A state liquor store front in Harrisburg (Capital-Star photo by Elizabeth Hardison).

Coming Sunday: Higher prices for wine, liquor at Pa.’s state stores

BY: - January 12, 2023

(*This story was updated at 5:02 p.m. on Thursday, 1/12/23 with additional comment from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. It was updated at 3:28 a.m. on Friday 1/13/23 to update attribution to a PLCB spokesperson.) An industry trade group is pushing back against a 4% price hike on wine and liquor set to go into […]

A state liquor store front in Harrisburg (Capital-Star photo by Elizabeth Hardison).

We need to talk about the mental health impacts of full liquor privatization | Opinion

BY: - June 20, 2022

A proposed constitutional amendment seeks to get Pa. out of the state-run booze business. It's not that easy.

Cocktails to-go helped Pa. businesses stay afloat. Now they’re in for an even slower recovery

BY: - July 1, 2021

Anticipating a busy summer for takeout boozy drinks, Thomas Tell — a Lackawanna County bar owner — stocked up on sealable containers and drink carriers.

Fight over to-go cocktails spills back into Pa. Senate

BY: - June 24, 2021

In the span of two hours Thursday afternoon, the Pennsylvania House stripped out language approving the private sale of canned cocktails from a bill permanently legalizing to-go mixed drinks, before approving it 170-31. The proposal now returns to the Senate, which cracked open a three-way political fight between restaurants, the liquor lobby, and the union […]


One lawmaker’s lonely quest: How many restaurant liquor licenses are there in every Pa. county? | Mark O’Keefe

BY: - July 22, 2020

(*This story was updated at 12:42 p.m., on 7/22/20 to correct the county that Rep. Frank Burns represents in the state House, and to correctly reflect the information that Burns is seeking from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.) Why? That’s the question being asked by Democratic state *Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, and his attorney, Terry […]

A state liquor store front in Harrisburg (Capital-Star photo by Elizabeth Hardison).

Erie lawmaker tells liquor regulators they need to spruce up rundown states stores in poor Pa. cities

BY: - February 25, 2020

The state board that controls alcohol sales in Pennsylvania touted its plans to renovate more liquor stores this year, leading one state lawmaker on Tuesday to decry what he saw as a disparity between state-run stores in poor urban areas and affluent suburbs.