State beer distributors can sell 12-packs

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s beer distributors are getting the green light to sell brew by the 12-pack.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board issued an advisory legal opinion Friday that says distributors may sell 12-packs if the manufacturer designates it for sale as a 12-pack.

The ruling clears up the rules for beer distributors, which have had to sell beer mainly by the case or keg for decades.

Frank Pistella, a Pittsburgh distributor who’s vice president of the Pennsylvania Malt Beverage Distributors Association, says distributors may have to sell down their current inventory before they’ll have 12-packs designated for sale by the manufacturers.

Pistella says prices of specialty beers are around $40 a case nowadays, so 12-packs will make those high-end brews more affordable for consumers.

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