LCE: Craigslist bourbon sale ends in charges for Yorker

Liz Evans Scolforo

People can advertise nearly all their stuff on Craigslist. Pets? Antiques? Casual encounters? Check, check, checkity-check.

But a bottle of bourbon — even high-falutin' bourbon? Not in Pennsylvania you don't, mister.

State liquor control enforcement agents issued a news release Friday stating a misdemeanor charge of selling liquor without a license had been filed against a York County man for allegedly doing just that.

According to the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, Wade Collingsworth advertised a 20-year-old bottle of Pappy Van Winkle's bourbon whiskey on Craigslist.

Pappy Van Winkle's bourbon
(Courtesy of Flickr)

State liquor agents met Collingsworth in the 300 block of Linden Street in Columbia, Lancaster County, on Dec. 29 and bought the bourbon, the release states.

It's produced by Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, and has a retail price of about $170, according to the company's website — and that's assuming you can even get your hands on one of the elusive bottles.

Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve is often difficult to find because demand far exceeds the limited supply, according to The Atlantic magazine and numerous other media reports.

Pappy Van Winkle's 20-year-old Family Reserve bourbon
(Photo courtesy of Wikimedia)

It was not immediately known how much state liquor agents paid Collingsworth for the coveted bottle of bourbon. The LCE's Harrisburg district office commander did not return a phone message seeking comment.

Collingsworth, 45, of Manchester Township, could not be reached for comment Monday; his phone number had been disconnected.

On Monday afternoon, a staff member in the office of District Judge Miles Bixler said the office received the charges against Collingsworth earlier  Monday.

Buffalo Trace Distillery's website says its bourbon is full-bodied and "reminiscent of oiled leather, smoke, minerals, coffee and cigar boxes."

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According to The Atlantic: "Anthony Bourdain adores it! David Chang drinks it! And now that everyone knows about it, your chances of getting this much-coveted bourbon, which were already basically nil, are even more nil."

Especially if it gets seized by state liquor agents.

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