Pennsylvania's breweries and beer distributors are worrying about how lawmakers may liberalize the system of selling beer and wine, and whether they'll be forced to compete at a disadvantage with bigger, better-prepared competitors.
The state House of Representatives passed a bill last week to allow wine sales at beer distributors and some grocery stores, while allowing groceries to sell beer through a separate restaurant-style area.
Governor Tom Corbett supports it, but the Senate's likely to change it. The bill also could mean the closing of state-controlled liquor stores. But Pennsylvania-based brewers worry they'll have to compete with better-selling national beer brands for less shelf space in each outlet.
Meanwhile, distributors worry that big supermarkets will undercut their beer sales and are better prepared to handle wine and liquor.
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