Passing the full House, House Bill 466 seeks to privatize the sale of wine and spirits through the
creation of 1,200 Wine and Spirits Retail Licenses. These licenses would be available to existing
beer distributors for the first twelve months after enactment. At the conclusion of this twelve
month period, any remaining licenses would be offered to the general public at a substantially
higher cost. Beer distributors would have the ability to sell 6-packs and 12-packs of beer in
addition to the cases that they currently sell. Additionally, restaurants and taverns would have
the ability to sell up to four 6-packs or two 12-packs as opposed to the single 12-pack and two 6-
packs they are currently allowed.
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) released an advisory opinion clarifying existing
law by informing brewers that they may sell “original containers” as long as the container
contains at least 128 fluid ounces, for example a 12-pack, to distributors that may be resold “as
is” to consumers.