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Cities & Towns > Dude, Where's My Booze?

Dude, Where's My Booze?

In some ways my state is really provincial. In the past I haven’t had any real beef with our antiquated liquor store system, which is run by the state. You buy beer at a beer distributor, or a small amount at a deli-type store. In recent years the amazing innovation is that you can now buy beer and wine at one specific chain of grocery stores - Giant Eagle. How this is fair to other grocery stores, I don’t know. You also have to have your driver’s license scanned with every purchase of alcohol at Giant Eagle.

But spirits are sold only at state stores, which are called “Wine And Spirits,” or “Fine Wine And Good Spirits.” That’s it. You have to go to those places. There aren’t that many of them, either.

Of course I'm not talking about being served drinks at a bar or restaurant. No, buying a bottle.

The only one in my town (pop. 28,000+) is now closed because the building is collapsing at one corner from mine subsidence. The next closest one on the map is located in a rather poor area in the next town, where I lived for a few years and hope not to return. I tried driving down the main street but couldn’t see anything at all, streets terribly dark, and soon gave up and went to the next closest store, which was a good piece away in the opposite direction. Finally I got my brandy.

In movies they have liquor stores on every city block and lots of suburban grocery stores where you can buy a bottle of vodka. How close are they to most people, really? Say, if you live in the suburbs?

posted on Jan 9, 2018 6:04 PM ()


We have one a few blocks from our house but prefer to use the commissary
which is two miles away, cheaper and special orders the wine we prefer for us.
comment by elderjane on Jan 11, 2018 1:14 AM ()
No problem in SW Florida, in all other ways as religiously backward as it is possible to be. However, beer and wine are available in supermarkets, and you can get hard liquor at a liquor store in the same mall.
comment by tealstar on Jan 10, 2018 3:41 PM ()
Mmmmm--do I smell a alcohol problem??? :O)
comment by greatmartin on Jan 9, 2018 8:56 PM ()
I have no idea what, precisely, you're smelling.
reply by drmaus on Jan 10, 2018 10:12 AM ()
Not just in movies. We have liquor stores handy & convenient in Colorado, as long as not too close to schools. 3.2 beer is available in supermarkets but not wine and beer (real beer is maybe 5% or so). Supermarkets in Nevada sell wine and liquor as well as all kinds of beer. Recently Colorado tried to pass a law allowing liquor/wine in supermarkets and all those free-standing liquor stores pitched a fit. Back when grocery stores started putting in their own bakeries and butchers, the stand-alone bakeries and butcher shops should have pitched a fit because it was the death of their business.

PA's liquor laws could definitely use some modernizing. In the 1970s we went to a wedding in Pittsburgh and thought a case of wine would make a nice wedding gift, pictured ourselves going aisle to aisle browsing the fine selections available. Nope - we went to one of those state liquor stores, and it was a bare counter where you had to know what you wanted and ask for it and the guy would go in back and get it. This is a challenge for those of us who shop for liquor with the 'I'll know it when I see it' method.
comment by troutbend on Jan 9, 2018 7:21 PM ()
Bare counter, that does describe what I remember long ago at some of the little stores. One reason I don't want the state system to end is that they're staffed by actual unionized workers. One of the few unions I can think of.
reply by drmaus on Jan 10, 2018 10:15 AM ()

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