Thinking Pennsylvanians, unite!

Regular readers of this site know I hold no love for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and this state’s monopoly on wine and liquor sales. I’ve thought about starting a movement to get these things thrown out. It turns out I don’t need to, because someone else already has. As part of this, he’s compiling […]

Important for one day

Pennsylvania Welcome Sign, originally uploaded by WestendRaider. Today I had this email exchange with a friend who lives in San Francisco: San Fran Friend: So how does it feel to be the center of the country’s attention? MBM: I love it. I’m going to be so bummed Thursday when everyone starts ignoring us again. I […]

Lost and found in western Pennsylvania

  Main Street in downtown Butler, PA, originally uploaded by cynthiacloskey. This afternoon I was scheduled to meet up with friends at a coffee shop in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. I don’t go to Shadyside often, so I printed out some directions, hopped in the car, and headed south. About halfway there I realized […]

Drink — then you’ll see…

Through the kindness of friends, I recently acquired a bottle of Lucid, the sort-of-recently introduced legal absinthe that’s now available here in Pennsylvania and in the rest of the U.S. It’s a very pricey spirit, costing over $60 in PA and about that much elsewhere. Perhaps you’ve wondered, as I did, is it worth the […]

All of this took less time than it took me to explain to a clerk at a PLCB “Premium Spirits” store what Armagnac was.

Peterb of Tea Leaves finds the mecca of quality liquor. It’s in Kansas City. Actually, I’m confident that it’s just anywhere outside of the borders of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To catch you up on the latest developments in my on-going saga to purchase creme de violette: I sent an email to the special order […]

Violets for your furs

Violets, originally uploaded by Il conte di Luna. There’s an interesting discussion going on in the comments from my post on Monday about the question of privatizing the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Do take a look and chime in with your views. In the meantime, I want to add an example of what frustrates me […]