Pennsylvania state stores are giving Keystone State distilleries a leg up on the competition.
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced its Pa. Spirits Program Tuesday that allows a limited numbers of local distilleries the chance to place their items in Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores of their choosing.
“The Pa. Spirits Program is a natural extension to make sure we’re meeting the demand, not just of local wine enthusiasts but also those consumers looking for locally made spirits as well,” said PLCB chairman Tim Holden.
The program allows limited distillers the chance to sell up to 10 spirits – which must be entirely distilled in the Keystone State – in liquor store locations of their choosing. A caveat to staying in the program is that the distillery must sell at least one case of the special hooch per store per month, said the PLCB.
“We are providing limited distilleries a platform to showcase their products,” said PLCB board member Joseph Brion. “While we currently sell more than 100 Pennsylvania-based spirits in our stores, we believe this program will expand our selection even more and offer limited distilleries the ability to reach a lot more people.”
Eligible distillers – there are 27 that produce less than 100,000 gallons of liquor per year – can apply for the program from May 1 to 19.