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.

17 July 2018

total boozicorns

stores with boozicorns

top 10 stores

36

whisk(e)y

  1. orphan barrel rhetoric straight bourbon whiskey 24 year old 90 proof (1)

    $199.99 :: 750 ML

    20111 rte 19, cranberry twp

    724.776.0300 :: premium collection

  2. blood oath pact iii bourbon 98.6 proof (2)

    $99.99 :: 750 ML

    119 west city ave, bala cynwyd

    610.660.6443 :: premium collection

  3. four roses single barrel barrel strength bourbon fine wine and good spirits 15th edition obsf 116 proof (1)

    $89.99 :: 750 ML

    475 ben franklin s, ste 5, indiana

    724.357.4853 :: premium collection

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

    $89.99 :: 750 ML

    109 blue spruce way, murrysville

    724.519.7336 :: premium collection

  5. westland distillery american single malt whiskey 92 proof (2)

    $89.99 :: 750 ML

    1602 cochran rd, pittsburgh

    412.306.3916 :: regular-ass store

  6. antiquary scotch whisky 21 year 86 proof (1)

    $87.99 :: 750 ML

    5990 university blvd, coraopolis

    412.269.2607 :: regular-ass store

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

    $69.99 :: 750 ML

    2310 linglestown rd, harrisburg

    717.671.8751 :: premium collection

  8. bib and tucker bourbon 6 year 92 proof (1)

    $59.99 :: 750 ML

    922 w lancaster ave, bryn mawr

    610.581.4560 :: 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. libery pole spirits peated bourbon whiskey 92 proof (11)

    $56.99 :: 750 ML

    5000 oxford dr, ste 100, bethel park

    412.851.0403 :: premium collection

  11. smooth ambler bourbon old scout 10 year 100 proof (1)

    $54.99 :: 750 ML

    119 west city ave, bala cynwyd

    610.660.6443 :: premium collection

  12. blade and bow kentucky straight bourbon whiskey 91 proof (2)

    $49.99 :: 750 ML

    1515 locust st, # 100, philadelphia

    215.545.1112 :: premium collection

  13. liberty pole spirits bourbon whiskey 92 proof (3)

    $48.99 :: 750 ML

    5000 oxford dr, ste 100, bethel park

    412.851.0403 :: premium collection

  14. jesse james america's outlaw tennessee whiskey 80 proof (38)

    $42.99 :: 750 ML

    1275 york rd, lot 12, gettysburg

    717.337.2168 :: regular-ass store

  15. smooth ambler old scout straight bourbon whiskey 7 year 99 proof (6)

    $39.99 :: 750 ML

    1515 locust st, # 100, philadelphia

    215.545.1112 :: premium collection

  16. 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

  17. compass box peat monster malt scotch (1)

    $37.84 :: 750 ML

    2161 memorial hwy, ste 101, dallas

    570.675.3318 :: premium collection

  18. 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

  19. 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

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

    $34.99 :: 750 ML

    8865 norwin ave, north huntingdon

    724.861.4010 :: premium collection

  21. evan williams single barrel bourbon (6)

    $30.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $18.59

    1903 e 3rd st, williamsport

    570.321.6505 :: premium collection

  22. jesse james america's outlaw bourbon whiskey 80 proof (274)

    $29.99 :: 1.75 L

    1275 york rd, lot 12, gettysburg

    717.337.2168 :: regular-ass store

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

    $24.99 :: 750 ML

    105 harrison ave, greensburg

    724.830.2019 :: regular-ass store

  24. prichard's whiskey tennessee80 proof (4)

    $24.04 :: 750 ML

    2350 noblestown rd, pittsburgh

    412.920.2013 :: regular-ass store

  25. antiquary original red scotch whisky 80 proof (9)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    5990 university blvd, coraopolis

    412.269.2607 :: regular-ass store

  26. evan williams 1783 bourbon (2)

    $19.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $11.99

    178 buckaroo ln, bellefonte

    814.355.2395 :: regular-ass store

  27. bird dog bourbon (2)

    $17.99 :: 750 ML

    1991 sproul rd, spc 37, broomall

    610.325.5248 :: premium collection

  28. jim beam bourbon 4 year old 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

  29. 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

  30. jesse james america's outlaw honey flavored whiskey 70 proof (350)

    $17.99 :: 750 ML

    1275 york rd, lot 12, gettysburg

    717.337.2168 :: regular-ass store

  31. red stag hardcore cider whiskey (2)

    $12.99 :: 750 ML

    12 e hinckley ave, ridley park

    610.595.3410 :: regular-ass store

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

    $11.99 :: 400 ML

    1067 n front st, philipsburg

    814.342.8153 :: regular-ass store

  33. 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

  34. benchmark brown sugar whiskey liqueur (6)

    $7.24 :: 750 ML

    1620 s 4th st, allentown

    610.791.6065 :: regular-ass store

  35. inver house scotch (1)

    $6.99 :: 750 ML

    23 marchwood rd, exton

    610.280.3690 :: regular-ass store

  36. 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

6

rum

  1. berrys' own selection fijian rum 9 year 92 proof (4)

    $89.99 :: 750 ML

    2429 south st, philadelphia

    215.731.2080 :: regular-ass store

  2. stonewall rum pennsylvania 84 proof (6)

    $24.99 :: 750 ML

    3718 easton-nazareth hwy, easton

    610.258.8597 :: premium collection

  3. caliche puerto rican rum 80 proof (2)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    2350 lincoln hwy e, ste 550, lancaster

    717.397.7955 :: pennsylvania lottery

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

    $18.99 :: 750 ML

    11685 bustleton ave, philadelphia

    215.856.6032 :: regular-ass store

  5. cruzan 9 spiced rum (1)

    $12.99 :: 750 ML

    2429 south st, philadelphia

    215.731.2080 :: regular-ass store

  6. malibu island spiced rum (1)

    $11.99 :: 750 ML

    3718 easton-nazareth hwy, easton

    610.258.8597 :: premium collection

4

agave

  1. 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

  2. leticia hermosillo ravalero don cheyo tequila anejo 80 proof (2)

    $42.99 :: 750 ML

    521 beaver st, sewickley

    412.749.4500 :: premium collection

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

    $34.99 :: 750 ML

    105 w 18th st, erie

    814.871.4785 :: regular-ass store

  4. 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. chateau mouton rothschild 2010 (3)

    $1474.99 :: 750 ML

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  2. 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

  3. nicholas catena zapata malbec mendoza 2010 (1)

    $899.99 :: 6 L

    sale price: $539.99

    521 beaver st, sewickley

    412.749.4500 :: premium collection

  4. chateau d'yquem sauternes 2010 (1)

    $878.49 :: 750 ML

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. domaine dujac bonnes mares 2014 (1)

    $549.99 :: 750 ML

    1112 chestnut st #28, philadelphia

    215.923.1790 :: premium collection

  9. chateau mouton rothschild bordeaux pauillac 2014 (3)

    $479.99 :: 750 ML

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  10. 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

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. 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

  5. seagram's escapes grape fizz wine cooler 4 331 ml (1)

    $4.24 :: 1324 ML

    1890 mcclellandtown rd, masontown

    724.583.0470 :: regular-ass store

  6. pinnacle habanero vodka (1)

    $4.99 :: 750 ML

    1112 chestnut st #28, philadelphia

    215.923.1790 :: premium collection

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

    $4.99 :: 250 ML

    1 station cir, narberth

    610.660.6430 :: premium collection

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

    $4.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $3.99

    141 n railroad st, tamaqua

    570.952.3370 :: regular-ass store

  9. leaping horse chardonnay california 2013 (2)

    $4.99 :: 750 ML

    119 west city ave, bala cynwyd

    610.660.6443 :: premium collection

  10. simply naked sauvignon blanc (12)

    $5.44 :: 750 ML

    167 7th st, renovo

    570.923.2731 :: regular-ass store

92

above $100

Top 10 discounted $

  1. nicholas catena zapata malbec mendoza 2010 (1)

    $899.99 :: 6 L

    sale price: $539.99

    521 beaver st, sewickley

    412.749.4500 :: 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. 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

  6. 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

  7. podere il carnasciale il caberlot 2011 (3)

    $299.99 :: 1.5 L

    sale price: $179.99

    821 w lancaster ave, ste 310, wayne

    610.964.5030 :: premium collection

  8. johann joseph prum graacher himmelreich gold cap riesling mosel auslese 2011 (2)

    $230.99 :: 1.5 L

    sale price: $115.49

    521 beaver st, sewickley

    412.749.4500 :: premium collection

  9. louis jadot grand echezeaux 2011 (1)

    $219.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $109.99

    935 old york rd, jenkintown

    215.517.2993 :: premium collection

  10. domaine dujac gevrey chambertin aux combottes 1er cru 2012 (1)

    $274.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $164.99

    275 main st, exton

    610.363.2168 :: premium collection

Top 10 discounted %

  1. 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

  2. framingham classic riesling marlborough 2011 (4)

    $20.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.49

    1115 main st, warrington

    215.798.1180 :: premium collection

  3. adelsheim chardonnay willamette valley 2013 (1)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.99

    3718 easton-nazareth hwy, easton

    610.258.8597 :: premium collection

  4. royal tokaji mad cuvee 2010 (2)

    $21.99 :: 375 ML

    sale price: $10.99

    880 town center dr, york

    717.767.4514 :: premium collection

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. grafen neipperg lemberger wurttemberg germany qba trocken 2012 (1)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.99

    1 station cir, narberth

    610.660.6430 :: premium collection

  8. saint clair pinot noir marlborough 2009 (1)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.99

    3718 easton-nazareth hwy, easton

    610.258.8597 :: premium collection

  9. annabella no 5 napa valley 2010 (1)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.99

    shoppes at belmont 1565 fruitville pk lancaster, pa, 17601-

    717.299.7661 :: premium collection

  10. buried cane heartwood red 2009 (1)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.99

    431 eisenhower dr, hanover

    717.630.3180 :: premium collection

$19.99

median price

104 at $19.99

most common price

350

most bottles

jesse james america's outlaw honey flavored whiskey 70 proof

$17.99

1275 york rd, lot 12, gettysburg :: 717.337.2168

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.