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Jun 10, 2009 12:49 AM

Wegman's has beer!!!!

Alright! Stopped at Wegman's after I went to the regal in warrington to see Up! tonite and they now have cold beer. The area was blocked off due to the lateness of the hour but I will be checking out their selection asap. Maybe some day we hounds from Pa will even be able to get two buck chuck at TJs.

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  1. Wegmans has a great selection of micros and seasonals.

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    1. re: Mr Siegal

      Crazy huh? I think the old PA controlled system may finally be crumbling. It's SO outdated. Whenever I go back to visit, it just floors me that I have to go to a state store for wine or a distributor for beer. In a town where there is a bar on every corner!

      Think of the $$$ the state could save by not having to build/maintain/staff state stores. There's something to be said for tax revenue. Are they still limiting the # of liquor licenses? It appears that may be the case since some Wegman's are already selling beer and others are not. Anyway, sorry to hijack your thread. I'm thrilled for this sign of progress in PA.

      p.s. The Williamsport PA Wegman's has had beer for about a year now.

      1. re: lynnlato

        Thanks for your comments lynn and you didn't high jack my thread at all. We PA'ers deserve a little sympathy. Even the mods here on chowhound show us some mercy once in awhile with inquiries on where to get beer booze and wine in PA and don't automatically move such stuff to the general board. We thirsty Pennsylvanians need all the help and support to find our oasis. Vidalia in Lansdale used to sell beer also and have samplings. I used to love to grab a beer and head up to their cafe to check my email and such. Fellow hounds have informed me that Foodtown, Vidalia's replacement, will sell beer too. I think there is some sort of beer event in the daytime at the warrington wegman's this sat. Mmmmm beer and crabcakes!

        1. re: givemecarbs

          What time Carbs? I may want to head over.

    2. I thought it was still illegal for beer to be sold in supermarkets in PA, but on doing a little googling I discovered that Wegman's won a case allowing it to sell beer in the cafes that are attached to the unfortunately I don't think you'll see cold beer on the shelves of your regular supermarket yet.

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      1. re: rocknroll52

        I think we are going to start seeing stores adding cafes solely for the purpose of selling beer , I think storeowners in PA are kicking themselves that they never thought of this

      2. How is it being sold? Is it in the cafe section? Is it in it's own section? single bottles or 6 packs? Other malt beverages or stuff like Zima, Smirnoff Ice? Inquiring minds want to know.

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        1. re: PattiCakes

          It is kind of in its own section within the cafe area. You pay through the cafe checkout. It is mostly 6 and 12 packs, with some single bottles and also a lot of the large single bottle bombers (22oz). They did have hard cider and probably some other malt beverages as well. I've read that they will be expanding the single bottle selection for more drinking at the cafe.

          1. re: leepinleemur

            I don't see Wegmans and their cafe selling beer any differently than local bars selling 6-packs to go. That said I don't think you will see them selling cases (like they do in New York) any time soon.

            I'll be curious of how their pricing is though.

            1. re: mitchh

              you are right mitch they can only sell from the cafe and that is how they won their case; our legislators in Harrisburg will have to change the law in order to allow beer to be sold on the supermarket or convenience store shelves. I really hope they make this change but it's not looking good.

              1. re: rocknroll52

                And more and more supermarkets do have cafes (new Giants, Genuardis and the like), but I don't see them going to the hassle of redesigning/re-equipping these areas to accommodate beer sales.

                IMO Wegmans didn't build those huge refrigeration units with the sole intention to display 15 different brands of water, 30 varieties of soda, 20 varieties of juices/teas, etc. Their intention was to sell beer from the beginning and as soon as they won that suit they were going to move forward from day 1.

            2. re: leepinleemur

              Is the mark-up on beer as outrageous as in most take-out spots? Prices at NJ Wegmans are like their grocery products, some prices are great and some outrageous.

              1. re: dkbk

                I didn't have time to really look around, as I was just stopping to pick up lunch, but after a quick skim, the prices all seemed pretty darn reasonable. And you know, for the convenience of having such a great (really, fantastic) selection, I'll pony up the extra dollar with a smile on my face.

          2. A number of Wegman's across the state are now licensed and equipped to sell beer alongside their cafe, including State College, Williamsport, Silver Spring Twp/West Shore Harrisburg, and now in the Philadelphia suburbs.

            The selection is excellent, a lot of microbrews and some of the more intriguing imports, as well as some mass-market beers. Prices are very much in line with nearby bottle shops and bars for six-packs, some of the large singles may be a tad pricier at Wegman's. Each store's selection is different (of the ones I have visited), with very local brewpubs and micro brewers represented.

            Yay for Wegman's! Hopefully this is the first crack in the Berlin Wall of PA's crazy PLCB system, but expect the distributors to fight back and to spread money around the legislature.

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            1. re: Dan D

              I have a friend that works there and he believes it is the last one in PA to get the beer. They have some of the "regulars" but only in 6 pk so you would be better off buy these at a distributor as far as price. They have a good selection of microbrews and imports. He mentioned some would be ones you would have to special order at distributor. As I think people have stated previously, you can drink them in the cafe. And I believe they will be looking to add more selection later on.

              1. re: Dan D

                The Allentown, Bethehem, and Nazareth Wegmans now all sell beer. Pricing is reasonable by PA 6-pack standards; about a buck more than you'd pay at a MD or NJ liquor store. Selection in Allentown is decent.

                Several Weis Markets now also sell beer. The one in Schnecksville (branded Kings) does; the one in Broadcasting Square in Reading (Spring Twp) is supposed to be doing so soon.


                1. re: bucksguy14

                  I only go to the State Store, oops, I mean Wine & Spirits store in Maple Glen. Both Aurelia and Chris are very knowledgeable about the wines they sell and the location of everything in the store. They are pleasant and go out of their way to be helpful.

                  1. re: crazyspice

                    The Maple Glen state store is great. But have you been to the one in Flourtown? They have a huge selecton, best in the area!

                    1. re: AmblerGirl

                      I have not. I am never in that area. But, I will make it a point to check it out. Thanks!

                    2. re: crazyspice

                      I'll have to give that a try, as well as the Flourtown store that AmblerGirl touted. My comparisons are - when I'm headed to Pt. Pleasant Beach, I detour to Canal's at the Mercer Mall and when I'm headed to Bethany Beach, I make sure there's a stop planned at Total Wine in DE. Both of those stores make PA stores look puny and the people who work there know what the sell, where it's located and usually can give you a first-hand experience with the product. On top of that, the price points are better and in DE, there's no tax!

                      1. re: bucksguy14

                        There is definitely no comparason of a store like Canal's to our puny state stores, no matter how good of a state store it is. Canal's is great. We always stop at Total Wine when we head down 95, I feel like a kid in a candy store when I am there.

                        1. re: bucksguy14

                          I have been to Total Wine. Unfortunately, it isn't on any route I normally take. I do have to say, with all of the major changes in our laws here in PA, including the state Stores opening on sundays, I remain surprised we have not been successful in privatizing liquor sales.

                          1. re: crazyspice

                            Only way we will privatize liquor sales is if we can use the sale to help solve a budget problem.

                            On topic... I am curious if anyone can compare Wegmans bomber selection to either the Candlewyck's or Capone's ... (wont even ask if they approach the Foodery..

                            1. re: cwdonald

                              Don't understand the term "bomber selection"?

                              1. re: bucksguy14

                                Bomber = large beer. In this case, he's probably referring to the 22 oz'ers.

                                1. re: Boognish

                                  Bomber, as in getting bombed? If that's the case, I get it. It's what I see at the Eagles tailgates!

                                  1. re: bucksguy14

                                    Okay this thread is really making me thirsty! Happy July 4th to all my fellow chowhounds who celebrate!

                                    1. re: givemecarbs

                                      lol! Sorry I'm late to reply. Hope you had a good one. I'll head up to Wegmans next Saturday in Warminster to hoist a few. Cheers!

                      2. re: rdcuff

                        Just discovered the Allentown Wegmans has beer. This must have happened in the past couple of weeks since I'm there all the time and didn't see it before (but heard it was coming). Anyway, the selection of microbrews is pretty good but prices are high IMO, although probably in line with other 6-pack stores. I bought a 12-pack sampler of Smuttynose for $17.99 I think. I suspect a case of same would be $25 or so at a case store. I'd stick to Shangy's for selection and price but will probably pick up beer at Wegmans once in a while for the sake of convenience.

                        1. re: lvsnyder

                          $17.99 is not really very overpriced for a 12 pack of Smuttynose. Full cases of craft beers (Smutty included) are definitely in the $35 range in Philly case stores. For your $25 you'd be getting a case from Philly Brewing Co.

                    3. Saw some new Indian specialities on the hot food bar at the Warrington location yesterday. They smelled really good. I was eyeing the butter chicken especially. Anyone try them?