OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Up to 14 counties in Oklahoma might lose their right to sell beer after a new law taking effect in October replaces low-alcohol beer with stronger beer.
Counties will be required to have liquor-by-the-drink sales approved in order to sell beer in restaurants and bars once 3.2-percent beer is unavailable beginning Oct. 1, The Journal Record reported.
The new law was approved in 2016 with an intentional two-year lag to allow the state’s dry counties to react.
Major and Ellis counties approved liquor-by-thedrink this year, leaving 14 holdout counties.
The Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission has tried to inform the counties about the pending changes, said Director Keith Burt.
“There are people in dry counties that are used to having a beer with their pizza, and when 3.2 beer goes away, that won’t be possible,” Burt said.