According to reports out of Philly.com, last week Pennsylvania State Troopers raided several Philadelphia bars for offering beers not registered with the state Liquor Control Board (LCB). The average beer drinker may say "so, maybe the bars should have registered the beers." That would be a valid point except it's not up to the local pub or tavern to register the beer.
Turns out the keystone cops confiscated beer from bars that"had bought the beer legally from licensed Pennsylvania distributors and had paid all the necessary taxes".
One bar owner reports that half of the beers seized by the troopers actually are registered with the LCB. Like, for example, Monk's Cafe Sour Flemish Red Ale. "The beer has been sold throughout the state at dozens of restaurants and distributors for the last seven years. The brand appears on the state's online list as 'Monk's Café Ale.'"
A follow up article on Philly.com talks to the politicals. Said State Representative John Taylor: "There are other important things those personnel could be doing. Over the years we've had problems [in bars] with gun sales, prostitution, drug sales, after-hour operations, sales to minors - serious issues of concern to the community. I don't think this is one of them."