Places You Can Still Buy Liquor in Berks County

Virtually everyone has been affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic and many of you know that for safety reasons all liquor stores in Berks County and the state of Pennsylvania are all closed. The good news is that for those of you who are a little crafty, there are still quite a few places where you can score some liquor and a couple of bottles of wine for the remainder of your quarantine. 


Reading Distilling Guild

Reading Distilling Guild

Distilleries have been allowed to stay open and keep producing spirits. Reading Distilling Guild has had its stock depleted but they say they have increased production to meet the new demand and will reopen this week for curbside pickup of Reading Distilling Guild branded spirits including vodka and a few different types of rum. 

Reading Distilling Guild @ 503 Penn St, Reading, PA

Rebel Hive Meadery

Rebel Hive Meadery

If you haven’t tried honey wine then you are missing out! This stuff is delicious and clocks about twice as much alcohol content as regular wine. Rebel Hive Meadery is a local company that is taking orders for delivery online and sells its products at the Fairgrounds Farmers Market. 

Available at the Fairgrounds Farmers Market

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Hillbilly Hooch Distillery

Hillbilly Hooch

Hillbilly Hooch is a small local distillery who also sells their spirits at the Fairgrounds Farmers Market. If the pandemic has got you down there is nothing like a bottle of 180 proof moonshine to cheer you up! This stuff is also great for making homemade hand sanitizer! Their location in Orwigsburg is also open from Wed-Sat for pick up orders.

Available at the Fairgrounds Farmers Market


Local Wineries

Berks County is home to more than a dozen local wineries who are all most likely still selling bottles and cases of wine for pick up orders. There are too many to list here but you can check out our article on Award-Winning Wines in Berks County if you need a few recommendations.


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3 Homes for Sale in Berks County to Escape the Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone across the globe. Many of you are in cities like New York and Philadelphia where the pandemic is hitting the hardest. If you are looking for properties to escape from those metropolitan areas and you want Hampton’s style living at a fraction of the cost, then you might consider these luxury estates in Berks County. 


479 Imperial Dr, Mohnton, PA 19540 – $2,225,000

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This magnificent home features 6 bedrooms, 9 full baths and 2 half baths on 9.3 acres in Berks County. This 20,000+ sq ft. home features nearly every amenity you can ask for including a full basketball court, a gym, an incredible man cave game room with a pool table, poker table and full bar.  The highlight of this property is the 3 level indoor saltwater pool and hot tub. This house is truly luxury living!


1081 Grange Rd, Leesport, PA 19533 – $2,425,000

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This 4 bedroom, 5 1/2 bath property features nearly 7,000 sq. ft. of luxury living located on nearly 53 acres of conserved land. It features and beautiful 30′ x 50′ pool with waterfall spa, pool house, tennis court, and a horse barn. Plenty of luxury amenities add to the charm of this beautiful estate, also known as Emerald Green. 

325 Huntzinger Rd, Wernersville, PA 19565 – $1,950,000


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Perfect property for the experienced Equestrian or the avid hunter. Words cannot describe this amazing 176 acre one-of-a-kind property. Amazing, the restored stone farmhouse offers original charm with updated details & amenities-Great for entertaining/Stone bank barn with stalls & custom workshop/Large Garage with Apartment or Full Guest Suite/Multiple pastures/ Scenic spring-fed pond/Many wooded areas/Large outdoor riding ring/ Multiple decks & patios…This incredible property has something for everyone!!!


About the Author – 

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Joe DiRosa

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of I am an Entrepreneur, own several brands and web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at

Berks coronavirus cases rise by 3; state’s cases jump by 643

Berks County’s coronavirus case count rose by 3 to 68, according to numbers released by Pennsylvania on Sunday afternoon.

Positive COVID-19 cases across the state rose by 643 to 3,394. That’s up from 533 additional cases on Saturday and 531 on Friday. Four additional deaths were reported, bringing the state’s total to 38. There are still no deaths reported in Berks.

State testing has been negative in 30,061 instances.

The state does not provide the numbers of patients who have recovered. The state also does not specify the municipality of a COVID-19 victim. County health departments could do that but Berks does not have such a department.

Earlier Sunday, the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert warned that millions of Americans will be infected by the coronavirus and 100,000 to 200,000 will die.

The dire prediction came from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union.” As of Sunday afternoon, the U.S. had over 132,000 infections and over 2,300 deaths.

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Berks, 21 other Pa. counties added to stay-at-home order

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised their “Stay at Home” orders to include Beaver, Centre and Washington counties, bringing the state total to 22 counties under a stay-at-home order.

The order now includes these 22 counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Centre, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland and York counties.

The order will officially go into effect at 8 p.m. Saturday and continue until April 6, according to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.

“We know which counties those increases are in, and as those numbers increase to a significant level and we have evidence of community spread, we discuss that with the governor and his administration,” said Dr. Rachel Levine, the state’s health secretary.

According to state health officials, people in those counties may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and essential travel:

Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home

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Conronavirus cases explode past 400,000 with 41,373 cases reported yesterday

Reading, PA- Coronavirus cases are surging while setting new daily records worldwide.

Johns Hopkins is reporting that the worldwide total for Covi-19 cases has reached 417,698. The increase of 41,371 new cases yesterday, March 22nd, was nearly ten thousand higher than the previous record of 32,453 from the previous day. 

The United States total has now surged to 53,268 confirmed cases. The highest individual state total is now New York which has 25,677 infected.

Pennsylvania is reporting 946 confirmed cases with only 16 cases being confirmed in Berks County.  

New testing facilities in Berks County and all over are being very strict with authorizing tests. Multiple attempts to get tested at Tower Health’s new testing site in Berks County were met with significant triage profiling and I was informed by Tower Health’s triage nurse that unless you are a first responder, a medical worker, or someone with direct contact and serious symptoms that it will be tough to get tested until testing is more widespread and more tests become available. 

Testing facilities also seemed to be concerned that bringing patients in for testing my expose them to the virus. It should be noted that Penn State Health’s St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Berks County did open a drive-up testing facility at their location on Bern Rd. 

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Tower Health opens COVID-19 assessment site in Berks

READING, Pa. – West Reading-based Tower Health has opened its sixth COVID-19 assessment site, and it’s the health network’s first one to be located in Berks County.

Tower Health announced Tuesday that it has dedicated its urgent care center at 1212 Liggett Avenue in Reading’s Oakbrook neighborhood exclusively to dedicated exclusively to COVID-19 assessment and screening.

It’s now one of six such sites the network has opened in its southeastern Pennsylvania footprint in an effort to ease patient access to testing while keeping those with respiratory illness out of the hospitals and physician offices.

“The team at Tower Health is working diligently to meet the needs of our community during this unprecedented time,” said Dr. Charles Barbera, Tower Health’s vice president of pre-hospital and unscheduled care. “We will continue to monitor the evolving situation and evaluate how we can best meet the ongoing needs for the communities we serve.”

Tower Health said it is still encouraging its patients to be screened by their physician and get a prescription for testing prior to visiting one of its six sites.

Those without a prescription can still go to one of the locations, but officials said they will be subject to the required…

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US coronavirus deaths exceed 100 for first time in a single day

The US on Monday reported more than 100 coronavirus deaths — marking the first time fatalities hit triple digits in a single day.

The grim milestone pushed the nation’s death toll to at least 550, with New York seeing the most fatalities of any state at 157, according to a count by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

Asked about the bleak disclosure, President Trump said he was not surprised.

“It’s going to be bad. Certainly…

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Pennsylvania up to 516 confirmed cases, Montgomery County reports first death

Reading, PA – As of 2am on Monday March 23rd, Johns Hopkins is reporting that Pennsylvania now has 516 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus. 

The number of confirmed cases in Pennsylvania has nearly doubled since 268 were reported on March 20th. In addition, Montgomery County has reported its first death related to the coronavirus bringing the Pennsylvania’s total number of deaths to 3. 

Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all non-life sustaining businesses across Pennsylvania to close by Monday at 8 am. The Governor’s Office has announced that Pennsylvania State Police



Berks opened COVID-19 help center yesterday

READING, Pa. – To put it simply, it’s been a confusing time for a lot of us. There are many questions, and few answers, in this coronavirus pandemic. The Berks County Department of Emergency Services is taking a big step to help.

“What do I do about unemployment benefits? Where do I go and get tested?” Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach said, giving examples of questions people may have.

The department last week announced that help and resources are available on its website, but county officials said they wanted to dig deeper by launching a phone helpline, which will open Thursday morning.

“We felt there was a need to provide live responses,” said Leinbach.

Starting Thursday, Berks County residents can connect with the help center in one of two ways, either by calling 610-320-6150 or by emailing

Staff will be on hand to answer phones and respond to emails seven days a week, from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should call 911; social service questions or needs should be addressed by..

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New York State coronavirus count tops 10K as Cuomo warns young people

The number of new coronavirus cases in New York surged by 3,250 on Saturday, lurching the statewide total to 10,356, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who flatly told young people who think they have some special immunity to the deadly bug: “You are wrong!”

“You’re not superman and you’re not superwoman, you can get this virus and you can transfer the virus and you can wind up hurting someone who you love or hurting someone wholly inadvertently,” the governor said.

Cuomo did not announce a statewide death total; that tally stood at 56 on Friday.

In New York City, the epicenter of the crisis,  1,847 cases were identified overnight , bringing the new total to 7,530, with 45 deaths.

No less than 40 percent of the population will eventually be infected by COVID-19, the governor…

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