If you think people in and around the city of Philadelphia like to drink (a lot), you’re right.
But how many might be a bit of a shock.
Pour yourself a drink and let’s look at some numbers.
According to a report just released by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board which covers a period from July 2021 to June 2022, nearly $900 million worth of alcohol was sold in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties.
$896,043,026, to be exact.
Here’s how much alcohol was sold in each county
- Philadelphia – $267,531,996
- Montgomery – $239,981,301
- Dollars – $168,085,413
- Chester – $123,876,646
- Delaware – $96,567,670
That’s a lot of alcohol.
In fact, over 36% of all alcohol sold in the entire state of Pennsylvania was sold in the Philadelphia metro.
But here’s an interesting observation: while more than $267 million worth of alcohol was sold in Philadelphia itself, Pittsburgh took home the trophy.
Those of the Steel City brought in nearly $349 million. That’s a third of a billion dollars in a county in one year.
The Steelers can’t be that bad.
So what are people buying?
Main product categories in Pennsylvania
- Unflavored vodka – $323,887,781
- American whiskey (bourbon) – $265,576,360
- Tequila, Silver or Blanco – $96,274,382
- California Cabernet Sauvignon – $94,254,064
- Flavored Whiskey – $91,358,189
Here are the best-selling spirits in the Keystone State
- Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey (4.63 million units sold)
- New Amsterdam Vodka (1.62M units)
- Tito’s Handmade Vodka, 1.75 L bottle (1.44 million units)
- Tito’s Handmade Vodka, 1 L bottle (1.36 million units)
- Tito’s Handmade Vodka, 750 ml bottle (1.32 million units)
Here are the best-selling wines in Pennsylvania
- La Marca Prosecco (778,000 units sold)
- Cavit Pinot Grigio (537K units)
- Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay (518K units)
- Apothic Red Winemaker’s Blend (458K units)
- Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay (434K units)
Billions of alcohol
Overall, in fiscal year 2021-22, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board had total sales of $3.02 billion (including alcohol and sales tax), which represents an increase 3.8% compared to the previous year.
This is the first time that more than $3 billion worth of alcohol has been sold in the state.
And while we know what people drink in Pennsylvania, let’s take a look around the country…