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.

05 January 2019

total boozicorns

stores with boozicorns

top 10 stores

18

whisk(e)y

  1. kentucky owl the wiseman's rye kentucky straight rye whiskey 11 year 101.8 proof (1)

    $199.99 :: 750 ML

    5600 rte 8, gibsonia

    724.444.1150 :: regular-ass store

  2. the macallan highland single malt scotch whisky edition no 3 96 proof (1)

    $99.99 :: 750 ML

    1112 chestnut st #28, philadelphia

    215.923.1790 :: premium collection

  3. widow jane straight bourbon whiskey 12 year 99 proof (2)

    $84.99 :: 750 ML

    2040 market st, philadelphia

    215.241.1497 :: premium collection

  4. powers johns lane irish whiskey 92 proof (1)

    $64.99 :: 750 ML

    1112 chestnut st #28, philadelphia

    215.923.1790 :: premium collection

  5. smooth ambler big level wheated bourbon 100 proof (1)

    $54.99 :: 750 ML

    100 kenhorst plaza 1895 new holland rd reading, pa, 19607-

    610.775.2394 :: regular-ass store

  6. ardbeg islay single malt scotch whisky with 2x50 ml exploration pack 92 proof (6)

    $51.99 :: 850 ML

    2310 linglestown rd, harrisburg

    717.671.8751 :: premium collection

  7. social still freakshow straight bourbon whiskey 84 proof (1)

    $49.99 :: 750 ML

    6560 carlisle pike, ste 350, mechanicsburg

    717.795.6327 :: regular-ass store

  8. liberty pole spirits bourbon whiskey 92 proof (2)

    $48.99 :: 750 ML

    5000 oxford dr, ste 100, bethel park

    412.851.0403 :: premium collection

  9. basil hayden's rye whiskey 2017 release (1)

    $48.99 :: 750 ML

    2161 memorial hwy, ste 101, dallas

    570.675.3318 :: premium collection

  10. calumet farm bourbon whiskey with derby glass 86 proof (2)

    $44.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $35.99

    2161 memorial hwy, ste 101, dallas

    570.675.3318 :: premium collection

  11. jack daniel's old no 7 tennessee whiskey 150th anniversary 86 proof (2)

    $27.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $13.99

    2040 market st, philadelphia

    215.241.1497 :: premium collection

  12. old grand dad bottled in bond bourbon 4 year old (1)

    $24.99 :: 1.75 L

    90 allegheny river blvd, verona

    412.826.6569 :: regular-ass store

  13. jim beam black bourbon 86 proof with two glasses (1)

    $24.99 :: 750 ML

    1935 fairmount ave, philadelphia

    215.560.6915 :: regular-ass store

  14. jim beam kentucky fire flavored whiskey 70 proof (2)

    $21.04 :: 1.75 L

    722 brookline blvd, pittsburgh

    412.306.3913 :: regular-ass store

  15. bird dog bourbon (2)

    $17.99 :: 750 ML

    1991 sproul rd, spc 37, broomall

    610.325.5248 :: premium collection

  16. 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

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

    $11.99 :: 400 ML

    1067 n front st, philipsburg

    814.342.8153 :: regular-ass store

  18. blanton's single barrel bourbon 93 proof (1)

    $5.99 :: 50 ML

    2040 market st, philadelphia

    215.241.1497 :: premium collection

2

gin

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

    $44.99 :: 1.5 L

    3521 cottman ave, philadelphia

    215.708.3125 :: regular-ass store

  2. cadee distillery intrigue gin 88 proof (1)

    $33.49 :: 750 ML

    3929 washington rd, mcmurray

    724.942.2050 :: regular-ass store

4

rum

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

    $18.99 :: 750 ML

    11685 bustleton ave, philadelphia

    215.856.6032 :: regular-ass store

  2. rumhaven coconut rum 42 proof (13)

    $12.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $6.49

    3486 concord rd, store 11, aston

    610.497.7922 :: regular-ass store

  3. malibu island spiced rum 60 proof (1)

    $11.99 :: 750 ML

    3718 easton-nazareth hwy, easton

    610.258.8597 :: premium collection

  4. bacardi big apple rum (1)

    $9.04 :: 750 ML

    2629 brownsville rd, pittsburgh

    412.886.2003 :: regular-ass store

2

agave

  1. sauza tres generaciones plata tequila with glass (12)

    $40.99 :: 750 ML

    853 w baltimore pike, west grove

    610.869.4955 :: regular-ass store

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

    $27.99 :: 750 ML

    2310 linglestown rd, harrisburg

    717.671.8751 :: premium collection

Top 10 by price

  1. 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

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

    $479.99 :: 3 L

    sale price: $239.99

    802 shrewsbury commons ave, shrewsbury

    717.759.2639 :: premium collection

  3. domaine louis jadot gevrey chambertin grand cru chambertin clos de beze 2016 (6)

    $419.99 :: 750 ML

    1112 chestnut st #28, philadelphia

    215.923.1790 :: premium collection

  4. domaine dujac clos st denis grand cru 2014 (4)

    $414.99 :: 750 ML

    1112 chestnut st #28, philadelphia

    215.923.1790 :: premium collection

  5. moet imperial brut 3l (2)

    $329.99 :: 3 L

    534 w broad st, hazleton

    570.454.7930 :: regular-ass store

  6. domaine dujac vosne romanee les beaux monts 1er cru 2014 (6)

    $274.99 :: 750 ML

    1112 chestnut st #28, philadelphia

    215.923.1790 :: premium collection

  7. domaine jean louis chave et fils blanc hermitage 2007 (3)

    $239.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $119.99

    900 water st, meadville

    814.336.5885 :: regular-ass store

  8. domaine dujac vosne romanee les beaux monts 1er cru 2013 (1)

    $236.99 :: 750 ML

    1112 chestnut st #28, philadelphia

    215.923.1790 :: premium collection

  9. domaine dujac gevrey chambertin aux combottes 1er cru 2013 (3)

    $217.99 :: 750 ML

    1112 chestnut st #28, philadelphia

    215.923.1790 :: premium collection

  10. kentucky owl the wiseman's rye kentucky straight rye whiskey 11 year 101.8 proof (1)

    $199.99 :: 750 ML

    5600 rte 8, gibsonia

    724.444.1150 :: regular-ass store

Bottom 10 by price

  1. arbor mist blackberry merlot frozen wine cocktail (1)

    $0.99 :: 296 ML

    23 marchwood rd, exton

    610.280.3690 :: regular-ass store

  2. foxhorn merlot california (1)

    $1.99 :: 750 ML

    3929 washington rd, mcmurray

    724.942.2050 :: regular-ass store

  3. copa di vino riesling willamette valley (12)

    $2.49 :: 187 ML

    3430 rte 940, ste 101, mt pocono

    570.839.9586 :: premium collection

  4. christian brothers cream sherry dessert (12)

    $2.49 :: 750 ML

    9345 state rte 61, coal township

    570.648.3953 :: regular-ass store

  5. copa di vino merlot willamette valley (24)

    $2.49 :: 187 ML

    30 e 4th st, bethlehem

    610.861.2109 :: regular-ass store

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

    $4.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $2.49

    141 n railroad st, tamaqua

    570.952.3370 :: regular-ass store

  7. hrm rex goliath cabernet sauvignon (3)

    $4.99 :: 500 ML

    sale price: $2.99

    3521 cottman ave, philadelphia

    215.708.3125 :: regular-ass store

  8. blue fish sweet riesling (1)

    $5.44 :: 750 ML

    179b levittown pkwy, levittown

    215.547.1111 :: regular-ass store

  9. simply naked sauvignon blanc (12)

    $5.44 :: 750 ML

    167 7th st, renovo

    570.923.2731 :: regular-ass store

  10. pravda vodka counter display gift box (5)

    $5.99 :: 200 ML

    552 lancaster ave, berwyn

    610.699.1100 :: regular-ass store

25

above $100

Top 10 discounted $

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

    $479.99 :: 3 L

    sale price: $239.99

    802 shrewsbury commons ave, shrewsbury

    717.759.2639 :: premium collection

  2. domaine jean louis chave et fils blanc hermitage 2007 (3)

    $239.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $119.99

    900 water st, meadville

    814.336.5885 :: regular-ass store

  3. kathryn kennedy winery cabernet sauvignon santa cruz mountains estate 2009 (3)

    $111.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $55.99

    775 gap newport rd, lot e-1, avondale

    610.268.1696 :: premium collection

  4. catena zapata adrianna white bones chardonnay mendoza 2012 (1)

    $106.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $53.49

    802 shrewsbury commons ave, shrewsbury

    717.759.2639 :: premium collection

  5. morlet billet doux alexander valley 2010 (23)

    $92.99 :: 375 ML

    sale price: $46.49

    1025 washington pike, bridgeville

    412.914.0810 :: regular-ass store

  6. dr heger pinot noir dry baden grosses gewachs 2009 (1)

    $92.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $46.49

    275 main st, exton

    610.363.2168 :: premium collection

  7. kracher weinlaubenhof kollektion nummer 1 traminer trcknbr auslese austria 2011 (1)

    $89.99 :: 375 ML

    sale price: $44.99

    2040 market st, philadelphia

    215.241.1497 :: premium collection

  8. vermeil jean louis vermeil cabernet sauvignon napa valley 2012 (1)

    $84.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $42.49

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

    717.299.7661 :: premium collection

  9. grgich hill violetta 2009 (1)

    $79.99 :: 375 ML

    sale price: $39.99

    3718 easton-nazareth hwy, easton

    610.258.8597 :: premium collection

  10. andrew will ciel du cheval vineyard red blend red mountain 2012 (6)

    $74.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $37.49

    2040 market st, philadelphia

    215.241.1497 :: premium collection

Top 10 discounted %

  1. cacciata chianti classico riserva 2008 (1)

    $20.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.49

    5035 township line rd, drexel hill

    610.860.9405 :: premium collection

  2. schild cabernet sauvignon barossa valley 2011 (2)

    $20.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.49

    44 ridge pike, conshohocken

    610.940.1212 :: premium collection

  3. purple star cabernet sauvignon petit verdot columbia valley washington 2012 (1)

    $20.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.49

    521 beaver st, sewickley

    412.749.4500 :: premium collection

  4. adelsheim chardonnay willamette valley 2013 (1)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.99

    3718 easton-nazareth hwy, easton

    610.258.8597 :: premium collection

  5. carini dubakella pinot noir trinity county 2007 (2)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.99

    3718 easton-nazareth hwy, easton

    610.258.8597 :: premium collection

  6. casa lapostolle cabernet sauvignon colchagua valley cuvee alexandre 2013 (1)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.99

    5000 oxford dr, ste 100, bethel park

    412.851.0403 :: premium collection

  7. 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

  8. buried cane heartwood red 2009 (1)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.99

    431 eisenhower dr, hanover

    717.630.3180 :: premium collection

  9. chateau d'esclans whispering angel cotes de provence rose 2016 (1)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.99

    44 ridge pike, conshohocken

    610.940.1212 :: premium collection

  10. peju sauvignon blanc 2015 (1)

    $21.99 :: 750 ML

    sale price: $10.99

    2040 market st, philadelphia

    215.241.1497 :: premium collection

$16.99

median price

43 at $14.99

most common price

98

most bottles

fancy pants red

$6.04

6560 carlisle pike, ste 350, mechanicsburg :: 717.795.6327

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.