Poll: Are Beer Sales at Kennywood a Good Idea?

The amusement park is close to inking a deal for a beer garden.

Riders at Kennywood Park may soon be able to down some liquid courage before hopping on the amusement park’s more daring rides.

At a public hearing Wednesday, West Mifflin officials approved a liquor license transfer from a closed McKeesport restaurant to Kennywood, the Tribune Review reports.

If the Liquor Control Board approves the transfer, the family-friendly amusement park could begin selling beer in a designated “beer garden” by June.

According to the Trib’s report, Kennywood officials said they had a positive response from guests when beer was sold at the park during two weekends in September for Oktoberfest events. There also has been increasing requests over the years for beer sales at park.

What do you think? Is mixing beer with rides that spin you around and around a bad idea—or a good one? Do you think alcohol sales will fuel drunken mishaps at the park, or lead to DUI arrests? Or, do you think selling beer in a responsible way will enhance the experience for guests.

We want to hear from you. Answer our Patch Poll or leave your opinion in the comments section.

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Roger April 13, 2012 at 11:47 PM
This fits the category, "What were they thinking?"
Scott April 14, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I have not interest in drinking beer at Kennywood but since when does anyone get to tell Kennywood how to run their business and what services to offer? Last I checked this was still a republic and capitalism was alive and well (well maybe a little on the ill side), but the free market will dictate if beer sales at Kennywood will be a success or not. I don't here an outcry or see polls being taken over gambling and beer drinking at the church Monte Carlo night or beer drinking at the Penguins, Steelers, and Pirates games or at the local car cruise. The nay sayers have no rights here and should get off their moral high horse. I and most Americans, are sick of the minority dictating what the majority can do. If no one goes to Kennywood over this issue or if they do not sell enough beer to continue the venture then the market and society will have spoken, but I predict it will be a huge revenue stream for Kennywood.
Roger April 15, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Scott, I think the South Side streets (entertainment district) have shown the market at work. The public has spoken, and the businesses have a huge revenue stream because of the beer. Is this good? If so, why did the City of Pittsburgh just allocate $100,000 to "study the problem?"
Scott April 15, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Help me understand how these two completely different venues can be compared. I do not think the comparison is valid but will respond with this. The city grants liquor licenses to 30 plus businesses in a 10 block area and has to spend 100,000.00 of tax payer money to figure out why there is a problem. Really!!


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