Reason.com has a quick essay covering efforts by legislatures in four states (including nearby Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Carolina) to kill state-controlled monopolies on the sale of wine and spirits. These "monsters" have proven unusually resistant in the past to efforts to drive stakes through their hearts, but there seems to be a renewed sense of optimism in 2011.
Granted, these measures/proposals don't directly affect beer (unless the insane Keystone State requirement that beer only be sold in case lots from distributors, except in bars/delis at bar prices, also falls), but changes in the overall booze market tend to indirectly affect beer. Imagine if--and I really must be consuming something narcotic here--Pennsylvania were to allow supermarket sales of booze?
(A reminder that fellow writer Lew Bryson maintains a separate blog devoted exclusively to the inanities and insanities of Pennsylvania's LCB and the efforts to abolish same....)
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