It may be Tuesday night, but you can bet with confidence that there will be plenty of drinks on New Year’s Eve to start the 2020s on a high note.
Pennsylvania liquor laws have come a long way since the turn of the century. Grocery stores now have a salty selection of beer and wine. You can even get drinks in small quantities of Wawas, although most of the state’s business goes through Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores.
One of the advantages of a system with tight state control is that there are a lot of publicly available statistics about what we consume.
In its annual report, the Pennsylvania Board of Alcohol Control published data for the fiscal year 2018-2019, including data on the most popular drinks sold in every county.
In Philadelphia, the three best drinks were Hennessy cognac (750 ml), Tito’s Handmade vodka (1.75 liters) and Hennessy cognac (375 ml).
The most popular drink in Pennsylvania, as well as in the counties surrounding Philadelphia, was handmade Tito vodka (1.75 liters). Most of central Pennsylvania was a rum country led by Captain Morgan’s original spiced rum (1.75 liters).
Throughout the state, PLCB recorded record sales of $ 2.67 billion (including alcohol and sales tax), up 2.9% from the previous fiscal year. This growth is partly due to the expansion of FineWineandGoodSpirits.com and the new e-commerce sales center, which has quadrupled the number of offers for online shoppers.
The full report, available here, offers a more detailed breakdown of liquor and wine sales throughout Pennsylvania. This map, compiled by the Pennsylvania Star Capital, offers an interactive overview of the top three drinks in each of the state’s 67 counties.