The PA Liquor Control Board is reporting that all PA Wine & Spirits stores will close at 3 p.m. today due to Hurricane Sandy.
The PLCB said it will continue to monitor the changing weather conditions to determine if the stores will remain closed or reopen on Tuesday as scheduled.
Therefore, it is possible that Pennsylvanians will not have access to booze until Wednesday morning.
Harrisburg economist Mark Price, in Twitter conversations with Keystone Politics, has suggested that economic laws of supply and demand will lead to an increase in mouthwash sales during the store closings, especially near college campuses.
“Suddenly, I am seeing the benefit in liquor privatization,” said Keystone Politics reporter Jake Sternberger, who has been a constant advocate against liquor privatization. “How could I have been so foolish?”
UPDATE: Reports are coming in from across the state that Hurricane 40 oz malt liquor is sold out at local six-pack dispensaries. Residents are reportedly settling for Colt 45 or in some cases Old Milwaukee “Pounders.”