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.

18 September 2017

total boozicorns

stores with boozicorns

top 10 stores

35

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. redbreast irish single pot stillwhiskey 21 year old 92 proof (1)

    $299.99 :: 750 ML

    935 old york rd, jenkintown

    215.517.2993 :: premium collection

  3. johnnie walker blue scotch year of the ram bottle 86 proof (1)

    $259.99 :: 750 ML

    1751 wilmington pike, glen mills

    484.840.1241 :: premium collection

  4. hochstadter's family reserve straight rye whiskey cask strength 16 year old 123 proof (1)

    $199.99 :: 750 ML

    209 w lancaster ave, wayne

    610.964.6720 :: regular-ass store

  5. jack daniel's sinatra select tennessee whiskey 90 proof (1)

    $169.99 :: 1 L

    326 s 5th st, philadelphia

    215.560.7064 :: premium collection

  6. blood oath pact no 2 kentucky straight bourbon whiskey 4 year old 98 proof (1)

    $99.99 :: 750 ML

    129 s main st, ste 400, lewistown

    717.242.5031 :: regular-ass store

  7. four roses barrel strength bourbon fine wine and good spirits edition 13 oesq 124 proof (1)

    $89.99 :: 750 ML

    2947 w liberty ave, pittsburgh

    412.306.3910 :: regular-ass store

  8. four roses barrel strength bourbon fine wine and good spirits edition 12 oesf 109 proof (1)

    $89.99 :: 750 ML

    2947 w liberty ave, pittsburgh

    412.306.3910 :: regular-ass store

  9. tomatin single malt scotch 18 year old 92 proof (12)

    $89.99 :: 750 ML

    2161 memorial hwy, ste 101, dallas

    570.675.3318 :: premium collection

  10. antiquary scotch whisky 21 year old 86 proof (5)

    $87.99 :: 750 ML

    5990 university blvd, coraopolis

    412.269.2607 :: regular-ass store

  11. bowmore single malt scotch darkest sherry finished islay 15 year old (2)

    $75.99 :: 750 ML

    619 pittsburgh rd, uniontown

    724.439.7113 :: regular-ass store

  12. the irishman single malt irish whiskey 12 year old 86 proof (1)

    $69.99 :: 750 ML

    1850 park manor blvd, pittsburgh

    412.294.1570 :: premium collection

  13. powers john's lane release irish whiskey ireland 12 year old 92 proof (2)

    $68.99 :: 750 ML

    119 west city ave, bala cynwyd

    610.660.6443 :: premium collection

  14. springbank single malt scotch campbelltown 10 year old 92 proof (2)

    $64.99 :: 750 ML

    209 w lancaster ave, wayne

    610.964.6720 :: regular-ass store

  15. masterson's straight rye whiskey 10 year old 90 proof (2)

    $62.99 :: 750 ML

    3415 pleasant valley blvd, ste 82, altoona

    814.943.6520 :: premium collection

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

    $59.99 :: 750 ML

    821 w lancaster ave, ste 310, wayne

    610.964.5030 :: premium collection

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

    $59.99 :: 750 ML

    1476 brodhead rd, monaca

    724.773.7401 :: regular-ass store

  18. noah's mill small batch bourbon 114 proof (4)

    $57.99 :: 750 ML

    7204 germantown ave, philadelphia

    215.753.4532 :: regular-ass store

  19. wild turkey kentucky spirit bourbon 8 year old 101 proof (1)

    $57.99 :: 750 ML

    1130 perry hwy, pittsburgh

    412.364.1936 :: premium collection

  20. ardbeg scotch 10 year old with glasses (2)

    $51.99 :: 750 ML

    8705 germantown ave, philadelphia

    215.753.4520 :: premium collection

  21. the glenlivet scotch holiday pack (1)

    $49.99 :: 750 ML

    1602 cochran rd, pittsburgh

    412.306.3916 :: regular-ass store

  22. brandywine branch bourbon whiskey (6)

    $39.99 :: 750 ML

    17-19 leopard rd, ste d1, d2, d3, paoli

    610.251.8027 :: premium collection

  23. elmer t lee bourbon single barrel 12 year old (1)

    $37.99 :: 750 ML

    3415 pleasant valley blvd, ste 82, altoona

    814.943.6520 :: premium collection

  24. 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

  25. knob creek bourbon 9 year old 100 proof with glasses (1)

    $34.99 :: 750 ML

    1237 s 11th st, philadelphia

    215.952.1052 :: regular-ass store

  26. climax wood fired whiskey 90 proof (1)

    $31.99 :: 750 ML

    3413 fox st, philadelphia

    215.221.1303 :: regular-ass store

  27. antiquary scotch whisky 12 year old 80 proof (5)

    $29.99 :: 750 ML

    5990 university blvd, coraopolis

    412.269.2607 :: regular-ass store

  28. jameson irish whiskey gift tin (4)

    $28.99 :: 750 ML

    1446 point breeze ave, philadelphia

    215.952.1032 :: regular-ass store

  29. barrel 21 white rye whiskey 100 proof (12)

    $23.99 :: 750 ML

    178 buckaroo ln, bellefonte

    814.355.2395 :: regular-ass store

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

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    5990 university blvd, coraopolis

    412.269.2607 :: regular-ass store

  31. stillhouse peach tea flavored whiskey 69 proof (2)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    132 bldg. c veterans ln, doylestown

    215.340.1427 :: premium collection

  32. jim beam bourbon 4 year old 80 proof with two glasses (5)

    $18.99 :: 750 ML

    19 w court st, doylestown

    215.489.5207 :: regular-ass store

  33. bird dog bourbon (2)

    $17.99 :: 750 ML

    1991 sproul rd, spc 37, broomall

    610.325.5248 :: premium collection

  34. bird dog hot cinnamon whiskey (1)

    $17.99 :: 750 ML

    449 hepburn st, williamsport

    570.321.6503 :: regular-ass store

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

    $11.99 :: 400 ML

    1067 n front st, philipsburg

    814.342.8153 :: regular-ass store

2

gin

  1. barrel 21 distilled gin (12)

    $27.99 :: 750 ML

    178 buckaroo ln, bellefonte

    814.355.2395 :: regular-ass store

  2. seagram's red berry twisted gin (1)

    $8.99 :: 750 ML

    29 kline vlg, harrisburg

    717.783.5928 :: regular-ass store

11

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. jav's rum 7 year old mexico 80 proof (1)

    $27.99 :: 750 ML

    2136 wilkes-barre township market pl, wilkes-barre

    570.824.1485 :: regular-ass store

  3. caliche rum puerto rican 80 proof (6)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    2350 lincoln hwy e, ste 550, lancaster

    717.397.7955 :: pennsylvania lottery

  4. bacardi rum 151 proof (2)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    605 main st, forest city

    570.785.5305 :: regular-ass store

  5. plantation original dark rum 80 proof (15)

    $19.99 :: 750 ML

    125 w. dekalb pk, king of prussia

    610.768.3102 :: premium collection

  6. appleton estate rum vx with ice cube trays (3)

    $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. bacardi gold rum 80 proof (1)

    $13.99 :: 1 L

    125 w. dekalb pk, king of prussia

    610.768.3102 :: premium collection

  9. malibu island spiced rum (1)

    $11.99 :: 750 ML

    3718 easton-nazareth hwy, easton

    610.258.8597 :: premium collection

  10. 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

  11. ronrico gold rum (3)

    $9.99 :: 1.75 L

    2 village ctr, tunkhannock

    570.836.2366 :: regular-ass store

5

agave

  1. el buho mezcal oaxaca mexico tequila 86 proof (8)

    $34.99 :: 750 ML

    105 w 18th st, erie

    814.871.4785 :: regular-ass store

  2. espolon blanco tequila 80 proof (12)

    $30.99 :: 1 L

    5280 rte 30, ste 4, greensburg

    724.836.0475 :: premium collection

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

    $29.99 :: 750 ML

    3845 northern pike, monroeville

    412.380.1308 :: premium collection

  4. avion silver tequila (5)

    $19.99 :: 375 ML

    1200 n 3rd st, harrisburg

    717.787.8308 :: regular-ass store

  5. 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 (3)

    $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. chateau petrus 2012 (6)

    $2299.99 :: 750 ML

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  4. 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

  5. pol roger sir winston churchill brut cuvee 1999 (1)

    $1799.99 :: 3 L

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  6. chateau margaux 2009 (2)

    $1427.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $713.95

    1515 locust st, # 100, philadelphia

    215.545.1112 :: premium collection

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

    $1199.99 :: 3 L

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  8. chateau cheval blanc saint emilion 2006 (2)

    $1001.99 :: 750 ML

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

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

    $999.99 :: 1.5 L

    521 beaver st, sewickley

    412.749.4500 :: premium collection

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

    $999.99 :: 750 ML

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: 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 (120)

    $1.8 :: 355 ML

    2807 s front st, philadelphia

    215.952.1000 :: regular-ass store

  6. tribuno sweet vermouth (1)

    $1.99 :: 375 ML

    1973 norristown rd, maple glen

    215.591.5238 :: premium collection

  7. foxhorn merlot california (1)

    $1.99 :: 750 ML

    3929 washington rd, mcmurray

    724.942.2050 :: regular-ass store

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

    $1.99 :: 296 ML

    2629 brownsville rd, pittsburgh

    412.886.2003 :: regular-ass store

  9. christian brothers cream sherry dessert (12)

    $2.49 :: 750 ML

    9345 state rte 61, coal township

    570.648.3953 :: regular-ass store

  10. hennessy cognac vsop (1)

    $2.99 :: 50 ML

    2401 e venango st, philadelphia

    215.288.2019 :: regular-ass store

147

above $100

Top 10 discounted $

  1. chateau margaux 2009 (2)

    $1427.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $713.95

    1515 locust st, # 100, philadelphia

    215.545.1112 :: premium collection

  2. chateau palmer 2009 (1)

    $480.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $240.45

    2076 fruitville pike, lancaster

    717.519.4300 :: premium collection

  3. domaine dujac echezeaux 2005 (2)

    $699.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $499.95

    1112 chestnut st #28, philadelphia

    215.923.1790 :: premium collection

  4. louis jadot chevalier montrachet les demoiselles 2011 (1)

    $289.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $144.95

    5956 centre ave, ste 201, pittsburgh

    412.204.8002 :: 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. vieux chateau certan pomerol 2010 (2)

    $399.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $319.92

    5956 centre ave, ste 201, pittsburgh

    412.204.8002 :: premium collection

  8. joseph phelps insignia napa valley 2010 (5)

    $199.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $120.04

    5000 oxford dr, ste 100, bethel park

    412.851.0403 :: premium collection

  9. diamond creek rock terrace cabernet sauvignon red napa valley 2010 (3)

    $194.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $117.04

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  10. cune contino graciano 2006 (1)

    $149.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $74.95

    109 blue spruce way, murrysville

    724.519.7336 :: premium collection

Top 10 discounted %

  1. celler arche pages cartesius emporda 2005 (2)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.95

    431 eisenhower dr, hanover

    717.630.3180 :: premium collection

  2. domaine de belliviere jasnieres premices 2011 (2)

    $23.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $11.95

    200 west ridge pike, limerick

    484.961.7060 :: 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. benjamin romeo predicador rioja 2008 (1)

    $29.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $14.95

    431 eisenhower dr, hanover

    717.630.3180 :: premium collection

  5. 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

  6. planeta santa cecilia sicilia igt 2009 (2)

    $33.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $16.95

    222 northern blvd, ste c, clarks summit

    570.586.0341 :: premium collection

  7. genium celler poboleda vi de la vila priorat 2007 (6)

    $34.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $17.45

    74 welwood ave, ste 103, hawley

    570.226.6348 :: premium collection

  8. genium celler doq priorat 2005 (6)

    $34.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $17.45

    109 blue spruce way, murrysville

    724.519.7336 :: premium collection

  9. la braccesca syrah cortona doc 2007 (1)

    $35.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $17.95

    2503 mickley ave, whitehall

    610.437.2697 :: premium collection

  10. renieri re di renieri 2009 (4)

    $38.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $19.45

    802 shrewsbury commons ave, shrewsbury

    717.759.2639 :: premium collection

$21.99

median price

96 at $19.99

most common price

648

most bottles

teliani valley kindzmarauli 2015 kakheti

$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.