The site's logo: A unicorn with a wine bottle for a horn. Pretty great.

Every day across Pennsylvania, about 14 percent of the 14,000 alcohol-related products the state's Liquor Control Board sells in its 600 monopoly retail stores are available in only one of them. That's 2,000 products, for one reason or another, for sale in just one place in the commonwealth's 46,000 square-miles.

The PLCB's sites make them almost impossible to find.

So we did it for you.*

These are the unicorns. These are the boozicorns.

14 December 2017

total boozicorns

stores with boozicorns

top 10 stores

22

whisk(e)y

  1. mortlach single malt scotch 25 year old 86 proof (1)

    $799.99 :: 750 ML

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  2. antiquary scotch whisky 21 year old 86 proof (3)

    $87.99 :: 750 ML

    5990 university blvd, coraopolis

    412.269.2607 :: regular-ass store

  3. westland american single malt whiskey sherry wood 92 proof (1)

    $79.99 :: 750 ML

    1602 cochran rd, pittsburgh

    412.306.3916 :: regular-ass store

  4. bowmore single malt scotch darkest sherry finished islay 15 year old (1)

    $75.99 :: 750 ML

    619 pittsburgh rd, uniontown

    724.439.7113 :: regular-ass store

  5. the glenlivet nadurra scotch 16 year old (1)

    $69.99 :: 750 ML

    2547 e market st, york

    717.751.6884 :: premium collection

  6. stranahan's diamond peak whiskey 94 proof (1)

    $69.99 :: 750 ML

    2310 linglestown rd, harrisburg

    717.671.8751 :: premium collection

  7. masterson's straight rye whiskey 10 year old 90 proof (1)

    $62.99 :: 750 ML

    3415 pleasant valley blvd, ste 82, altoona

    814.943.6520 :: premium collection

  8. koval bourbon single cask 1211 110 proof (1)

    $59.99 :: 750 ML

    821 w lancaster ave, ste 310, wayne

    610.964.5030 :: premium collection

  9. koval rye whiskey single barrel cask 1841 110 proof (6)

    $59.99 :: 750 ML

    1476 brodhead rd, monaca

    724.773.7401 :: regular-ass store

  10. ardbeg scotch 10 year old with glasses (1)

    $51.99 :: 750 ML

    8705 germantown ave, philadelphia

    215.753.4520 :: premium collection

  11. west cork single malt irish whiskey 10 year old 80 proof (6)

    $41.99 :: 750 ML

    724 south st, philadelphia

    215.560.6900 :: regular-ass store

  12. dewars white label scotch and highland honey 2 pk (7)

    $39.99 :: 1.5 L

    2807 s front st, philadelphia

    215.952.1000 :: regular-ass store

  13. the glenrothes select reserve single malt speyside scotch 80 proof (1)

    $39.99 :: 750 ML

    1628 john f kennedy blvd, philadelphia

    215.560.5702 :: regular-ass store

  14. knob creek straight bourbon whiskey belmont stakes 9 years 100 proof (2)

    $35.99 :: 750 ML

    4301 chestnut st, philadelphia

    215.823.6795 :: regular-ass store

  15. cradle of liberty white whiskey (5)

    $24.99 :: 750 ML

    1001 scott town ctr., bloomsburg

    570.784.1768 :: regular-ass store

  16. antiquary original red scotch whisky 80 proof (13)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    5990 university blvd, coraopolis

    412.269.2607 :: regular-ass store

  17. cutty sark prohibition scotch whisky 100 proof (2)

    $18.04 :: 750 ML

    5956 centre ave, ste 201, pittsburgh

    412.204.8002 :: premium collection

  18. bird dog bourbon (2)

    $17.99 :: 750 ML

    1991 sproul rd, spc 37, broomall

    610.325.5248 :: premium collection

  19. cinerator cinnamon flavored whiskey (1)

    $14.99 :: 750 ML

    1446 point breeze ave, philadelphia

    215.952.1032 :: regular-ass store

  20. red stag hardcore cider whiskey (2)

    $12.99 :: 750 ML

    12 e hinckley ave, ridley park

    610.595.3410 :: regular-ass store

  21. george dickel no 8 tennessee whiskey80 proof (2)

    $12.04 :: 750 ML

    2 village ctr, tunkhannock

    570.836.2366 :: regular-ass store

  22. bird dog bourbon with four 100 ml (1)

    $11.99 :: 400 ML

    1067 n front st, philipsburg

    814.342.8153 :: regular-ass store

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13

rum

  1. berry's own selection rum fiji 9 year old 92 proof (4)

    $89.99 :: 750 ML

    2429 south st, philadelphia

    215.731.2080 :: regular-ass store

  2. pyrat xores rum gift (1)

    $29.99 :: 750 ML

    102 n 8th ave, lebanon

    717.272.1979 :: regular-ass store

  3. plantation old fashioned traditional dark rum overproof 138 proof (47)

    $29.99 :: 1 L

    125 w. dekalb pk, king of prussia

    610.768.3102 :: premium collection

  4. bacardi 8 rum 8 year old 80 proof with glasses (1)

    $24.99 :: 750 ML

    3735 west chester pk , ste 201, newtown square

    610.325.2360 :: premium collection

  5. bacardi rum 151 proof (2)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    605 main st, forest city

    570.785.5305 :: regular-ass store

  6. appleton estate rum vx with ice cube trays (2)

    $18.99 :: 750 ML

    821 w lancaster ave, ste 310, wayne

    610.964.5030 :: premium collection

  7. captain morgan parrot bay rum punch cocktail ready to drink (1)

    $15.99 :: 1.75 L

    327 3rd st, california

    724.938.5350 :: regular-ass store

  8. malibu winter edition caribbean rum (5)

    $14.99 :: 750 ML

    10 old clairton rd, pittsburgh

    412.650.8263 :: premium collection

  9. bacardi gold rum 80 proof (1)

    $13.99 :: 1 L

    125 w. dekalb pk, king of prussia

    610.768.3102 :: premium collection

  10. malibu island spiced rum (1)

    $11.99 :: 750 ML

    3718 easton-nazareth hwy, easton

    610.258.8597 :: premium collection

  11. original bartenders i'm coconuts over you coconut rum gift set (6)

    $10.49 :: 750 ML

    2401 vare ave, philadelphia

    215.952.1022 :: regular-ass store

  12. bacardi o rum (1)

    $9.99 :: 750 ML

    920 baltimore ave, lansdowne

    610.284.7842 :: regular-ass store

  13. bacardi wolf berry rum (1)

    $9.99 :: 750 ML

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

4

agave

  1. leticia hermosillo ravalero don cheyo tequila anejo 80 proof (3)

    $42.99 :: 750 ML

    521 beaver st, sewickley

    412.749.4500 :: premium collection

  2. el buho mezcal oaxaca mexico tequila 86 proof (5)

    $34.99 :: 750 ML

    105 w 18th st, erie

    814.871.4785 :: regular-ass store

  3. leticia hermosillo ravelero don cheyo tequila silver 80 proof (6)

    $29.99 :: 750 ML

    3845 northern pike, monroeville

    412.380.1308 :: premium collection

  4. el charro reposado tequila (1)

    $11.99 :: 750 ML

    1516 n cedar crest blvd, allentown

    610.530.2123 :: premium collection

Top 10 by price

  1. chateau le pin 2010 (2)

    $3199.99 :: 750 ML

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  2. chateau margaux 2000 (3)

    $2499.99 :: 750 ML

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  3. armand de brignac ace of spades gold brut 3lt (1)

    $1999.99 :: 3 L

    5956 centre ave, ste 201, pittsburgh

    412.204.8002 :: premium collection

  4. bollinger r d extra brut champagne jero 2000 (1)

    $1199.99 :: 3 L

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  5. chateau cheval blanc saint emilion 2006 (2)

    $1001.99 :: 750 ML

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  6. paul hobbs cabernet sauvignon beckstoffer to kalon vineyard 2013 (6)

    $999.99 :: 1.5 L

    521 beaver st, sewickley

    412.749.4500 :: premium collection

  7. dominio de pingus ribera del duero 2009 (1)

    $999.99 :: 750 ML

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  8. catena zapata malbec agrentino mendoza 2009 (1)

    $899.99 :: 6 L

    521 beaver st, sewickley

    412.749.4500 :: premium collection

  9. nicholas catena zapata malbec mendoza 2010 (1)

    $899.99 :: 6 L

    521 beaver st, sewickley

    412.749.4500 :: premium collection

  10. paul hobbs cabernet sauvignon napa valley nathan coombs estate 2013 (6)

    $849.99 :: 1.5 L

    521 beaver st, sewickley

    412.749.4500 :: premium collection

Bottom 10 by price

  1. firefly sweet tea vodka 70 proof (1)

    $0.99 :: 50 ML

    20 liberty blvd, malvern

    610.251.2860 :: regular-ass store

  2. arbor mist blackberry merlot frozen wine cocktail (1)

    $0.99 :: 296 ML

    23 marchwood rd, exton

    610.280.3690 :: regular-ass store

  3. daily's ready to drink frozen peach daiquiri (6)

    $1.49 :: 296 ML

    7 s main st, mahanoy city

    570.773.4041 :: regular-ass store

  4. jim beam and ginger rtd (120)

    $1.8 :: 355 ML

    2807 s front st, philadelphia

    215.952.1000 :: regular-ass store

  5. jim beam and colartd (96)

    $1.8 :: 355 ML

    2807 s front st, philadelphia

    215.952.1000 :: regular-ass store

  6. foxhorn merlot california (1)

    $1.99 :: 750 ML

    3929 washington rd, mcmurray

    724.942.2050 :: regular-ass store

  7. arbor mist lime margarita frozen wine cocktail (1)

    $1.99 :: 296 ML

    2629 brownsville rd, pittsburgh

    412.886.2003 :: regular-ass store

  8. christian brothers cream sherry dessert (12)

    $2.49 :: 750 ML

    9345 state rte 61, coal township

    570.648.3953 :: regular-ass store

  9. m d 20 20 coco loco (1)

    $3.49 :: 750 ML

    131 n duke st, ste 4, york

    717.771.4450 :: regular-ass store

  10. popcrush pinot grigio (2)

    $3.99 :: 750 ML

    2034 w state st, new castle

    724.656.3356 :: regular-ass store

125

above $100

Top 10 discounted $

  1. chateau mouton rothschild 2005 (2)

    $805.49 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $599.99

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  2. louis jadot le montrachet 2011 (1)

    $376.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $188.45

    5956 centre ave, ste 201, pittsburgh

    412.204.8002 :: premium collection

  3. penfolds grange 2008 (2)

    $849.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $679.92

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  4. domaine louis latour heritiers chambertin cuvee 2009 (1)

    $198.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $99.45

    109 blue spruce way, murrysville

    724.519.7336 :: premium collection

  5. tenuta dell ornellaia ornellaia 2011 (1)

    $479.99 :: 1.5 L

    sale price: $383.92

    222 northern blvd, ste c, clarks summit

    570.586.0341 :: premium collection

  6. verite la muse sonoma county 2008 (4)

    $444.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $355.92

    1200 market st, lemoyne

    717.731.7143 :: premium collection

  7. jose maria da fonseca vintage port 2007 magnum (1)

    $199.99 :: 1.5 L

    sale price: $120.04

    1200 market st, lemoyne

    717.731.7143 :: premium collection

  8. torbreck the descendant 2006 (1)

    $193.99 :: 1.5 L

    sale price: $116.44

    1200 market st, lemoyne

    717.731.7143 :: premium collection

  9. inglenook rubicon napa valley 2009 (1)

    $189.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $114.04

    974 freeport rd, pittsburgh

    412.784.5800 :: premium collection

  10. chateau canon la gaffeliere saint emilion grand cru classe 2009 (5)

    $180.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $108.64

    20111 rte 19, cranberry twp

    724.776.0300 :: premium collection

Top 10 discounted %

  1. roger peguet hermitage 2010 (2)

    $49.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $19.95

    222 northern blvd, ste c, clarks summit

    570.586.0341 :: premium collection

  2. arnoux et fils the vac 2009 (1)

    $22.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $11.45

    5070 jonestown rd, harrisburg

    717.671.0435 :: premium collection

  3. to celebrate the people we love red california 2009 (2)

    $26.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $13.45

    315 w baltimore ave, media

    610.480.5155 :: premium collection

  4. santa duc vacqueyras 2009 (7)

    $32.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $16.45

    222 northern blvd, ste c, clarks summit

    570.586.0341 :: premium collection

  5. domaine ostertag pinot gris fronholz 2010 (1)

    $42.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $21.45

    109 blue spruce way, murrysville

    724.519.7336 :: premium collection

  6. bibi graetz soffocone di vincigliata toscana igt 2010 (3)

    $43.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $21.95

    119 west city ave, bala cynwyd

    610.660.6443 :: premium collection

  7. descendientes de jose palacios villa de corullon bierzo 2009 (6)

    $46.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $23.45

    315 w baltimore ave, media

    610.480.5155 :: premium collection

  8. nicolas joly savennieres les clos sacres 2010 (2)

    $49.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $24.95

    222 northern blvd, ste c, clarks summit

    570.586.0341 :: premium collection

  9. torres mas la plana cabernet sauvignon penedes 2008 (4)

    $62.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $31.45

    1 station cir, narberth

    610.660.6430 :: premium collection

  10. marchesi de frescobaldi castello di nipozzano mormoreto toscana igt 2008 (1)

    $74.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $37.45

    5070 jonestown rd, harrisburg

    717.671.0435 :: premium collection

$21.99

median price

94 at $19.99

most common price

503

most bottles

teliani valley kindzmarauli 2014

$15.99

11685 bustleton ave, philadelphia :: 215.856.6032

A few notes: Part of the fun here is that this data set isn't available in every state. The more private hands involved in selling hooch, the less accessible the data. One thing that means: This data is only as good -- and only as available -- on any given day as the PLCB's database and servers. They're imperfect. And so is the script that populates this site. Which, um, isn't always their fault.

Some weirdness like bad product names -- such as those including the term "mezcal tequila," which is not a thing -- I've left intact in part to help you find the product out in the wild. And, for transparency, the percentage-discount products include only those with a retail price of $20 or higher. Just happens that's when the results hit a balance of useful and interesting.

Often there's only a few of something. So if you see something you like, call the store. The data is updated daily at best. We do the best we can to respect them and you at the same time, liberating information from terrible interfaces that also helps you make informed buying decisions.

Well. In theory. Some of this stuff is awful.

Which brings us to the boozicorns themselves. Sometimes a product is unique because of its size. Or maybe because of its vintage. In the PLCB's system, each vintage of a wine is a separate product. A bourbon at 200 ML is a different product than the same bourbon at 750 ML. A rum at 750 ML is different than the same rum at 750 ML if it's packaged with glassware. Or maybe it's a fluke: a terrifically common product that for whatever reason is nearly out of stock in all of Pennsylvania that day.

There isn't necessarily an inherent specialness in any of these products -- although sometimes there very much is. That's all part of the fun of exploring data like this.

So keep all that in mind. And happy hunting.

Go inside the Boozicorns project on GitHub

See another entry in the PyLCB series of Python-powered scrapers for PLCB data at Grape Aphid.