Philly cops raid bars for "unregistered" beer:
"My main beef with this whole convoluted situation is that the PLCB is the sole regulator of a set of products that they do not even know the names of," she said.
Yeah. I can see how that might be a problem. But I can totally see how it makes Pennsylvanians safer, just read this:
Francesca Chapman, a PLCB spokeswoman, said that the registration requirement helps the state assure payment of state beer taxes and helps prosecutors identify alcoholic beverages in drunk-driving cases or any other type of prosecution.
I can see how that's totally relevant. "Your honor, the defendant claims he was drinking Duvel beer. But as you can see in exhibit A, the label clearly reads "Duvel Belgian Golden Ale!" [jury gasps]. "I rest my case, your honor."
Her argument basically being that to make 100% certain they can't be held accountable for misidentifying a beer in court in the essentially unimaginable scenario in which that might be relevant, they must confiscate any beer that they have misidentified.
Note especially that the only scenario in which the identification of a beer would be legally relevant is in a case such as this, where the need for identification has been crafted wholecloth by the PLCB through a moronically circular argument.