Beer collaboration pushes for state law changes

Posted at 11:30 PM, Jan 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-23 00:30:53-05

Oklahoma breweries are raising support to bring change to state laws with help of a brand new beer.

This week eight breweries came together at Choc Beer in Krebs to craft the “Collaboration for Legislation” ale.

"That kind of highlights some of the differences in the system some of the things we'd like to see changed."

For example, it's a 3.2 beer.

High point beer is what Eric Marshall at Marshall Brewing wants to serve in his tap room, but he can't. Just one of the many outdated laws he'd like to see changed.

"There's certain things that the small brewer would love to do that we can't do now."

Last summer, Oklahoma breweries formed the Craft Brewers Association of Oklahoma.

"There's a lot of momentum right now for modernization."

The association wants to hire a lobbyist to pour their ideas into new legislation. Their special brew will sell for five or six dollars a pint next month and they'll tap the proceeds for their battle.

"You're seeing a lot of momentum from the public wanting to see things changed."

As interest in craft breweries keeps growing, so does the industry.

According to some studies, beer brings in $2.8 billion a year in Oklahoma.

Many believe looser laws will make even more money for the state.

"I think moving forward with a little bit of modernization a little bit of change, I think there is absolutely area for economic growth, no doubt about it."