With last year’s War on the LCB neutered and silenced late in December, the new year appears to bring good fortune (figuratively and literally) for the state’s once all but doomed booze board. So good in fact that officials from the LCB today approved an increase on the price of hundreds of bottles of wine and liquor. It’s the first price hike they’ve approved in more than 18 months. The board maintains they aren’t to blame. The Inquirer reports they’re only giving into vendors’ demands, which in turn ensures that Pennsylvania’s thirsty masses continue to see the booze they like on the shelves of the state’s liquor stores.
What’s more, every one of us who enjoyed a drink in the last year-and-a-half owes the LCB a big thank you for freezing prices while we weathered the worst of the economic apocalypse. So rather than look at it as an increased cost on drinking when price changes go into effect in February, we should consider it a way of giving back for letting us drink on the cheap through those tough times.