HAZLETON -- The Pennsylvania Senate says people in the commonwealth have been asking for more convenient ways to buy their beer, so legislators in the senate voted 48-0 to pass a law that would now allow beer distributors to sell six-packs.
It's great news for beer distributors like The Beer Store in Hazleton. The law would allow them to sell six-packs directly to consumers.
For a long time, distributors could only sell cases. Recently the law changed to allow 12-packs and now this.
"It should be quite advantageous to us," said owner George Leitner, saying the sale of12-packs made a difference to his business.
Places like Hell's Kitchen on Broad Street in Hazleton are concerned the boost in business for beer distributors may come at the expense of stores and restaurants that are only allowed to sell six-packs.
"I feel as though they are allowed to sell six-packs, we should be able to sell cases of beer," said owner Keith Kojeszewski. "Because elsewise we are going to be put out of business. They can sell it a lot cheaper because they are buying it direct."
The owner of Hell's Kitchen hopes legislators weigh the convenience for consumers to buy beer with the interest of small businesses trying to survive selling them.
The proposed legislation still has to pass a vote from the state House of Representatives in Harrisburg, and then it will be sent to the governor.