Costa legislation promotes Pa. craft spirit industry

HARRISBURG, May 4 – State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, today introduced two pieces of legislation to provide more options for consumers while promoting Pennsylvania’s thriving craft spirit industry.

House Bill 39 would allow limited distilleries to obtain a special permit to use at farmers' markets and food expos. With the permit, these distilleries would be able to offer tastings and sell their products for consumers to purchase.

Costa said these special permits would be similar to the permits currently issued to limited wineries.

House Bill 38 would expand the number of satellite locations for limited distilleries from two to five off-premise sites. The increase would permit the distilleries to have the same number of locations as Pennsylvania’s limited wineries.

Costa said the legislation spotlights this fast-growing business in the commonwealth.  

“These two bills would provide these small businesses with the additional exposure they need to market their products,” Costa said. “The distillery industry has grown at a rapid rate over the past few years and we need to keep the momentum going by promoting these businesses in the commonwealth."

In 2012, there were only four limited distilleries in Pennsylvania. Today, there are 26.