaller quantities and with more expensive prices at convenience stores and delis. On Sundays, these stores, like restaurants, are permitted by the state to sell beer only after 11 a.m.
Needless to say, the state’s alcohol laws are unnecessarily confusing. It’s tough to keep track of the restrictions. Take a trip sometime though other states to see how much simpler it is to purchase beer.