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Okla. Beer Alliance: New alcohol laws spur growth

Posted at 9:31 AM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 10:31:28-05

The Oklahoma Beer Alliance credits new Oklahoma alcohol laws as beer sales increase.

In a statement, the OBA says since State Question 792 passed, which allows the sale of full-strength, cold beer to be served at grocery, convenience and liquor stores, the number of retailers they serve and beer sales have increased thanks to the new laws.

“As the first sales data come in, some of our members have seen double-digit sales growth and working with more retailers than ever before, “said Lisette Barnes, president of the Oklahoma Beer Alliance. “This is beginning of big growth phase for the entire Oklahoma beer industry because of modern alcohol laws.”

The OBA said a 10 percent increase in sales from a distributor in Muskogee and a seven percent increase in sales of Budweiser since October.

“We are now serving more than 1,000 more retailers than we did last year,” said Jason Hall, senior director Anheuser-Busch Sales of Oklahoma Tulsa and treasurer of the Oklahoma Beer Alliance. “We have doubled our warehouse capacity to take on the increase in sales volume to meet the retailer demand.”

The Oklahoma ABLE commission said they've seen beer licenses increase to 3,200 licenses last month, according to the statement.

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