Inky columnists this morning, on the PLCB mess.

Rich Nichols checks in on the topic for the second straight week. Good stuff, but I’m disappointed to hear that Philly Beer Week borders end at Malvern; all those folks in Phoenixville, Exton, West Chester, Downingtown and Kennett Square will have to change their plans.

And there’s this from Craig LaBan, answering a question on his blog:

Reader: What do you make of this whole beer raid situation? Maybe this will begin the overthrow of our Prohibition-era liquor laws.

CL: I think the situation is complicated: There are good reasons to have basic liquor laws – but the Keystone Kops execution (to quote Don Russell) really irked people, smacking of overreaction and control-state bureaucracy and even a little personal vendetta on the part of one anonymous complainant who apparently launched the whole thing. These confiscated beers were at other unraided bars, too. Overall, it’s a black eye for our liquor control apparatus to have so clumsily taken a swipe at our growing beer scene – one of the most vital engines for restaurant growth, not to mention urban renewal, such as what Resurrection Ale House has brought to the neighborhood south of South. In the end, the bad publicity may end up having a positive effect in terms of reform (there’s a hearing in April, says colleague Rick Nichols, who has followed this story in today’s column). But don’t count on the demise of the PLCB any time soon.


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