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 February 2018

total boozicorns

stores with boozicorns

top 10 stores

2

whisk(e)y

  1. woodford reserve kentucky derby reserve straight bourbon 90 proof (8)

    $44.99 :: 1 L

    1628 john f kennedy blvd, philadelphia

    215.560.5702 :: regular-ass store

  2. jack daniels whiskey independence with glasses (1)

    $24.99 :: 750 ML

    281 s spring garden st, carlisle

    717.249.8159 :: premium collection

0

gin

2

rum

  1. bacardi peach red rum (1)

    $14.99 :: 750 ML

    1502 w chester pike, west chester

    610.436.1714 :: regular-ass store

  2. bacardi o rum (1)

    $9.99 :: 750 ML

    920 baltimore ave, lansdowne

    610.284.7842 :: regular-ass store

0

agave

Top 10 by price

  1. chateau margaux 2000 (2)

    $2499.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $999.99

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

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

    $667.49 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $533.99

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  3. terriccio lupicaia 2004 (1)

    $468.99 :: 3 L

    sale price: $375.19

    974 freeport rd, pittsburgh

    412.784.5800 :: premium collection

  4. e guigal la mouline cote rotie 2004 (4)

    $325.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $260.79

    2503 mickley ave, whitehall

    610.437.2697 :: premium collection

  5. louis jadot batard montrachet 2007 (2)

    $273.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $219.19

    5956 centre ave, ste 201, pittsburgh

    412.204.8002 :: premium collection

  6. taittinger rauscheberg collection 2000 (1)

    $259.49 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $207.59

    222 northern blvd, ste c, clarks summit

    570.586.0341 :: premium collection

  7. tua rita redigaffi merlot igt 2005 (6)

    $236.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $189.59

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  8. m by michael mondavi cabernet sauvignon 2005 (5)

    $199.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $159.99

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  9. domaine fontaine gagnard criots batard montrachet 2006 (1)

    $194.49 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $155.59

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  10. louis latour clos de vougeot 2005 (1)

    $148.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $119.19

    2040 market st, philadelphia

    215.241.1497 :: premium collection

Bottom 10 by price

  1. foxhorn merlot california (1)

    $1.99 :: 750 ML

    3929 washington rd, mcmurray

    724.942.2050 :: regular-ass store

  2. lindemans bin 40 merlot (1)

    $3.99 :: 1.5 L

    3045 n 5th street hwy, unit 3, reading

    610.921.4222 :: regular-ass store

  3. luna di luna chardonnay pinot grigio italy (1)

    $6.99 :: 750 ML

    209 w lancaster ave, wayne

    610.964.6720 :: regular-ass store

  4. wave cherry vodka (2)

    $6.99 :: 1 L

    821 centennial st, houtzdale

    814.378.4900 :: regular-ass store

  5. hiram walker pumpkin spice liqueur 30 proof (1)

    $6.99 :: 750 ML

    23 marchwood rd, exton

    610.280.3690 :: regular-ass store

  6. funky llama shiraz (28)

    $6.99 :: 750 ML

    7702 city ave, philadelphia

    215.452.5300 :: regular-ass store

  7. santa rita cabernet sauvignon reserve (1)

    $7.24 :: 750 ML

    3413 fox st, philadelphia

    215.221.1303 :: regular-ass store

  8. gekkeikan plum wine (1)

    $7.84 :: 750 ML

    2910 conestoga rd, glenmoore

    610.458.5003 :: regular-ass store

  9. pinnacle banana vodka 70 proof (1)

    $7.99 :: 750 ML

    362 s walnut st, bath

    610.837.4260 :: regular-ass store

  10. cook's spumante 4 187 ml (1)

    $7.99 :: 748 ML

    920 baltimore ave, lansdowne

    610.284.7842 :: regular-ass store

14

above $100

Top 10 discounted $

  1. chateau margaux 2000 (2)

    $2499.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $999.99

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

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

    $667.49 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $533.99

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  3. terriccio lupicaia 2004 (1)

    $468.99 :: 3 L

    sale price: $375.19

    974 freeport rd, pittsburgh

    412.784.5800 :: premium collection

  4. e guigal la mouline cote rotie 2004 (4)

    $325.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $260.79

    2503 mickley ave, whitehall

    610.437.2697 :: premium collection

  5. torbreck the pict mataro 2006 (5)

    $129.49 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $64.74

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  6. louis jadot batard montrachet 2007 (2)

    $273.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $219.19

    5956 centre ave, ste 201, pittsburgh

    412.204.8002 :: premium collection

  7. taittinger rauscheberg collection 2000 (1)

    $259.49 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $207.59

    222 northern blvd, ste c, clarks summit

    570.586.0341 :: premium collection

  8. tua rita redigaffi merlot igt 2005 (6)

    $236.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $189.59

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  9. m by michael mondavi cabernet sauvignon 2005 (5)

    $199.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $159.99

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  10. domaine fontaine gagnard criots batard montrachet 2006 (1)

    $194.49 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $155.59

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

Top 10 discounted %

  1. chateau margaux 2000 (2)

    $2499.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $999.99

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  2. duca di castelmonte passito di pantelleria ipsus 2007 (1)

    $24.99 :: 500 ML

    sale price: $12.49

    62 greenfield ave, ardmore

    610.645.5010 :: premium collection

  3. lustau almacenista oloroso pata de gallina juan garcia jarana non vintage (3)

    $30.99 :: 500 ML

    sale price: $15.49

    44 ridge pike, conshohocken

    610.940.1212 :: premium collection

  4. testarossa pinot noir santa lucia highlands sleepy hollow vineyard 2006 (2)

    $39.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $19.99

    431 eisenhower dr, hanover

    717.630.3180 :: premium collection

  5. adriano ramos pinto porto 10 year old tawny quinta de ervamoira nv (8)

    $42.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $21.49

    821 w lancaster ave, ste 310, wayne

    610.964.5030 :: premium collection

  6. lenoble brut nature nv (4)

    $48.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $24.49

    3845 northern pike, monroeville

    412.380.1308 :: premium collection

  7. vina de nabot 2004 (8)

    $67.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $33.99

    222 northern blvd, ste c, clarks summit

    570.586.0341 :: premium collection

  8. laurent perrier ultra brut nv (1)

    $69.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $34.99

    3845 northern pike, monroeville

    412.380.1308 :: premium collection

  9. torbreck the pict mataro 2006 (5)

    $129.49 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $64.74

    558 centerville rd, ste d, lancaster

    717.898.5944 :: premium collection

  10. alvear solera cream sherry nv (5)

    $22.99 :: 500 ML

    sale price: $18.39

    315 w baltimore ave, media

    610.480.5155 :: premium collection

$31.49

median price

6 at $9.99

most common price

32

most bottles

concha y toro xplorador malbec

$9.99

430 e main st, middletown :: 717.948.3533

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.