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Who We Are

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board was created by state law on Nov. 29, 1933, at the end of Prohibition. Pennsylvania is one of 17 states and two Maryland counties in the United States that controls the sale of alcohol.

The agency is governed by a three-member Board whose members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by two-thirds of the state Senate.

Tim Holden

Mike Negra
Board Member

Michael Newsome
Board Member

John Metzger, Executive Director
Charlie Mooney
Executive Director

The Board regulates – through a selective licensing process – more than 15,000 retail licensees including restaurants, taverns, hotels, clubs, etc., and more than 1,250 wholesale licensees in the commonwealth.

The PLCB's Bureau of Alcohol Education provides a comprehensive program to prevent underage and dangerous drinking. Annually, the bureau holds a conference for prevention professionals, distributes hundreds of thousands educational materials, holds an alcohol awareness poster contest and exhibits at health fairs and conferences.

The PLCB's Responsible Alcohol Management Program (RAMP) training assists licensees with identifying fraudulent IDs, preventing to sales to minors, recognizing and handling visibly intoxicated patrons, and understanding liability issues. In fiscal year 2015-16, 5,179 owners and managers and 44,359 servers and sellers have been trained through RAMP.

What We Do

As of June 30, 2016, there were 601 brick-and-mortar stores throughout the commonwealth including:


Standard stores


Premium Collection stores


Stores Inside
Grocery Stores


Licensee Centers / Wholesale stores


E-Commerce Site


Stores open
on Sundays

The PLCB operates 904,000 square feet of warehouse space, the equivalent of 19 football fields, contracted with three privately held Pennsylvania distribution center companies. In fiscal year 2015-16, more than 16.8 million cases were shipped from the distribution centers to stores.

Stores are leased from private landlords, infusing almost $45.65 million into the Pennsylvania economy. Nearly 94,000 wines and spirits are available atFine Wine & Good Spirits stores, through the PLCB eCommerce website or via Special Liquor Order.

As of June 30, 2016, there were 4,628 full/part-time employees (excluding seasonal) at the agency. Women represent 47 percent of the workforce and minorities represent 23 percent. Of the current agency employees, 2,359 are full-time store employees and 1,539 are part-time store employees.

Where the Money Goes

Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores generated more than $2.43 billion in sales and taxes.

Together, more than $626.3 million was returned to the General Fund and state and local government beneficiaries in fiscal year 2015-16.

  • The PLCB returned $583.6 million to the General Fund:
    • $348.0 million in liquor tax
    • $135.6 million in state sales tax
    • $100.0 million transferred to the General Fund
  • The Pennsylvania State Police received $26.1 million for the enforcement of liquor laws.
  • Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs received $3.3 million to educate and prevent problem alcohol use.
  • Philadelphia and Allegheny counties received $8.7 million in local sales taxes.
  • Local communities received $4.6 million in returned licensing fees.

In the last five years, the PLCB has provided:

  • More than $2.66 billion to the Pennsylvania General Fund
  • $122.5 million to the Pennsylvania State Police
  • $12.1 million to the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
  • $22.5 million to local communities

Distribution of Proceeds (In Millions)