Delaware County isn’t nearly as thirsty as Chester, Montgomery, Bucks, Philadelphia or Allegheny counties, according to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s annual report for 2018-19.
The report shows Delaware County ranked sixth in wine and liquor sales, generating $88,114,171 in sales for 2018-19, or 3.95 percent of the Philadelphia region’s county share.
Leading the pack was Allegheny County, with $309,592,819 in wine and liquor sales for 2018-19, or 13.88 percent share. Philadelphia was next, at $256,390,611, or 11.5 percent.
Montgomery County placed third, with $222,612,635 in sales, or 9.98 percent. Bucks County placed fourth, with $151,932,397, or 6.81 percent. Chester County was fifth, with $116,033,502 in wine and liquor sales in 2018-19, or 5.2 percent.
Delaware County’s drink of choice was red table wine, which generated the highest sales at $15,789,229. Next was vodka, $14,512,055; whiskey, $13,588,385; white table wine, $12,399,063 and brandy and cognac at $5,478,421.
Across Pennsylvania, the best-selling product last year was mini airplane bottles of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky.
Pennsylvanian’s wet their whistle on 5.5 million 99-cent bottles of the stuff, a 272.8 percent sales increase, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Overall, wine, liquor and spirits sales were at a five-year high across the state, the Journal reported.