Beer and Liquor Advertising

Liquor (47 P.S. § 4-493, 4-498)

Under Pennsylvania law, manufacturers and retailers are allowed to advertise their products and prices; however, all such advertisements are subject to Federal and State laws.

Any advertisements of price may not contain any of the following:

  • False, deceptive or misleading statements;
  • Statements disparaging of the products of competitors; or
  • Monetary comparisons of brands.

Indirect price advertising terms such as “special,” “half price, rebate available,” are legal.

The following restrictions apply to advertisements for alcoholic or malt beverages:

  • The advertiser must be clearly identified in the ad.
  • No licensee may distribute price lists off of the premises as a means of advertising.
  • No printed advertisements are permitted within 300 feet of a church, school or public playground.
  • No advertisements may be directed at minors to promote the illegal consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  • No advertisements are permitted in publications by, for , or on behalf of any educational institution.
  • Obscene advertisements are prohibited.
  • Advertisements may not contradict the ideals of safety or safe driving programs.
  • Licensees may not advertise any alcoholic beverages if he does not actually have a sufficient supply of the beverages on hand to meet the normally expected demands.
  • Advertisements may not refer to the alcoholic strength of a malt beverage in any manner in order to induce consumers to buy the product. Terms such as “full strength,” “extra strength,” “high proof,” etc. are prohibited.
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