Beer packaging changes pass Pennsylvania House

FILE - This is a Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 file photo of bottles of Budweiser beer in a shop window in London. Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch InBev on Wednesday Nov. 11, 2015 announced a final agreement to buy SABMiller for 71 billion pounds ($107 billion), in a deal that will combine the world's two biggest brewers and create a company that makes almost a third of the beer consumed worldwide. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Beer distributors may soon be getting the authority to sell suds in smaller quantities, and fans at sporting venues could be allowed to buy liquor.

The state House voted 133 to 59 late Wednesday night to alter how beer is packaged and sold, allowing configurations such as six packs and growlers at distributors.

It also would let bars sell alcohol starting at 9 a.m. on Sundays, without a requirement to serve food, and allow consumers to have up to 192 ounces of beer per month shipped directly to their homes from out-of-state wholesalers or retailers.

The measure is now on its way to the state Senate for its consideration.

It follows sweeping changes to Pennsylvania liquor laws enacted this summer, including allowing wine sales in grocery stores.

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