Pennsylvania's Booze Reforms Prove Popular

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Last year, Pennsylvania implemented modest changes to its alcohol laws, expanding the types of stores that can sell beer and wine. According to PennLive, the changes have proved to be quite popular among residents of the Keystone State:

"Pennsylvania last year entered what was, for the natives, a brave new world of alcohol sales.

Now on the cusp of the biggest alcohol sales weeks of the year, by several barometers it appears that long-stalled plunge into a more convenience-oriented market is working out. So far.

More than 550 businesses have received expanded wine permits since summer 2016, enabling them to sell bottles of wine or six-packs of beer, often in "general store" type atmospheres....

Beer and wine drinkers, meanwhile, still seem to be enjoying the novelty of wandering into a section of their favorite grocer and browsing through the aisles to create their own six-pack or even sidling up to the beer and getting a beer on draft.

'I love the convenience,' said Leslie Davis, a 48-year-old Middlesex Township resident reached at the Giant Foods store in Hampden Township this week.

'Because I'm already at the grocery store, and I don't have to go over to the liquor store to get it [a bottle of wine]. And the prices are basically the same,' Davis said, adding with a wry smile, 'I've checked.'..."

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