If you live in Pennsylvania, you are probably aware of all the regulations surrounding the sale of liquor, wine, beer and cider within the state. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has many regulations in place, including one that states that hard apple ciders must weigh in at under 5.5% alcohol by volume (ABV). If a product contains higher than 5.5%, it is considered an apple wine. That is why all of our sessionable ciders contain below the established ABV mark, allowing us to legally craft and distribute hard apple cider within the state.
But the legalities of selling our cider don’t stop at the ABV level. Since the end of Prohibition, beer distributors in Pennsylvania have only been able to sell beer and cider by the case or keg. If you wanted to purchase a smaller quantity, you had to buy it at a grocery or convenience store with a restaurant license or at a bar or restaurant with a carry-out license—usually at a significant markup in price.
Happily, a landmark legal advisory opinion from the PLCB in March 2015 now permits distributors to sell 12-packs. The only condition is that the 12-pack must be sold as is, with no modifications to the original packaging by retailers—so a distributor can’t just split a 24-pack into two 12-packs. What this means for fans of our hard cider is that, as long as we produce an original package containing 12 ciders, you can now legally purchase a 12-pack of Jack’s at a distributor in Pennsylvania.
Why is this good news for consumers? We all know that sometimes a case of 24 is too much and a 6-pack isn’t nearly enough for a gathering. Additionally, this allows for greater choice as well as the ability to mix and match our ciders. Can’t decide between our flagships Original or Helen’s Blend? No problem, now you can grab a 12-pack each!
Additionally, our 12-pack packaging is its own convenient carrying case. Cans are packaged similarly to a 12-pack of soda, so you can just slip your fingers into the handle and off you go to your party! It makes clean-up easier, too. Simply put the cans back into the case and leave no mess behind.
Jack’s Hard Cider — Produced from Pennsylvania Apples. Pressed On-Site. Never from Concentrate.