On March 17, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board temporarily closed all locations of its Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores and shut down online ordering. For consumers, this St. Patrick’s Day reckoning came as a blow, since the state-run liquor board was turning off the tap for almost all of the places where Pennsylvanians can buy bottles of spirits.
Online ordering through FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com did start up again in early April and curbside pickup was added a few weeks later, but capacity is limited. Chances are good a visit to the website will only produce a “the online store is not available at this time” message.
Even with state stores closed, there is a bright side to the seemingly dark and dry situation. Distilleries are selling bottles to go via pickup and home delivery, and by stocking up on handcrafted gin and whiskey, the people of Philadelphia are able to continue drinking well while supporting local businesses.
The catch: It’s much easier to find inexpensive alcohol at the state stores, so expect to pay more.
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