Beer bill on its way to becoming law

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Freshly passed legislation to liberalize laws on the sale of beer in Pennsylvania is on its way to becoming law.

Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement Thursday that he’ll sign the bill. It passed the Senate and House in quick succession barely a day earlier.

Under it, beer distributors would be allowed to sell suds in any quantities, including individual 32-ounce bottles, four-packs, six-packs and growlers.

It also would let bars sell alcohol starting at 9 a.m. on Sundays, without a requirement to serve food, and allow consumers to legally participate in beer-of-the-month clubs that ship beer directly to their homes. Sporting venues also could sell mixed drinks.

The state’s 1,000-plus beer distributors had long sought the changes. It comes as the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board increasingly grants six-pack licenses to convenience stores and after sweeping changes to liquor laws enacted this summer allowed wine sales in grocery stores.

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