Pennsylvania has some of the strictest liquor laws in the country, selling alcohol only through state-run liquor stores and licensed beer distributors. However, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is now testing a method to bring wine into grocery stores through automated wine kiosk machines. The machine requires customers to swipe their driver’s license, which is then verified by a state employee using a remote camera. The machine also requires a breath test, and denies anyone with a breath alcohol content that registers over .02.
Two kiosks are currently being tested at grocery stores in the Harrisburg area, and have sold about 80 bottles a day since their introduction last month. If all goes well, there could be as many as 100 machines by late September selling 53 varieties of wine at prices ranging from $6 to $20.