On Wednesday, Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf said the state’s wine and spirits shops will remain closed along with other non-essential businesses for the duration of the COVID-19 shutdown. In a compromise move, he announced that wine and liquor sales by the state would resume online. That’s only if you can reach the website, however.
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A Lower Saucon Township woman is charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child–a third-degree felony–after police say she allegedly left her 2-year-old son at home alone and went across the street to a bar where she allegedly drank for nearly an hour.
A Lower Saucon Township man is charged with DUI-Highest Rate of Alcohol after police say he allegedly drove a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .32 percent, which is four times the legal limit for most drivers.
After months of development and just in time for the holidays, a beer and wine store known as a Beer & Wine Eatery opened inside the Giant supermarket in the Creekside Marketplace shopping center on Leithsville Road in Lower Saucon Township Wednesday.
Those who enjoy a glass of wine or a beer with their dinner as well as the convenience of being able to shop for those beverages while picking up groceries may want to visit the new Beer & Wine Eatery at the Coopersburg Giant, which the company said Thursday is now open.
With Musikfest about to open in Bethlehem–drawing hundreds of thousands of people to the city over 10 days–Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio on Tuesday issued a reminder about the rules for consumption of alcohol at the free festival. Those rules include:
Not bringing alcohol to Musikfest in cans, bottles or other containers. Not hiding bottles or cans on your body or inside a backpack or other type of bag. Not refilling Musikfest mugs with liquor or wine at restaurants near the festival, since “Pennsylvania liquor control enforcement laws prohibit anyone from leaving an establishment with liquor or wine,” according to a news release from DiLuzio posted on the police department’s blog. Not carrying mugs filled with beer from one platz to another, or from the north side of the festival to the south side–although DiLuzio stated that attendees who do this and don’t draw attention to themselves in a negative fashion “will most likely be OK.”
Wine connoisseurs in 30 states can buy their vino the 21st-century way: From Amazon. Pennsylvania merlot lovers can’t count themselves as so lucky, thanks to stringent regulations that largely bar the direct shipment of wine to residents in the Keystone State, where the government has kept an iron grip on the booze industry since the repeal of Prohibition. While it’s not impossible to have wine delivered to your doorstep in Pennsylvania, consumers must know how to navigate a bureaucratic system. Even then, they have limited choices when it comes to finding a fermented beverage that pairs well with their artisan cheeses. Retailers cannot ship to Pennsylvania, and most wineries across the country don’t even look at Pennsylvania as a place where they can legally and efficiently ship wine, “so they simply don’t,” said Tom Wark, executive director of the American Wine Consumer Coalition in Washington, D.C.
“Pennsylvania is considered a state where no one wants to do business in terms of direct-shipping,” he said.