Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: January 22, 2015
Sen. Stephanie Bice
Sen. Bice authors
measure to allow sale of cold high-point beer
State Sen. Stephanie
Bice has filed legislation that would allow retail liquor stores
to sell refrigerated high-point beer in Oklahoma. Bice said this
change is something Oklahomans have increasingly been asking for.
“I’ve heard from scores of Oklahomans from all parts
of the state who are really supportive of this effort to modernize
state law to enable the sale of cold high-point beer in liquor stores,”
said Bice, R-Oklahoma City. “The response I’ve received
has been overwhelmingly in favor of this legislation.”
Currently, high-point beer can only be sold at room temperature
and only in liquor retail stores. Consumers would still have to
purchase high-point beer at liquor stores, but under Senate Bill
383, the stores would have the option to use refrigeration.
Bice explained making refrigeration optional could be done with
a statutory change and is something many other states already allow.
“One advantage is that it would increase the shelf-life of
this product,” Bice said.
Becky McCray, whose family owns Allen’s Liquor Store in Alva,
Oklahoma, was thrilled when she heard about the proposed legislation.
“The building the store is in was constructed in 1975 and
at that time everyone was hopeful coolers would be legal soon. Obviously
that didn’t happen,” McCray said. “We get asked
for cold beer all the time by customers from Kansas and other states.
We’re almost ashamed to explain it’s still illegal in
SB 383 will be considered after the 2015 legislative session reconvenes
on February 2.
For more information, contact
Sen. Bice: (405) 521-5592