Friday, March 6, 2015

Pennsylvania Beer Distributors Allowed to Sell 12 Packs

In a press release from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board on Friday, it was clarified that Beer Distributors are allowed to sell 12 packs.

In July 2014, an attorney for a Monroeville brewery, FYBOMAX INC., asked the PLCB if the brewery could, under the Pennsylvania Liquor Code and PLCB regulations, “prepare a single large container of malt or brewed beverages consisting of twelve (12) smaller containers, each holding approximately twelve (12) fluid ounces, designed to be sold as a single unit.” 

The Board recently received a similar request for an advisory opinion from two beer distributors, Save-Mor Beer & Pop Warehouse Inc. and Nancy Pistella. According to the Liquor Code, the Board or its Chief Counsel must issue advisory opinions upon request. 

Under the Liquor Code, breweries, malt or brewed beverage distributors and importing distributors can sell malt or brewed beverages to the public in two configurations: “case” quantities or “original containers containing at least 128 fluid ounces.” Because the inquiring brewery’s proposed “single large container” would consist of 144 ounces of malt or brewed beverages, it exceeds the volume (128-ounce) requirement for an “original container,” so it would be permissible to market and resell it to other distributors and importing distributors as a single “original container” as prepared by the manufacturer. 

This advisory opinion clarifies 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. No modifications to existing inventory held by distributors and importing distributors is allowed.

**Information posted from PLCB Press Release from March 6th, 2015

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