Category: Restaurant / Liquor License

Going Once, Going Twice – Sold!

As we reported in June, the Governor signed Act 39 into law which went into effect on August 8, 2016. Act 39 requires the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) to auction expired restaurant licenses, including those that were not renewed, were revoked by an Administrative… Continue reading

The Current State of Intermunicipal Liquor License Transfers

In the past we have reported on the process for transferring liquor licenses. Since 2000, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (“LCB”) has permitted Restaurant (“R”) licenses and Eating Place (“E”) licenses to be transferred outside of the municipality where they are located to another municipality… Continue reading

What is RAMP Training?

RAMP is the LCB’s “Responsible Alcohol Management Program” designed to train and certify owners, managers and servers of alcoholic beverages in Pennsylvania in proper alcohol sale and service procedures. These include such things as proper identification checks, detecting fake or fraudulent I.D. documents, identifying signs… Continue reading

Landmark Changes to the Liquor Code

In December we reported that the Pennsylvania Senate had approved liquor reforms that were acceptable to the Governor, but that the Pennsylvania Legislature had yet to approve any such change. In June, the Legislature finally passed the Liquor Reform Bill and on June 8, 2016,… Continue reading

Alcohol Service to Minors

If you ask people what the drinking age is in Pennsylvania most will quickly answer 21. Indeed since prohibition was repealed in 1933 Pennsylvania’s legal drinking age has been 21 years of age. For a licensed establishment, serious penalties and fines occur when the licensee… Continue reading

Closing Time…You Don’t Have to Go Home, But You Can‘t Stay Here

The Pennsylvania Liquor Code requires that all patrons vacate a licensed establishment no later than one half hour after the conclusion of the legal alcoholic beverage service time. Alcohol service times vary based on the type of license. Licensed hotels, licensed restaurants, licensed airports, licensed… Continue reading

Can the Budget Deadlock in Harrisburg Lead to Liquor Reform?

In an effort to resolve the ongoing budget battle in Pennsylvania, The Pennsylvania Senate has passed a $30.3 billion Republican-backed state budget that calls for increases in the cigarette tax, new revenue from internet gaming and major changes to the liquor code. The Pennsylvania House… Continue reading

Off-Site Catering has Become Pop-Up Beer Gardens

In recent years Pennsylvanians have seen the rise of the so called “pop-up” beer garden, particularly in the Philadelphia area.  These pop-up beer gardens often operate on vacant lots or in open areas otherwise under-utilized and are open seasonally from the late spring to early… Continue reading

Management Companies for Liquor Licensees

Pennsylvania liquor license may only be used by the owner of that license, the “licensee.”  The licensee may not lease the license or allow an individual that is not  recognized by the Liquor Control Board (LCB) as the owner to use that license.  However, the LCB… Continue reading

Beer Distributors Can Now Sell 12-Packs

On March 6, 2015, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s Office of Chief Counsel issued a legal advisory informing brewers that they may sell “original containers” to distributors as long as the container contains at least 128 fluid ounces. Those original containers may then be sold… Continue reading