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Pennsylvania high court to delve into beer sales dispute

The Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s highest court is wading into a dispute about whether convenience stores can carry beer in a state known for its strict limits on alcohol sales.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation Tuesday that will allow the state’s more than 1,000 beer distributors to sell suds in any quantity. That includes individual 32-ounce bottles, four-packs, six-packs and growlers. The law takes effect in 60 days.

The state Supreme Court on Tuesday said it was taking a case that pits the state’s beer distributors against the Liquor Control Board and the company that runs Sheetz stores.

The justices will be considering whether a convenience store can sell beer and gasoline without violating state law.

They want the sides to argue the meaning of the words “location,” ‘’place” and “property.”

That’s because the Liquor Code bans alcohol sales licenses in locations, places and properties where liquid fuels and oil are sold.

Only about a dozen businesses that have gasoline pumps currently sell beer to go in Pennsylvania.