Here’s a press release issued today by Marshall Brewing Co., one of the biggest backers of the legislation:
TULSA — Oklahoma House Bill HB 1341, introduced by Rep. Glen Mulready, R-Tulsa, seeks to amend Section 521 of Title 37 to permit licensed brewers of beer in Oklahoma to provide limited free samples to the visitors to the licensed brewery premises. Rep. Mulready worked with Marshall Brewing Co. founders Eric & Adam Marshall to author HB 1341, which received overwhelming bi-partisan support before the House’s Public Safety Committee on February 6th and was cleared by the House’s Calendar Committee on February 19th to be put forth for a full vote on the House floor in the near future.
HB 1341 is pro-business and pro-tourism legislation and seeks to level the playing field among Oklahoma’s beer and wine producers in that Oklahoma wineries are permitted to offer samples on their licensed premises. “We have effectively been doing our job with one hand beyond our backs. Few craft breweries have the traditional marketing methods available due to restrained resources,” explains Eric Marshall. “Visitors are typically more impassioned to support small local craft producers when they can experience the products and crafting first-hand. The opportunity to explain the business and culture of craft beer and brewing to the public while offering small limited samples will help our industry grow, offer more jobs, pay more taxes, and create a culture of craft beer tourism similar to most other states like Colorado.”
The Oklahoma House Scheduling Committee does not provide an exact date for the House vote. Eric Marshall has been advised that it could be as soon as this week. “This is good legislation for business and tourism in Oklahoma, and we need people to voice their support,” Eric says. Marshall Brewing Co. encourages Oklahoma citizens to contact their Oklahoma House representative and ask for their support on HB 1341. The public can find their Oklahoma legislative representatives at http://www.okhouse.gov/Members/Default.aspx.
If you need a refresher on what HB 1341 is all about, click here. My sources at the Capitol confirm there is indeed no sure way to predict an exact date/time a bill will be heard on the House floor. So, if you want to contact a legislator to have your say, there’s no time like the present.
-The Beer Distributors of Oklahoma shared a report recently that outlines the economic impact generated by the country’s beer distributors. They cited these Oklahoma numbers from the study:
Oklahoma beer distributors directly employ over 3,300 individuals
Oklahoma beer distributors generate nearly $171 million in total economic impacts
Oklahoma beer distributor activities contribute over $90 million to the federal, state and local tax bases. This does not include an added $113 million in federal, state and local alcohol excise and consumption taxes on beer sold in Oklahoma
Beer distributor contributions to local community activities generate $1.9 million in impacts annually
-Mustang Brewing reports today that the first load of Washita Wheat kegs brewed in Oklahoma City is now on its way out the door to distributors across the state. Is that brewmaster Gary Shellman I see driving the fork lift? Multi-talented guy!
-Did you hear the news that Anchor will open a new brewery near AT&T Park in San Fran? Pretty cool. So is this timeline of the company’s history.
-This year’s batch of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale, Boulevard Smokestack Series Grainstorm Black Rye IPA and Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale are hitting liquor store shelves in-state today.
-Making its first appearance in Oklahoma today is Dieu du Ciel Solstice d’hiver Barley Wine-Stlye Ale.