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Beer sample bill passes Oklahoma House vote

by Nick Trougakos Published: February 26, 2013
House Bill 1341, the bill to allow Oklahoma’s licensed brewers to allow on-premise samples, was passed by the state House earlier today by a vote of 62-30.

Marshall Brewing Co. brewmaster Eric Marshall had this to say about the development, which is a step up over past attempts to pass similar legislation:

“HB 1341 has better momentum this year than in years past. I am encouraged with the House passing the measure and hopeful that we will have a similar vote in the Senate soon. I would ask that everyone contact their state Senator and urge them to vote Yes on HB 1341 as a pro-business, pro-commerce bill.”

The bill will now be assigned to a Senate committee. Wes Glinsmann, president of Red Earth Brewers, says the bill will likely come up in front of the Senate Public Safety Committee. If it passes out of that committee, it would proceed to a vote of the full Senate.

Then, if makes it through the Senate, it would go to the governor’s desk. Interested in having your say? You can find your legislator by clicking here, and you can see the vote totals from today by clicking here.

Will we look back one day and see this legislative session as a tipping point in the modernization of the state’s alcohol laws? Time will tell, but it’s best to make a modest start and see where you can go from there, I figure.

Daily Pints

-It looks like dates have been set for Tulsa Craft Beer Week. That would be April 15-20.

-Looks like Boulevard is working on some great stuff. First there is this 9.3% coffee amber ale, which will be made with African coffee in conjunction with a coffee house that neighbors the brewery. Then there’s a new collaboration with Sierra Nevada that features a blend of ales aged in various mediums. Sometimes I think it really is amazing how many different directions people are taking beer these days.

-Here’s an interesting piece on the AB-InBev/DOJ dust-up that asks, “Are we in danger of a beer monopoly?” The better question — in my opinion — is are we in danger of a worse beer monopoly than we already have?

-On March 5, The Wedge Deep Deuce is having a beer/pizza party — $20 for all the local beer and pizza you care to consume. Seriously. That might be the greatest thing ever.

by Nick Trougakos
Local Editor
Local Editor Nick Trougakos has been with The Oklahoman since 2002. Trougakos covered the military, federal agencies and courts before becoming an editor in 2005. Prior to joining The Oklahoman, Trougakos was a reporter for the Oklahoma City...
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