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Old 01-06-2009, 09:20 PM   #1
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FORA.tv - Is the Alcohol Distribution System Flawed?

"Glen Whitman discusses the ramifications of the three-tiered system of alcohol distribution, which forces manufacturers to sell their products through a limited number of distributors. He says the lack of competition leads to increased prices and decreased selection."

I don't really have an opinion as I'm not economically-minded, but I found it interesting nonetheless. Thoughts?
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:26 PM   #2
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Yes it is. My county in MD buys all liquor/wine/spirits that enter the county and then Beer & wine stores buy from them. If you want liquor, you have to buy it from a county owned story. Its all so they can make $

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Old 01-06-2009, 09:35 PM   #3
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I personally believe that home distilling for persoanl use (not sold) should be legalized. I mean you can make beer, wine, and many other types of alcohol but it is against the law to make your own whiskey.

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Yes, in NC you can buy beer in any store as long as its less than 15% and wine anywhere no matter the ABV. Liquor is only sold at the ABC store regardless of the ABV. Why is it that all three types may have the same ABV (lets say 20%) and one is completely illegal (beer), one can be bought at any grocery or convenience store (wine), and one (liquor) can only be bought at a government controlled store and only Monday-Saturday 11AM-9PM??

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Oregon has a 3-tier system and it really amazes me that craft brewing has done well here. It certainly drives the prices up.

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My beef with the system, is that it limits distribution. Beer should be available to any retailer that wants to sell it.

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I personally believe that home distilling for persoanl use (not sold) should be legalized. I mean you can make beer, wine, and many other types of alcohol but it is against the law to make your own whiskey.
The process of making whiskey is very dangerous; I don't think it has much to do with the govt losing tax money.
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In PA the craft beer in my local little six pack store sells for an average of $18-21/6.

Any craft beer. Bud Ice sells for $11/6.

Outrageous.

The only other option is the state stores that can only sell cases or kegs.

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In PA the craft beer in my local little six pack store sells for an average of $18-21/6.

Any craft beer. Bud Ice sells for $11/6.

Outrageous.

The only other option is the state stores that can only sell cases or kegs.
I'm still confused on how to buy beer in PA. Last time I was there (over Christmas) I went to a 6 pack store, the selection was BMC and Yuengling. Ok, its attached to a bar I figure I'll find better at a State Run store with bad hours. I go there, great selection, I can get a case of Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale 22's for $53. Great price but I gotta buy a whole case? What if you want to try something new how do you do that?
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In PA the craft beer in my local little six pack store sells for an average of $18-21/6.

Any craft beer. Bud Ice sells for $11/6.

Outrageous.

The only other option is the state stores that can only sell cases or kegs.
Have you been to the foodery at 2nd and poplar? Never bought beer there but I go to standard tap (across the street) all the time and I hear the foodery has a good selection. I'm in ridley park so I go to other places for 6ers and single bombers. Usually go the the beer yard in wayne for cases and sixtels.
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