NBCPhiladelphia.com - Stacey Stauffer, Jon Marcucci
Musikfest could soon be without beer mug refills at bars if the PLCB gets its way.
That was until last week when the booze tradition started looking a bit empty. As of Friday, the normal freedom of topping off your Musikfest mug-to-go was taken away. That’s right, the 12-year policy was drained.
Pennsylvania's Liquor Control Board cited a 1994 ruling while barring bar owners from selling beer in plastic take-out mugs.
Some Musikfesters are furious over the change but not half as mad as some restaurant and bar owners. Brew Works co-owner Rich Fegley told The Morning Call that his business brings in about $15,000 on peak days at the ‘fest -- attributing half from sales “to-go.”
Despite the LCB's ruling for now business owners are still topping off the to-go mugs. And, police told NBC Philadelphia's Stacey Stauffer that it appears legal to sell beer in to-go cups since the city waives its open-container laws for the festival.
For their part festival organizers said they are staying out of the brew battle claiming that it wasn't their choice.
LCB officials have yet to make a comment on the subject.
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