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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.

19 August 2018

total boozicorns

stores with boozicorns

top 10 stores

33

whisk(e)y

  1. the macallan m decanter scotch 90 proof (2)

    $5999.99 :: 750 ML

    1158 mae st, hummelstown

    717.534.2494 :: premium collection

  2. the macallan no 6 scotch 86 proof (2)

    $3499.99 :: 750 ML

    1158 mae st, hummelstown

    717.534.2494 :: premium collection

  3. the macallan single malt scotch 25 year 86 proof (9)

    $1749.99 :: 750 ML

    1158 mae st, hummelstown

    717.534.2494 :: premium collection

  4. the macallan reflexion scotch 86 proof (4)

    $1349.99 :: 750 ML

    1158 mae st, hummelstown

    717.534.2494 :: premium collection

  5. mortlach speyside single malt scotch whisky 25 year 86 proof (1)

    $799.99 :: 750 ML

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  6. four roses single barrel bourbon whisky barrel strength fwgs 15th edition obsf 116 proof (1)

    $89.99 :: 750 ML

    475 ben franklin s, ste 5, indiana

    724.357.4853 :: premium collection

  7. jefferson's kentucky straight bourbon groth finish 90 proof (1)

    $89.99 :: 750 ML

    109 blue spruce way, murrysville

    724.519.7336 :: premium collection

  8. westland distillery american single malt whiskey 92 proof (1)

    $89.99 :: 750 ML

    1602 cochran rd, pittsburgh

    412.306.3916 :: regular-ass store

  9. the yamazaki single malt whiskey 12 year old (1)

    $84.99 :: 750 ML

    125 towne centre dr, ste 500, wexford

    724.933.1120 :: premium collection

  10. westland distillery american single malt whiskey cask 115 110 proof (1)

    $82.99 :: 750 ML

    3845 northern pike, monroeville

    412.380.1308 :: premium collection

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

    $69.99 :: 750 ML

    2310 linglestown rd, harrisburg

    717.671.8751 :: premium collection

  12. koval bourbon whiskey single barrel 2015 edition no 1 fwgs 110 proof (1)

    $59.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $47.99

    821 w lancaster ave, ste 310, wayne

    610.964.5030 :: premium collection

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

    $59.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $47.99

    1476 brodhead rd, monaca

    724.773.7401 :: regular-ass store

  14. libery pole spirits peated bourbon whiskey 92 proof (8)

    $56.99 :: 750 ML

    5000 oxford dr, ste 100, bethel park

    412.851.0403 :: premium collection

  15. stagg jr kentucky straight bourbon whiskey barrel proof (1)

    $54.99 :: 750 ML

    20111 rte 19, cranberry twp

    724.776.0300 :: premium collection

  16. liberty pole spirits bourbon whiskey 92 proof (11)

    $48.99 :: 750 ML

    5000 oxford dr, ste 100, bethel park

    412.851.0403 :: premium collection

  17. smooth ambler old scout straight bourbon whiskey 7 year 99 proof (4)

    $39.99 :: 750 ML

    1515 locust st, # 100, philadelphia

    215.545.1112 :: premium collection

  18. 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

  19. hirsch kentucky straight bourbon small batch reserve 92 proof (1)

    $36.99 :: 750 ML

    350 scarlett rd, ste 1-3-5, kennett square

    610.925.5400 :: regular-ass store

  20. david nicholson 100pf kentucky straight bourbon whiskey (4)

    $34.99 :: 750 ML

    8865 norwin ave, north huntingdon

    724.861.4010 :: premium collection

  21. jack daniel's tennessee honey whiskey with glass (24)

    $24.99 :: 750 ML

    105 harrison ave, greensburg

    724.830.2019 :: regular-ass store

  22. the antiquary original blended scotch whisky 80 proof (3)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $17.59

    5990 university blvd, coraopolis

    412.269.2607 :: regular-ass store

  23. bird dog bourbon (2)

    $17.99 :: 750 ML

    1991 sproul rd, spc 37, broomall

    610.325.5248 :: premium collection

  24. jim beam kentucky straight bourbon 80 proof with two glasses (1)

    $17.99 :: 750 ML

    2600 willow street pike n, ste 308, willow street

    717.464.1008 :: regular-ass store

  25. bird dog peach whiskey with 2 shotgun shell shot glasses (1)

    $17.99 :: 750 ML

    1067 n front st, philipsburg

    814.342.8153 :: regular-ass store

  26. dewar's highlander honey scotch whisky (12)

    $16.99 :: 750 ML

    305 s main st, old forge

    570.451.2057 :: regular-ass store

  27. red stag hardcore cider whiskey (2)

    $12.99 :: 750 ML

    12 e hinckley ave, ridley park

    610.595.3410 :: regular-ass store

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

    $11.99 :: 400 ML

    1067 n front st, philipsburg

    814.342.8153 :: regular-ass store

  29. ten high bourbon 4 year old (2)

    $7.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $4.79

    2401 vare ave, philadelphia

    215.952.1022 :: regular-ass store

  30. inver house scotch (1)

    $6.99 :: 750 ML

    23 marchwood rd, exton

    610.280.3690 :: regular-ass store

  31. jim beam whiskey candy cane 4 50 ml (1)

    $5.99 :: 200 ML

    933 paoli pike, west chester

    610.436.1706 :: premium collection

  32. imperial blended whiskey (1)

    $4.84 :: 750 ML

    2034 w state st, new castle

    724.656.3356 :: regular-ass store

  33. jim beam kentucky fire flavored whiskey (1)

    $0.99 :: 50 ML

    845 main st, clarion

    814.226.1701 :: regular-ass store

3

gin

  1. bombay sapphire gin and sapphire east 2 pk (2)

    $44.99 :: 1.5 L

    3521 cottman ave, philadelphia

    215.708.3125 :: regular-ass store

  2. cadee distillery intrigue gin 88 proof (3)

    $33.49 :: 750 ML

    3929 washington rd, mcmurray

    724.942.2050 :: regular-ass store

  3. seagram's peach twisted gin (1)

    $12.99 :: 750 ML

    4524 broadway blvd, monroeville

    412.380.2670 :: regular-ass store

7

rum

  1. berrys' own selection fijian rum 9 year 92 proof (3)

    $89.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $71.99

    2429 south st, philadelphia

    215.731.2080 :: regular-ass store

  2. don q anejo rum 80 proof with tovolo ice mold (2)

    $59.99 :: 750 ML

    4301 chestnut st, philadelphia

    215.823.6795 :: regular-ass store

  3. stonewall rum pennsylvania 84 proof (6)

    $24.99 :: 750 ML

    3718 easton-nazareth hwy, easton

    610.258.8597 :: premium collection

  4. caliche puerto rican rum 80 proof (2)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $17.59

    2350 lincoln hwy e, ste 550, lancaster

    717.397.7955 :: pennsylvania lottery

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

    $18.99 :: 750 ML

    11685 bustleton ave, philadelphia

    215.856.6032 :: regular-ass store

  6. cruzan 9 spiced rum (1)

    $12.99 :: 750 ML

    2429 south st, philadelphia

    215.731.2080 :: regular-ass store

  7. malibu island spiced rum (1)

    $11.99 :: 750 ML

    3718 easton-nazareth hwy, easton

    610.258.8597 :: premium collection

6

agave

  1. tequila clase azul mezcal joven 88 proof (1)

    $249.99 :: 750 ML

    162 e street rd, feasterville

    215.791.7250 :: regular-ass store

  2. patron xo cafe and anejo tequila with glass (2)

    $44.99 :: 750 ML

    350 scarlett rd, ste 1-3-5, kennett square

    610.925.5400 :: regular-ass store

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

    $34.99 :: 750 ML

    105 w 18th st, erie

    814.871.4785 :: regular-ass store

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

    $29.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $23.99

    3845 northern pike, monroeville

    412.380.1308 :: premium collection

  5. 1800 silver tequila with 2 shot glasses (1)

    $27.99 :: 750 ML

    2310 linglestown rd, harrisburg

    717.671.8751 :: premium collection

  6. patron tequila holiday sampler pack (1)

    $21.99 :: 200 ML

    2401 vare ave, philadelphia

    215.952.1022 :: regular-ass store

Top 10 by price

  1. the macallan m decanter scotch 90 proof (2)

    $5999.99 :: 750 ML

    1158 mae st, hummelstown

    717.534.2494 :: premium collection

  2. the macallan no 6 scotch 86 proof (2)

    $3499.99 :: 750 ML

    1158 mae st, hummelstown

    717.534.2494 :: premium collection

  3. chateau ausone 2003 (2)

    $2999.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $899.99

    160 market st #6, collegeville

    610.489.4582 :: premium collection

  4. the macallan single malt scotch 25 year 86 proof (9)

    $1749.99 :: 750 ML

    1158 mae st, hummelstown

    717.534.2494 :: premium collection

  5. chateau mouton rothschild 2010 (3)

    $1474.99 :: 750 ML

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  6. the macallan reflexion scotch 86 proof (4)

    $1349.99 :: 750 ML

    1158 mae st, hummelstown

    717.534.2494 :: premium collection

  7. inglenook rubicon vertical pack estate bottled 2005 2009 and 2010 (1)

    $1199.99 :: 4.5 L

    1083 west baltimore pk, ste a media, pa, 19063-

    610.566.1549 :: premium collection

  8. orin swift 8 years in the desert 8 bottle set 2016 (1)

    $999.99 :: 6 L

    1158 mae st, hummelstown

    717.534.2494 :: premium collection

  9. chateau d'yquem sauternes 2010 (1)

    $878.49 :: 750 ML

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: 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. jim beam kentucky fire flavored whiskey (1)

    $0.99 :: 50 ML

    845 main st, clarion

    814.226.1701 :: regular-ass store

  2. foxhorn merlot california (1)

    $1.99 :: 750 ML

    3929 washington rd, mcmurray

    724.942.2050 :: regular-ass store

  3. arbor mist pina colada frozen wine cocktail (1)

    $1.99 :: 296 ML

    105 harrison ave, greensburg

    724.830.2019 :: regular-ass store

  4. hrm rex goliath pink moscato (1)

    $3.04 :: 500 ML

    2807 s front st, philadelphia

    215.952.1000 :: regular-ass store

  5. taylor cream sherry dessert (1)

    $3.99 :: 750 ML

    1628 john f kennedy blvd, philadelphia

    215.560.5702 :: regular-ass store

  6. seagram's escapes fruit punch wine cooler 4 331 ml (1)

    $4.24 :: 1324 ML

    3045 n 5th street hwy, unit 3, reading

    610.921.4222 :: regular-ass store

  7. imperial blended whiskey (1)

    $4.84 :: 750 ML

    2034 w state st, new castle

    724.656.3356 :: regular-ass store

  8. pinnacle habanero vodka (1)

    $4.99 :: 750 ML

    1112 chestnut st #28, philadelphia

    215.923.1790 :: premium collection

  9. seven daughters rose can nv 250 ml (73)

    $4.99 :: 250 ML

    1 station cir, narberth

    610.660.6430 :: premium collection

  10. santa rita 120 cabernet sauvignon central valley 2015 (1)

    $4.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $2.99

    141 n railroad st, tamaqua

    570.952.3370 :: regular-ass store

95

above $100

Top 10 discounted $

  1. chateau ausone 2003 (2)

    $2999.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $899.99

    160 market st #6, collegeville

    610.489.4582 :: premium collection

  2. chateau la mission haut brion pessac leognan 2006 (3)

    $667.49 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $400.49

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  3. armand de brignac ace of spades blanc de blancs (1)

    $599.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $359.99

    974 freeport rd, pittsburgh

    412.784.5800 :: premium collection

  4. chateau cos d'estournel 2010 (6)

    $426.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $213.49

    1083 west baltimore pk, ste a media, pa, 19063-

    610.566.1549 :: premium collection

  5. clos du val joie du vin cabernet sauvignon stags leap district 2009 (1)

    $399.99 :: 1.5 L

    sale price: $199.99

    3845 northern pike, monroeville

    412.380.1308 :: premium collection

  6. nicolas catena zapata cabernet sauvignon mendoza 2010 (1)

    $479.99 :: 3 L

    sale price: $287.99

    802 shrewsbury commons ave, shrewsbury

    717.759.2639 :: premium collection

  7. krug champagne grand cuvee brut magnum nv (2)

    $349.99 :: 1.5 L

    sale price: $174.99

    3845 northern pike, monroeville

    412.380.1308 :: premium collection

  8. armand de brignac ace of spades demi sec (11)

    $359.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $215.99

    3845 northern pike, monroeville

    412.380.1308 :: premium collection

  9. plumpjack winery cabernet sauvignon reserve napa valley 2012 (1)

    $349.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $209.99

    5070 jonestown rd, harrisburg

    717.671.0435 :: premium collection

  10. e guigal ex voto rouge ermitage 2005 (6)

    $341.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $205.19

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

Top 10 discounted %

  1. chateau ausone 2003 (2)

    $2999.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $899.99

    160 market st #6, collegeville

    610.489.4582 :: premium collection

  2. lamborghini era umbria igt 2008 (1)

    $29.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $11.99

    5000 oxford dr, ste 100, bethel park

    412.851.0403 :: premium collection

  3. seifried estate pinot noir nelson new zealand 2011 (6)

    $20.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.49

    3845 northern pike, monroeville

    412.380.1308 :: premium collection

  4. framingham classic riesling marlborough 2011 (2)

    $20.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.49

    1115 main st, warrington

    215.798.1180 :: premium collection

  5. adelsheim chardonnay willamette valley 2013 (1)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.99

    3718 easton-nazareth hwy, easton

    610.258.8597 :: premium collection

  6. royal tokaji mad cuvee 2010 (1)

    $21.99 :: 375 ML

    sale price: $10.99

    880 town center dr, york

    717.767.4514 :: premium collection

  7. turkey flat grenache barossa valley vineyards 2007 (1)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.99

    5070 jonestown rd, harrisburg

    717.671.0435 :: premium collection

  8. marques de concha carmenere rapel 2012 (5)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.99

    5070 jonestown rd, harrisburg

    717.671.0435 :: premium collection

  9. catherine et pierre breton bourgueil trinch loire 2012 (1)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.99

    3845 northern pike, monroeville

    412.380.1308 :: premium collection

  10. la spinetta il nero di casanova toscana igt 2009 (1)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.99

    1 station cir, narberth

    610.660.6430 :: premium collection

$19.99

median price

97 at $19.99

most common price

73

most bottles

seven daughters rose can nv 250 ml

$4.99

1 station cir, narberth :: 610.660.6430

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.