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Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Opens Entry for Rare Bourbons, Rye Whiskey in Limited-Release Lotteries

PublishDate: 2/12/2018 10:00 AM
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​Harrisburg – Entry is now open for the first four Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) Limited-Release Lotteries of 2018, which provide the opportunity to purchase three different, highly sought-after bourbons and a rye whiskey. A total of 665 bottles will be offered for sale through the lotteries.

Pennsylvania residents and licensees have until 11:00 PM Saturday, Feb. 17, to opt in to one or all of four separate lotteries, which feature the following products: 

• Lottery One features 12 bottles (nine for individual consumers, three for licensees) of Booker’s Kentucky Straight Rye, a straight rye whiskey aged for 13 years and bottled at barrel proof, 136 proof. The retail price for each 750 milliliter bottle is $599.99.

• Lottery Two features 101 bottles (76 for individual consumers, 25 for licensees) of Four Roses Limited Edition 2017. The 2017 edition is a blend of 15-, 13- and 12-year-old bourbons bottled at a 108-proof barrel strength. The retail price for each 750 milliliter bottle is $124.99.

• Lottery Three features 120 bottles (90 for individual consumers, 30 for licensees) of Parker’s Heritage Collection Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey 11th Edition, a 11 year old bourbon at 122 proof. The retail price for each 750 milliliter bottle is $139.99.

• Lottery Four features 432 bottles (324 for individual consumers, 108 for licensees) of Elmer T. Lee Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This single-barrel whiskey is bottled at 90 proof. The retail price for each 750 milliliter bottle is $37.99.

Individual consumers and licensees interested in entering one or more lotteries must be registered customers at www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com with billing information on file.  Each participant is encouraged to verify that accurate, up-to-date billing information is associated with his or her customer account, to prevent transaction delays or cancellations.

Lottery participants may opt in to one, several or all lotteries. Purchase is limited to one bottle per household, per lottery.

In light of attempts by previous lottery winners to illegally resell products obtained through Limited-Release Lotteries, the lottery Terms and Conditions remind residents that the sale of alcoholic beverages without a license is strictly prohibited under Pennsylvania law. When entering a Limited-Release Lottery, a participant will be asked to acknowledge that he or she has read and understands these terms and conditions.

 
Limited-Release Lotteries are open to Pennsylvania residents and licensees age 21 or older who provide both a verifiable Pennsylvania billing address and a Fine Wine & Good Spirits store address at registration. Any registrant with a billing address that can’t be verified as a Pennsylvania address will be removed from the lottery. Entries will be vetted for duplicative names, addresses, and other information, and duplicates will be deleted from the lottery pool.
 
Lottery drawings will be witnessed by an independent third party. Winners will be selected at random by computer program. Participants will be notified by email when the lottery process is complete.
 
To opt in to one or more of these lotteries, visit the Limited-Release Lottery web page at www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com, which can be found under the “Events” tab.
 
The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.783.8864
 
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Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Celebrates Grand Opening of Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store in New Castle, Lawrence County

PublishDate: 2/8/2018 3:00 PM
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​New Castle – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today welcomed local officials and the public to the grand opening of a new Fine Wine & Good Spirits store at Field Club Commons, 3326 Wilmington Rd., New Castle, Lawrence County.

With more than 4,100 square feet of space, this store features almost 3,000 wines and spirits, including the popular Chairman’s Selection® and Chairman’s Advantage® products, which are hand-selected, highly rated wines available for significantly less than nationally quoted prices.

To celebrate the grand opening, this store offered 10 percent off all in-store products between noon and 6:00 PM.

This Fine Wine & Good Spirits store offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere for consumers to browse the extensive selection. The focal point of the store is the center table, where customers can find staff to answer questions or provide recommendations. The center table provides counters for highlighting promotional items and educational materials for customers such as:

• Answers to frequently asked questions about wine and spirits
• A vintage chart
• A food pairing outline
• A party planning guide
• A calorie chart
• Tips for responsible hosting and consumption

The store has a “Made in Pennsylvania” section to highlight wines and spirits produced in the commonwealth. Also, this store features Pennsylvania Lottery ticket sales.
 
Throughout design and construction, the PLCB was committed to developing a store that is attractive and environmentally responsible. Most store lighting is state-of-the-art LED or energy-efficient compact-fluorescent lighting, which uses a fraction of the energy of traditional lighting.
 
The Field Club Commons Fine Wine & Good Spirits store will be open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Wednesday; 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM Thursday through Saturday; and 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Sunday. The store phone number is 724.598.2001. To find additional store locations and hours, visit www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.
 
The Fine Wine & Good Spirits store at 2410 Wilmington Rd., New Castle, is now closed.
 
The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.303.8522
 
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Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Celebrates Grand Opening of Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store in West Chester

PublishDate: 2/1/2018 3:00 PM
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​West Chester – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today welcomed local officials and the public to the grand opening of a new Fine Wine & Good Spirits store at the Marketplace at Westtown Shopping Center, 1502 West Chester Pike, West Chester.

With more than 4,700 square feet of space, this store features more than 2,500 wines and spirits, including the popular Chairman’s Selection® and Chairman’s Advantage® products, which are hand-selected, highly rated wines available for significantly less than nationally quoted prices.
 
To celebrate the grand opening, this store offered 10 percent off all in-store products between noon and 6:00 PM.
 
This Fine Wine & Good Spirits store offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere for consumers to browse the extensive selection. The focal point of the store is the center table, where customers can find staff to answer questions or provide recommendations. The center table provides counters for highlighting promotional items and educational materials for customers such as:
• Answers to frequently asked questions about wine and spirits
• A vintage chart
• A food pairing outline
• A party planning guide
• A calorie chart
• Tips for responsible hosting and consumption
 
The store has a “Made in Pennsylvania” section to highlight wines and spirits produced in the commonwealth.
 
Throughout design and construction, the PLCB was committed to developing a store that is attractive and environmentally responsible. Most store lighting is state-of-the-art LED or energy-efficient compact-fluorescent lighting, which uses a fraction of the energy of traditional lighting.
 
The Westtown Shopping Center Fine Wine & Good Spirits store will be open from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Sunday through Tuesday and from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Wednesday through Saturday. The store phone number is 610.436.1714. To find additional store locations and hours, visit www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.
 
The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.783.8864
 
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Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Releases Annual Report, Retail Year in Review

PublishDate: 2/1/2018 1:00 PM
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Comprehensive reports detail agency operations, sales

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today released its 2016-17 Annual Report and Retail Year in Review, two publications that provide insight into agency operations and sales.

 
The annual report, in its fifth year, provides detailed information about each area of the PLCB’s operations including store operations, licensing, marketing and merchandising, finance, supply chain, wholesale operations, information technology, alcohol education, and personnel. The document is filled with statistics and descriptions intended to shed light on how the agency works and where the money it generates goes.
 
Some of the highlights of the 2016-17 Annual Report include:

• The steps the PLCB took to implement the historic changes brought about by Act 39 of 2016, including the creation of a new Wholesale Operations division.
• A one-page summary showing where the PLCB’s money goes and how proceeds are distributed.
• A summary of store operations, including store branding efforts.
• A breakdown of the 71,000+ license and permit applications processed and more than 7,500 investigations completed, as well as a breakout of licenses by county.
• A summary of Bureau of Alcohol Education grants and efforts to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking.
 
The Retail Year in Review provides a detailed analysis of wine and spirits sales in Pennsylvania. It showcases sales by product category, individual products, counties, e-commerce, stores, and sales periods. Tracking consumer tastes across Pennsylvania and beverage alcohol industry trends enables the PLCB to analyze and improve its selection of products in more than 600 Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores across the state. This year’s report includes a new feature detailing sales of products traditionally associated with New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, and Cinco de Mayo, as well as an expanded section on sales of Pennsylvania-made products.
 

The 2016-17 Retail Year in Review includes the following findings:

• Allegheny, Philadelphia and Montgomery counties accounted for more than a third of the state’s total wine and spirits sales.
• The top five brands (by sales volume) in the commonwealth were Barefoot, Sutter Home, Pennsylvania’s own Jacquin’s, Captain Morgan, and Smirnoff.
• December 2016 and November 2016 were the highest sales months for the retail year, both in terms of dollar sales and number of transactions.
• Tito’s Handmade Vodka (750 mL) topped the list of products for units sold during the retail year, while Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey Old Number 7 (750 mL) achieved the highest dollar sales among individual products.
• Of the higher-volume counties, Lancaster, Philadelphia, and Northampton showed impressive sales growth over the prior year, with 5.7 percent, 5.2 percent, and 5.4 percent growth, respectively.
 
To save on costs, a limited number of copies of each report, both produced in-house, are printed. Both reports are available at www.lcb.pa.gov.
 
The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.783.8864
 
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Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Releases Annual Report, Retail Year in Review

PublishDate: 2/1/2018 1:00 PM
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Comprehensive reports detail agency operations, sales

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today released its 2016-17 Annual Report and Retail Year in Review, two publications that provide insight into agency operations and sales.

 
The annual report, in its fifth year, provides detailed information about each area of the PLCB’s operations including store operations, licensing, marketing and merchandising, finance, supply chain, wholesale operations, information technology, alcohol education, and personnel. The document is filled with statistics and descriptions intended to shed light on how the agency works and where the money it generates goes.
 
Some of the highlights of the 2016-17 Annual Report include:

• The steps the PLCB took to implement the historic changes brought about by Act 39 of 2016, including the creation of a new Wholesale Operations division.
• A one-page summary showing where the PLCB’s money goes and how proceeds are distributed.
• A summary of store operations, including store branding efforts.
• A breakdown of the 71,000+ license and permit applications processed and more than 7,500 investigations completed, as well as a breakout of licenses by county.
• A summary of Bureau of Alcohol Education grants and efforts to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking.
 
The Retail Year in Review provides a detailed analysis of wine and spirits sales in Pennsylvania. It showcases sales by product category, individual products, counties, e-commerce, stores, and sales periods. Tracking consumer tastes across Pennsylvania and beverage alcohol industry trends enables the PLCB to analyze and improve its selection of products in more than 600 Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores across the state. This year’s report includes a new feature detailing sales of products traditionally associated with New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, and Cinco de Mayo, as well as an expanded section on sales of Pennsylvania-made products.
 

The 2016-17 Retail Year in Review includes the following findings:

• Allegheny, Philadelphia and Montgomery counties accounted for more than a third of the state’s total wine and spirits sales.
• The top five brands (by sales volume) in the commonwealth were Barefoot, Sutter Home, Pennsylvania’s own Jacquin’s, Captain Morgan, and Smirnoff.
• December 2016 and November 2016 were the highest sales months for the retail year, both in terms of dollar sales and number of transactions.
• Tito’s Handmade Vodka (750 mL) topped the list of products for units sold during the retail year, while Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey Old Number 7 (750 mL) achieved the highest dollar sales among individual products.
• Of the higher-volume counties, Lancaster, Philadelphia, and Northampton showed impressive sales growth over the prior year, with 5.7 percent, 5.2 percent, and 5.4 percent growth, respectively.
 
To save on costs, a limited number of copies of each report, both produced in-house, are printed. Both reports are available at www.lcb.pa.gov.
 
The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.783.8864
 
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State Police Looking for Equine Donations

PublishDate: 1/31/2018 9:00 AM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2018
 
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania State Police is once again looking for a few good horses.
 
The force’s 26-horse mounted patrol unit is seeking donations of horses to be used statewide for searches, crowd control, security, and patrol operations of remote areas. As a secondary function, the animals participate in parades, demonstrations, and other community events.
 
Horses must be geldings between the ages of 5 and 15 years old. The horse must stand at least 16 hands tall (5 foot 4 inches at the shoulder) and less than 18 hands tall. Drafts and draft-crosses are preferred. Thoroughbreds and other “hot bloods” are less desirable. 
 
The animals must have quiet, sound dispositions and be free of serious stable vices. Horses will be accepted on a 120-day trial basis to determine their suitability. A veterinary examination will also be performed.
 
The Pennsylvania State Police maintains a stable at the Academy in Hershey and relies on donations for animals. 
 
To arrange a donation or get more information, please contact Corporal Carrie Neidigh at 717-533-3463 or cneidigh@pa.gov.
 
MEDIA CONTACTS:  Cpl. Adam Reed or Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
 
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Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Unveils ‘Know When. Know How.’ Statewide Alcohol Education Campaign

PublishDate: 1/23/2018 11:00 AM
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​Harrisburg – At a town-hall-style meeting of parents and community leaders at the Bear Creek School in Elizabethtown, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today unveiled a new public awareness campaign designed to spark conversations about alcohol use between parents and their elementary to middle-school-aged children.

The Know When. Know How. campaign is a statewide, research-based education and prevention effort targeted to Pennsylvania parents of children ages 8 through 12. The objective of the campaign is to prevent underage drinking by arming parents with the information, tools, and confidence they need to begin having meaningful and effective conversations about alcohol with their kids early and often, before trial or use of alcohol begins.

The campaign is based on PLCB-commissioned research including a statewide survey of more than 500 Pennsylvania parents with children under age 21, along with eight focus groups with parents of children between the ages of 5 and 15. Ninety-four percent of parents surveyed believed it is their responsibility to talk to their kids about alcohol. However, most parents are not familiar with the facts about underage drinking, the long-term effects alcohol can have on kids, the penalties for underage drinking, or when children start drinking.

“The research was incredibly helpful in helping us understand the thoughts and beliefs of Pennsylvania parents surrounding the issue of alcohol,” said Board Member Mike Negra, who participated in the campaign kickoff event. “Parents inherently understand their role in teaching their kids about alcohol, but many are unaware of how to start the conversation or how early they should begin talking.”

According to research presented in the Journal of Adolescent Health, one in three kids has tried alcohol by age 8, and at age 12 that number grows to two out of three. Additionally, according to the Journal of Substance Abuse, children who begin drinking by age 13 are four times more likely to become alcohol dependent later in life than those who do not.

“Since kids ages 8 to 11 are most receptive to parents’ feedback, it seemed only natural to design a campaign to give parents the tools they need to start talking to their kids earlier than they may have thought they should,” said Negra. “And it doesn’t have to be one big, intimidating ‘talk,’ either. In fact, teachable moments are more effective when they are brief, age-appropriate conversations that spring out of everyday experiences and grow as the children mature.”

The campaign has a heavy digital focus, while also including traditional television and radio commercials. Advertisements and campaign messaging highlight facts and statistics, emphasize the role of parental responsibility as it relates to prevention, offer tips and resources for parents on how to start the conversation with their kids about alcohol, and drive to the campaign website, www.KnowWhenKnowHow.org, for additional information. 

“Parents can play a critical role in educating their children on how to make decisions that lead to a safe and healthy life from a young age,” said Ellen DiDomenico, acting deputy secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, who joined the PLCB for the kick-off. “This campaign will empower parents to take an active role in helping their children make informed, safe, and responsible decisions as they grow and move into high school, college, and adulthood.”

The mobile-friendly website presents information about alcohol in digestible bits and pieces, so parents can become more comfortable discussing the topic without being overwhelmed. The website provides scenarios and tips on how parents can spark conversations about alcohol with their kids, and it features campaign advertisements and suggestions for how community partners in prevention can help promote the campaign.

The campaign was unveiled during a presentation and roundtable discussion among parents, educators, law enforcement officers, and PLCB staff at Bear Creek School, an intermediate school for students in grades four through six in the Elizabethtown Area School District, Lancaster County.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.783.8864

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