PLCB Adopts New Policy—“R” License Holder Must Allow Drinking on Premises
Although no provisions exist in either the liquor code or PLCB regulations, the PLCB has adopted a new policy concerning on-premises wine and beer consumption. The PLCB has decided that restaurant (R) liquor licensees must allow customers to consume beer on licensed premises. According to the new policy, R licensees are not required to sell all types of alcohol at all times. Instead, R licensees need only to offer to sell beer for on-premises consumption during the times that it is offering to sell beer for off-premises consumption. Similarly, R licensees need only offer to sell wine for on-premises consumption during the times that it is offering to sell wine for off-premises consumption.
The amount of beer and/or wine that is offered for on-premises consumption can be minimal as long as it is at least one standard size drink per customer per day. A standard size drink is defined as a 12-ounce beer or a 4-ounce glass of wine. R licensees do not have to offer the same brands of beer and wine for on-premises consumption as it does for off-premises consumption.
The new policy is an attempt to stop the proliferation of the “six pack to go” shops that offer only take out products.