Pa. Liquor Control Board releases beer delivery guidelines

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has issued guidelines for beer delivery.

The so-called advisory decision follows a board ruling late last year which essentially said restaurants can obtain the license necessary to deliver beer.

The state issued its recent release following a number of questions and applications for Transporter-for-Hire license needed for brew delivery.

“We’ve gotten approximately 70 (applications) in the last three months,” PLCB executive deputy chief counsel Rodrigo Diaz said. “The advisory notice tells them particulars about the license because this is a license most people don’t know much about.”

“Now we are saying if you get one, these are things you ought to know,” he added.

The rules say that a single sale cannot be more than 192 ounces, the same as a 12-pack of 16-ounce beers or two 6-packs. The purchase must occur during the order and before it arrives at the door, like ordering with your credit card over the phone.

The sale must happen before 2 a.m. and the restaurant needs that special license.

Here is the list released by the board:

  • A retail licensee cannot accept payment for the malt/brewed beverage at the time of the delivery. The sale must be completed on the retail licensee’s premises.
  • There are no limits on how much malt/brewed beverage a Transporter-for-Hire licensee can transport, but a single sale by a retail licensee cannot exceed 192 ounces (two sixpacks). Deliveries can occur at any time, but sales must take place before 2 a.m.
  • While food and non-alcoholic beverages can be included with the delivery of malt/brewed beverages, it is not required. Deliveries can only include items that are preordered by the customer, so a licensed transporter cannot use his/her vehicle to sell other items with the alcoholic beverages at the same time. For example, a licensed transporter cannot use its vehicle as a food truck.
  • The person making the delivery must be at least 21 years old. There must be written evidence the driver is an employee or a contractor of the licensed transporter.
  • The delivery vehicle must be identified with the Transporter-for-Hire licensee’s name, address, license number and the licensing identification (LID) number in letters at least 2 inches tall on each side of the vehicle. Magnetic signs are allowed.
  • The Transporter for Hire licensee is required to check the ID of the person accepting the delivery, and the licensee must maintain records documenting that verification.
  • The sale and/or delivery of alcohol to someone under the age of 21 years old or a visibly intoxicated person is a violation of the Liquor Code, and the retail licensee is liable for any violations.
  • A person or entity that holds multiple retail licenses needs only one Transporter-for-Hire license to cover all of its licensed establishments.

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