MontCo, Berks Liquor License-Holders Cited in January

ALLENTOWN PA – A total of 70 complaints about liquor law violations at restaurants and bars that serve alcoholic beverages in Montgomery, Berks, and four other counties were received by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement during January 2023, according to its month-end report.

Troopers assigned to the bureau enforce liquor laws at more than 3,400 establishments in the state’s District 9, headquartered in Allentown. From Jan. 1-31, they said they investigated violations involving sales to under-age individuals, beverage dispensing, small games of chance, administrative and employee actions, management changes, smoking in prohibited areas, and other offenses.

Citations were issued during January to:

  • Five license-holders in Berks County, located in Hamburg, Morgantown, Reading (2), and Sinking Spring;
  • Nine licensees in Montgomery County, located in Ardmore, Elroy, Conshohocken, Norristown, Bryn Mawr, Narberth, Blue Bell (2), and Wyndmoor; and
  • Six in Bucks County, five in Lehigh County, three in Northampton County; and five in Schuylkill County.

In all the bureau said it issued 36 letters notifying license-holders of violations, and an additional 42 letters warning license-holders of problems that required remediation.

Troopers said any charges will be brought before an administrative law judge who has the authority to impose penalties ranging from $50-$1,000 for minor offenses, and up to $5,000 for more serious offenses. The judge also can impose a license suspension or revocation of the license based on the severity of charges brought; and can mandate training for licensees to educate them regarding state requirements.

Graphic from the Pennsylvania State Police