General chatter - No alcohol sold in NY grocery stores?




cbmare
06-04-2007, 02:58 PM
I was watching "The Next Food Network Star" last evening. There was something said about no alcohol being sold in New York grocery stores. Really? Why? Does that extend to beer and wine as well?


NotTheCheat
06-04-2007, 03:16 PM
You can get beer in a grocery store, but that's it. For some reason, NY has this weird law that you can either have a license to sell beer or a license to sell wine/liquor - but not both. How weird is that! Also, liquor stores weren't allowed to be open on Sundays until very recently.

ladybugnessa
06-04-2007, 03:17 PM
in maryland and pennsylvania you have to go to a package good stores (liquor store) for beer wine or alcohol. NONE is sold anywhere but a store specific to alcohol and they are not open on sunday.


phantastica
06-04-2007, 03:19 PM
I don't know for sure about NY, but in my state, you have to go specifically to a liquor store to buy any alcohol except for 3.2 beer (which is weak beer, I guess). You can't buy alcohol on Sundays, and the liquor stores are only open from like 9am-9pm.

alinnell
06-04-2007, 03:25 PM
Utah is the same way--only beer is sold in grocery stores. Anything else is sold in a state-run liquor store and those stores are closed Sundays and holidays.

My sister lives in Texas and there are some counties that are "dry" so you can't get anything anywhere--you have to go to the next county.

I sure like living in California better!

nelie
06-04-2007, 03:25 PM
I grew up in California and I always associated liquor stores for alcoholics and bums. When I moved away from California, I was amazed "normal" people went into liquor stores.

I think California may be one of the few states that sells all sorts of liquor in their grocery stores.

Maryland has wine and beer in grocery stores but I don't know if there is a percentage restriction. In Colorado, only low percentage alcohol beer can be sold in grocery stores.

ladybugnessa
06-04-2007, 03:30 PM
Maryland has wine and beer in grocery stores but I don't know if there is a percentage restriction.


Really which stores? I'd like to see them. I know Sutton Gourmet in Baltimore when they were open had wine but they also had a liquor license....

Never seen it at say Giant or Shoppers... or Mars or Super Fresh.....

even Trader Joes here can't sell their own house wines...

WaterRat
06-04-2007, 03:31 PM
Alaska sells no alcohol in the grocery store, though there are usually liquor stores adjacent to the grocery (i.e. in the same building). THere are also liquor stores not associated with grocery stores. In Costco (and probably Sam's CLub, but I don't go there) the liquor is in a fenced off section of the store, and you have to check out there. I much prefer buying wine in the grocery store, but, well, it's not worth moving for! :rofl:

nelie
06-04-2007, 03:32 PM
Really which stores? I'd like to see them. I know Sutton Gourmet in Baltimore when they were open had wine but they also had a liquor license....

Never seen it at say Giant or Shoppers... or Mars or Super Fresh.....

even Trader Joes here can't sell their own house wines...

I go to Magruder's and they have an entire aisle dedicated to wine and they also have beer.

I don't really notice alcohol much because I don't drink anymore but their beer seems to always be in my way.

ladybugnessa
06-04-2007, 03:34 PM
I go to Magruder's and they have an entire aisle dedicated to wine and they also have beer.

I don't really notice alcohol much because I don't drink anymore but their beer seems to always be in my way.

Never heard of them. must be local to your part of town.

Ruthxxx
06-04-2007, 03:37 PM
Well, in Ontario, wine, alcohol and beer are sold only in licenced stores - LCBO or Liquor Control Board of Ontario. A very few stores in small communities have sections that sell booze and it's very controlled. I prefer Quebec where you can pick up a bottle of wine in the local depanneur.

nelie
06-04-2007, 03:37 PM
Never heard of them. must be local to your part of town.

http://www.magruders.com

They have some really good prices, looks like they only have stores in MD/VA part of DC metro. I don't shop any other stores really except maybe Trader Joe's and Whole foods.

Giant is too expensive.

Goodbye Chubby
06-04-2007, 03:41 PM
Actually, in Maryland (at least in Baltimore City) you can go to the Rite-Aid drug store for beer, wine, and liquor (except on Sundays). I don't have a car, so I have to go there (only place within walking distance), especially since the nearest liquor store is really scary.

ladybugnessa
06-04-2007, 03:57 PM
Actually, in Maryland (at least in Baltimore City) you can go to the Rite-Aid drug store for beer, wine, and liquor (except on Sundays). I don't have a car, so I have to go there (only place within walking distance), especially since the nearest liquor store is really scary.

that's freaky cause i've never seen it in the county....

almostheaven
06-04-2007, 05:22 PM
Many states are the same. WV and NH both have state sanctioned liquor stores. Maybe in some way it DOES regulate the sales some, but I believe its more for the states to get their hands into the profits. Hard to tell. Beer and wine are sold in regular stores and gas stations. Its just hard liquor you have to go to a state store for.

lizziness
06-04-2007, 11:48 PM
"I grew up in California and I always associated liquor stores for alcoholics and bums. When I moved away from California, I was amazed "normal" people went into liquor stores."


I grew up in California too and thought the same thing. We would have never gone to the liquor store - it was somehow dangerous and wrong! Now I live in Oregon - you can buy beer and wine in the grocery store and that's it. I also think the liquor stores have regulations about being open on Sunday. I don't really understand it.

trekkiegirl
06-05-2007, 11:55 PM
I also noticed (I live in NY) when I wanted to purchase a particular kind of wine online for my mom for the holidays, it said it could only be signed for by the person it's intended for and that person better be prepared to show i.d. I decided it wasn't worth the potential hassle if my mom happened to not be home when they attempted to deliver it. And she probably would have chewed me out for spending too much money. :p

Funny thing with me is, I don't remember ever having been in a liquor store by myself. I don't drink. Sometimes I went with my mother when I was little and she bought the family wine for the dinner table. As an adult, again, either I've gone with my mother or my sister, both of whom sometimes give liquor as gifts. But since it's about as much use to me as a cigar store, I ignore it, lol. Of course, being from an Italian family, sometimes the relatives think I'm crazy for not wanting even wine...especially when some of them actually make it themselves.

ennay
06-07-2007, 01:39 PM
What cracks me up about PA's liquor laws is that you cant buy beer in the grocery store,but you can buy a 6 pack to go at restaurants. weird.