He is also halfway wrong about alcohol reform. Yuengling is right that Pennsylvania’s adults should not be treated like children, and should be allowed to buy 6-packs or cases of beer in each and every supermarket, without the hassle of having to check out twice. But he is wrong that changing the laws warrant special protections for beer distributors.
The beer distributors should be free to sell six-packs and loose beers alongside cases of beer and kegs, and compete with the supermarkets on price and selection. But every grocery store should have this right too. Restaurants and bars should not have to compete with supermarkets for a limited supply of R licenses. That needlessly makes it more expensive to open a restaurant or bar. State lawmakers need to create a new G license that is not capped, that any grocery or convenience store can buy for a flat fee of around $5000 or so.
Will some beer distributors make less money in a more competitive market like this? Of course. But I don’t see why any politicians should care about that. Businesses outcompete other businesses every day. Life goes on, and consumers are better off for this competition and churn. It’s not like every beer distributor is going to go out of business. Beer distributors continue to exist in other states that sell six-packs in grocery stores. That’s because there’s still a market for kegs and for craft cases for the beer nerd set. The case for special protections for this weird business model is every bit as weak as Yuengling’s argument for Right to Work and his opinion of Tom Corbett’s leadership.