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Kimberly Selemba, left, and Alexandra Sacavage, right, of McNees Wallace & Nurick. Kimberly Selemba, left, and Alexandra Sacavage, right, of McNees Wallace & Nurick.

The groundhog says spring is just around the corner, and we are inching closer to the warm weather and cold drinks of summer. When temperatures rise, there is no better relief than an icy beverage. Some may already be familiar with the reimagining of the iconic slushie, a sugary staple sold at convenience stores, as an adult beverage that has become hugely popular in Pennsylvania. Perhaps you have seen or tried one of these spiked slushies at a winery or purchased one at a beer distributor. Consumers take for granted that there are intricate state regulations that govern the sale of these tasty treats, but in a control state like Pennsylvania, those individuals and businesses with liquor licenses must pay close attention to the rules. In this article, using commentary from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s (PLCB) advisory notices and advisory opinions, we will examine different types of Pennsylvania liquor licensees and their ability to create, serve and sell alcoholic slushies.

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