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.

16 January 2018

total boozicorns

stores with boozicorns

top 10 stores

26

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

    $199.99 :: 750 ML

    20111 rte 19, cranberry twp

    724.776.0300 :: premium collection

  3. four roses kentucky straight bourbon small batch barrel strength limited edition 2017 108.6 proof (1)

    $124.99 :: 750 ML

    1628 john f kennedy blvd, philadelphia

    215.560.5702 :: regular-ass store

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

    $87.99 :: 750 ML

    5990 university blvd, coraopolis

    412.269.2607 :: regular-ass store

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

    $79.99 :: 750 ML

    1602 cochran rd, pittsburgh

    412.306.3916 :: regular-ass store

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

    $69.99 :: 750 ML

    2547 e market st, york

    717.751.6884 :: premium collection

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

    $69.99 :: 750 ML

    2310 linglestown rd, harrisburg

    717.671.8751 :: premium collection

  8. elijah craig bourbon barrel proof (3)

    $64.99 :: 750 ML

    3413 fox st, philadelphia

    215.221.1303 :: regular-ass store

  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. buffalo trace distillery bourbon (19)

    $47.99 :: 1.75 L

    2161 memorial hwy, ste 101, dallas

    570.675.3318 :: premium collection

  12. 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

  13. woodford reserve kentucky derby reserve straight bourbon 90 proof (9)

    $39.99 :: 1 L

    1628 john f kennedy blvd, philadelphia

    215.560.5702 :: regular-ass store

  14. dewars white label scotch and highland honey 2 pk (6)

    $39.99 :: 1.5 L

    2807 s front st, philadelphia

    215.952.1000 :: regular-ass store

  15. 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

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

    $37.99 :: 750 ML

    5070 jonestown rd, harrisburg

    717.671.0435 :: premium collection

  17. 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

  18. antiquary original red scotch whisky 80 proof (11)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    5990 university blvd, coraopolis

    412.269.2607 :: regular-ass store

  19. stave and steel bourbon barrel aged cabernet sauvignon (5)

    $18.99 :: 750 ML

    1772 tilden ridge dr, hamburg

    610.562.6586 :: regular-ass store

  20. bird dog bourbon (2)

    $17.99 :: 750 ML

    1991 sproul rd, spc 37, broomall

    610.325.5248 :: premium collection

  21. jim beam apple whiskey with glasses (1)

    $17.99 :: 750 ML

    3735 west chester pk , ste 201, newtown square

    610.325.2360 :: premium collection

  22. cinerator cinnamon flavored whiskey (1)

    $14.99 :: 750 ML

    1446 point breeze ave, philadelphia

    215.952.1032 :: regular-ass store

  23. junior johnson's midnight moon cherry moonshine whiskey (2)

    $13.24 :: 750 ML

    644 e main st, lansdale

    215.361.2339 :: regular-ass store

  24. red stag hardcore cider whiskey (2)

    $12.99 :: 750 ML

    12 e hinckley ave, ridley park

    610.595.3410 :: regular-ass store

  25. george dickel no 8 tennessee whiskey80 proof (1)

    $12.04 :: 750 ML

    2 village ctr, tunkhannock

    570.836.2366 :: regular-ass store

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

    $11.99 :: 400 ML

    1067 n front st, philipsburg

    814.342.8153 :: regular-ass store

1

gin

  1. broker's gin gift set with glass (3)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    552 lancaster ave, berwyn

    610.699.1100 :: regular-ass store

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 (42)

    $29.99 :: 1 L

    125 w. dekalb pk, king of prussia

    610.768.3102 :: premium collection

  4. bacardi black razz rum (1)

    $26.99 :: 1.75 L

    920 baltimore ave, lansdowne

    610.284.7842 :: regular-ass store

  5. 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

  6. bacardi rum 151 proof (2)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    605 main st, forest city

    570.785.5305 :: regular-ass store

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

    $18.99 :: 750 ML

    11685 bustleton ave, philadelphia

    215.856.6032 :: regular-ass store

  8. 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

  9. malibu winter edition caribbean rum (5)

    $14.99 :: 750 ML

    10 old clairton rd, pittsburgh

    412.650.8263 :: 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

3

agave

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

    $42.99 :: 750 ML

    521 beaver st, sewickley

    412.749.4500 :: premium collection

  2. el buho mezcal oaxaca mexico tequila 86 proof (4)

    $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

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

    sale price: $999.99

    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. chateau mouton rothschild pauillac 2009 (1)

    $1250.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $500.39

    160 market st #6, collegeville

    610.489.4582 :: premium collection

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

    $1199.99 :: 3 L

    sale price: $959.99

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  6. chateau cheval blanc saint emilion 2006 (2)

    $1001.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $801.59

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

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

    $999.99 :: 1.5 L

    521 beaver st, sewickley

    412.749.4500 :: premium collection

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

    $999.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $799.99

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  9. catena zapata malbec agrentino mendoza 2009 (1)

    $899.99 :: 6 L

    sale price: $719.99

    521 beaver st, sewickley

    412.749.4500 :: premium collection

  10. nicholas catena zapata malbec mendoza 2010 (1)

    $899.99 :: 6 L

    sale price: $719.99

    521 beaver st, sewickley

    412.749.4500 :: premium collection

Bottom 10 by price

  1. 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

  2. jim beam and ginger rtd (120)

    $1.8 :: 355 ML

    2807 s front st, philadelphia

    215.952.1000 :: regular-ass store

  3. jim beam and colartd (96)

    $1.8 :: 355 ML

    2807 s front st, philadelphia

    215.952.1000 :: regular-ass store

  4. foxhorn merlot california (1)

    $1.99 :: 750 ML

    3929 washington rd, mcmurray

    724.942.2050 :: regular-ass store

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

    $1.99 :: 296 ML

    2629 brownsville rd, pittsburgh

    412.886.2003 :: regular-ass store

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

    $1.99 :: 296 ML

    105 harrison ave, greensburg

    724.830.2019 :: regular-ass store

  7. m d 20 20 coco loco (1)

    $3.49 :: 750 ML

    131 n duke st, ste 4, york

    717.771.4450 :: regular-ass store

  8. popcrush pinot grigio (2)

    $3.99 :: 750 ML

    2034 w state st, new castle

    724.656.3356 :: regular-ass store

  9. lindemans bin 40 merlot (1)

    $3.99 :: 1.5 L

    3045 n 5th street hwy, unit 3, reading

    610.921.4222 :: regular-ass store

  10. croctails mojito frozen cocktail pouch (1)

    $3.99 :: 375 ML

    2807 s front st, philadelphia

    215.952.1000 :: regular-ass store

118

above $100

Top 10 discounted $

  1. chateau margaux 2000 (3)

    $2499.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $999.99

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  2. chateau mouton rothschild pauillac 2009 (1)

    $1250.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $500.39

    160 market st #6, collegeville

    610.489.4582 :: premium collection

  3. chateau mouton rothschild 2005 (1)

    $805.49 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $402.74

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  4. domaine dujac echezeaux 2005 (1)

    $699.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $349.99

    1112 chestnut st #28, philadelphia

    215.923.1790 :: premium collection

  5. e guigal cote rotie la mouline 2009 (1)

    $499.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $249.99

    974 freeport rd, pittsburgh

    412.784.5800 :: premium collection

  6. e guigal cote rotie la turque 2009 (2)

    $499.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $249.99

    109 blue spruce way, murrysville

    724.519.7336 :: premium collection

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

    $1199.99 :: 3 L

    sale price: $959.99

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  8. verite la muse sonoma county 2008 (4)

    $444.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $222.49

    1200 market st, lemoyne

    717.731.7143 :: premium collection

  9. chateau cheval blanc saint emilion 2006 (2)

    $1001.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $801.59

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

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

    $999.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $799.99

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

Top 10 discounted %

  1. roger peguet hermitage 2010 (1)

    $49.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $19.95

    222 northern blvd, ste c, clarks summit

    570.586.0341 :: premium collection

  2. loimer gruner veltliner kamptal 2011 (1)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $8.79

    119 west city ave, bala cynwyd

    610.660.6443 :: premium collection

  3. to celebrate the people we love red california 2009 (1)

    $26.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.79

    315 w baltimore ave, media

    610.480.5155 :: premium collection

  4. santa duc vacqueyras 2009 (7)

    $32.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $13.19

    222 northern blvd, ste c, clarks summit

    570.586.0341 :: premium collection

  5. chateau la louviere blanc 2010 (1)

    $41.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $16.79

    5280 rte 30, ste 4, greensburg

    724.836.0475 :: premium collection

  6. domaine ostertag pinot gris fronholz 2010 (1)

    $42.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $17.19

    109 blue spruce way, murrysville

    724.519.7336 :: premium collection

  7. carmen gold cabernet sauvignon chile 2009 (1)

    $49.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $19.99

    180 w girard ave, philadelphia

    215.560.5011 :: premium collection

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

    $49.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $19.99

    222 northern blvd, ste c, clarks summit

    570.586.0341 :: premium collection

  9. torres mas la plana cabernet sauvignon penedes 2008 (3)

    $62.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $25.19

    1 station cir, narberth

    610.660.6430 :: premium collection

  10. gaja rossj bass langhe 2011 (2)

    $74.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $29.99

    431 eisenhower dr, hanover

    717.630.3180 :: premium collection

$21.99

median price

86 at $19.99

most common price

1320

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.