The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that dozens of Pennsylvania state troopers raided some Philly bars for selling unregistered brands of beer:
Although the bar owners had bought the beer legally from licensed Pennsylvania distributors and had paid all the necessary taxes, the police claimed that nobody had registered the precise names of the beers with the state Liquor Control Board – a process that requires the brewers or their importers to pay a $75 registration fee for each product they want to sell in Pennsylvania.
The police confiscated 20 bottles and three kegs. Aren’t we all safer now? Someone might have bought those beers that hadn’t been registered, instead of buying other brands of beer at the same bar. The horror.
All the more reason to privatize the LCB.