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.

23 March 2017

total boozicorns

stores with boozicorns

top 10 stores

25

whisk(e)y

  1. oban single malt scotch distiller's edition 18 year old year round carton (1)

    $224.99 :: 750 ML

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

    610.251.8027 :: premium collection

  2. gordon and macphail caol ila sngl malt scotch cask strength 10 year old 118 prf (2)

    $110.99 :: 750 ML

    1036 lititz pike, lititz

    717.625.7080 :: premium collection

  3. orphan barrel bourbon rhetoric 22 year old 90 proof (1)

    $109.99 :: 750 ML

    1446 baltimore st, unit g, hanover

    717.632.5598 :: regular-ass store

  4. jefferson's straight bourbon wood experiment collection 92 proof 5 200 ml bottle set (1)

    $99.99 :: 1 L

    1628 john f kennedy blvd, philadelphia

    215.560.5702 :: regular-ass store

  5. ardbeg single malt scotch perpetuum 94 proof (1)

    $99.99 :: 750 ML

    2075 springwood rd, unit 30, york

    717.771.4446 :: regular-ass store

  6. glenmorangie new world scotch 18 year old (1)

    $99.99 :: 750 ML

    275 main st, exton

    610.363.2168 :: premium collection

  7. tomatin single malt scotch 18 year old 92 proof (6)

    $89.99 :: 750 ML

    2161 memorial hwy, ste 101, dallas

    570.675.3318 :: premium collection

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

    $75.99 :: 750 ML

    1940 s christopher columbus blvd, philadelphia

    215.271.1908 :: premium collection

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

    $59.99 :: 750 ML

    821 w lancaster ave, ste 310, wayne

    610.964.5030 :: premium collection

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

    $59.99 :: 750 ML

    1476 brodhead rd, monaca

    724.773.7401 :: regular-ass store

  11. jack daniel's whiskey single barrel with bottle stopper (1)

    $46.99 :: 750 ML

    724 south st, philadelphia

    215.560.6900 :: regular-ass store

  12. finger lakes distilling mckenzie bourbon whiskey 91 proof (1)

    $44.99 :: 750 ML

    320 smithfield st, pittsburgh

    412.565.7689 :: premium collection

  13. 1792 single barrel straight bourbon 98 proof (1)

    $39.99 :: 750 ML

    1038 latrobe 30 plz, ste 311, latrobe

    724.520.3203 :: regular-ass store

  14. jim beam signature craft straight bourbon whiskey 12 year old (1)

    $39.99 :: 750 ML

    920 baltimore ave, lansdowne

    610.284.7842 :: regular-ass store

  15. compass box scotch great king street blended 86 proof (2)

    $38.99 :: 750 ML

    1036 lititz pike, lititz

    717.625.7080 :: premium collection

  16. antiquary scotch whisky 12 year old 80 proof (8)

    $29.99 :: 750 ML

    5990 university blvd, coraopolis

    412.269.2607 :: regular-ass store

  17. jameson irish whiskey gift tin (6)

    $28.99 :: 750 ML

    1446 point breeze ave, philadelphia

    215.952.1032 :: regular-ass store

  18. jack daniel's tennessee whiskey master distiller series 2 (1)

    $28.99 :: 750 ML

    10 w centre ave, newtown

    215.968.8509 :: premium collection

  19. cabot trail maple whiskey canada 64 proof (3)

    $24.99 :: 750 ML

    7200 peach st, erie

    814.866.2636 :: regular-ass store

  20. wild turkey 101 bourbon gift set (1)

    $23.99 :: 750 ML

    5 n 12th st, philadelphia

    215.560.7054 :: regular-ass store

  21. jack daniel's tennessee honey whiskey with flask (4)

    $23.99 :: 750 ML

    141 n railroad st, tamaqua

    570.952.3370 :: regular-ass store

  22. antiquary original red scotch whisky 80 proof (14)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    5990 university blvd, coraopolis

    412.269.2607 :: regular-ass store

  23. dimple pinch scotch 15 year old (1)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    974 freeport rd, pittsburgh

    412.784.5800 :: premium collection

  24. paddy irish whiskey (3)

    $16.99 :: 1 L

    141 n railroad st, tamaqua

    570.952.3370 :: regular-ass store

  25. red stag spiced whiskey (1)

    $12.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $8.99

    1237 s 11th st, philadelphia

    215.952.1052 :: regular-ass store

2

gin

  1. burnett's dry gin (1)

    $6.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $2.99

    1446 point breeze ave, philadelphia

    215.952.1032 :: regular-ass store

  2. pinnacle gin (4)

    $1.99 :: 200 ML

    2550 grant ave, ste 130, philadelphia

    215.330.1308 :: premium collection

8

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 (2)

    $27.99 :: 750 ML

    2136 wilkes-barre township market pl, wilkes-barre

    570.824.1485 :: regular-ass store

  3. bacardi rum 151 proof (2)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $15.99

    605 main st, forest city

    570.785.5305 :: regular-ass store

  4. captain morgan original spiced rum 100 proof (1)

    $19.99 :: 1 L

    8090 mcintyre square dr, pittsburgh

    412.635.2180 :: premium collection

  5. 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

  6. gosling's dark n stormy rum gift set (6)

    $18.99 :: 750 ML

    4906-4908 baltimore ave, philadelphia

    215.726.4046 :: regular-ass store

  7. calypso coconut rum (3)

    $12.99 :: 1.75 L

    sale price: $8.99

    552 lancaster ave, berwyn

    610.699.1100 :: regular-ass store

  8. castries peanut rum cream 32 proof (2)

    $8.99 :: 750 ML

    1135 n 4th st, sunbury

    570.286.1378 :: regular-ass store

7

agave

  1. patron anejo tequila classic cocktail gift set (1)

    $54.99 :: 750 ML

    162 eagleview blvd, exton

    610.450.6600 :: premium collection

  2. las joyas seleccion artenom de 1580 blanco tequila 80 proof (1)

    $49.99 :: 750 ML

    32 s 2nd st, philadelphia

    215.560.7060 :: regular-ass store

  3. leticia hermosillo ravelero don cheyo tequila silver 80 proof (11)

    $29.99 :: 750 ML

    3845 northern pike, monroeville

    412.380.1308 :: premium collection

  4. metl blanco tequila (4)

    $24.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $18.99

    105 w 18th st, erie

    814.871.4785 :: regular-ass store

  5. el jimador reposado tequila with glass (1)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    137 e main st, lock haven

    570.893.2950 :: regular-ass store

  6. avion silver tequila (5)

    $19.99 :: 375 ML

    sale price: $9.99

    1200 n 3rd st, harrisburg

    717.787.8308 :: regular-ass store

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

    $1199.99 :: 3 L

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  7. chateau cheval blanc saint emilion 2006 (2)

    $1001.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $600.99

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

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

    $999.99 :: 750 ML

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  9. catena zapata malbec agrentino mendoza 2009 (1)

    $899.99 :: 6 L

    521 beaver st, sewickley

    412.749.4500 :: premium collection

  10. nicholas catena zapata malbec mendoza 2010 (1)

    $899.99 :: 6 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. foxhorn merlot california (1)

    $1.99 :: 750 ML

    3929 washington rd, mcmurray

    724.942.2050 :: regular-ass store

  4. pinnacle gin (4)

    $1.99 :: 200 ML

    2550 grant ave, ste 130, philadelphia

    215.330.1308 :: premium collection

  5. forest glen chardonnay california barrel fermented (1)

    $1.99 :: 750 ML

    1850 park manor blvd, pittsburgh

    412.294.1570 :: premium collection

  6. hennessy cognac vsop (1)

    $2.99 :: 50 ML

    2401 e venango st, philadelphia

    215.288.2019 :: regular-ass store

  7. smirnoff pomegranate martini 30 proof (1)

    $2.99 :: 750 ML

    5000 oxford dr, ste 100, bethel park

    412.851.0403 :: premium collection

  8. m d 20 20 coco loco (1)

    $3.49 :: 750 ML

    131 n duke st, ste 4, york

    717.771.4450 :: regular-ass store

  9. wine for dummies pinot grigio (1)

    $3.99 :: 750 ML

    161 e swedesford rd, wayne

    610.964.6724 :: premium collection

  10. robertson natural sweet rose wine (1)

    $3.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $1.99

    141 n railroad st, tamaqua

    570.952.3370 :: regular-ass store

154

above $100

Top 10 discounted $

  1. chateau cheval blanc saint emilion 2006 (2)

    $1001.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $600.99

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  2. la spinetta 6 btl gift pk - 2 barbaresco starderi, 2 valeirano, and 2 gallina 05 (1)

    $847.49 :: 4.5 L

    sale price: $677.92

    5956 centre ave, ste 201, pittsburgh

    412.204.8002 :: premium collection

  3. bodegas vega sicilia ribera del duero unico reserva 2002 (7)

    $369.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $221.99

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  4. chateau pavie saint emilion 2006 (3)

    $332.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $199.99

    1112 chestnut st #28 philadelphia, pa, 19107-

    Phone: :: premium collection

  5. e guigal la turque cote rotie 2004 (6)

    $325.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $195.99

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  6. domaine dujac echezeaux 2005 (3)

    $699.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $579.99

    1112 chestnut st #28 philadelphia, pa, 19107-

    Phone: :: premium collection

  7. louis jadot batard montrachet 2007 (3)

    $273.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $163.99

    5956 centre ave, ste 201, pittsburgh

    412.204.8002 :: premium collection

  8. domaine jean louis chave et fils blanc hermitage 2010 (5)

    $232.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $139.99

    1112 chestnut st #28 philadelphia, pa, 19107-

    Phone: :: premium collection

  9. verite la muse sonoma county 2008 (4)

    $444.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $355.92

    1200 market st, lemoyne

    717.731.7143 :: premium collection

  10. vieux chateau certan pomerol 2010 (3)

    $399.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $319.92

    5956 centre ave, ste 201, pittsburgh

    412.204.8002 :: premium collection

Top 10 discounted %

  1. mas du soleilla clot de l'amandier 2007 (2)

    $56.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $21.99

    521 beaver st, sewickley

    412.749.4500 :: premium collection

  2. r2 rhapsody proprietary red blend rhone santa ynez valley 2009 (1)

    $24.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.99

    1751 wilmington pike, glen mills

    484.840.1241 :: premium collection

  3. marotti campi orgiolo lacrima di morro d'alba superiore doc 2009 (10)

    $23.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.99

    315 w baltimore ave, media

    610.480.5155 :: premium collection

  4. three somms amitie napa red 2007 (1)

    $22.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.99

    162 eagleview blvd, exton

    610.450.6600 :: premium collection

  5. kingston family pinot noir casablanca chile alazan vineyards 2009 (3)

    $26.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $12.99

    1516 n cedar crest blvd, allentown

    610.530.2123 :: premium collection

  6. samsara wine co verna's syrah central coast vineyard 2009 (1)

    $26.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $12.99

    5280 rte 30, ste 4, greensburg

    724.836.0475 :: premium collection

  7. jc cellars 'the impostor' red blend 2008 (3)

    $34.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $16.99

    987 wayne ave, chambersburg

    717.504.4000 :: premium collection

  8. two angels petite sirah 2007 (1)

    $29.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $14.99

    119 west city ave, bala cynwyd

    610.660.6443 :: premium collection

  9. cordillera carinena 2008 (3)

    $29.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $14.99

    5280 rte 30, ste 4, greensburg

    724.836.0475 :: premium collection

  10. vignerons de caractere vacqueyras eternite 2012 (1)

    $29.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $14.99

    431 eisenhower dr, hanover

    717.630.3180 :: premium collection

$24.99

median price

75 at $12.99

most common price

84

most bottles

cross springs chardonnay lake county 2015

$9.99

1101 woodland rd, wyomissing :: 610.378.4559

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.