TULSA, Okla. — Stronger beer and wine is now available at Oklahoma liquor and convenience stores.
Convenience stores will now be able to sell higher-point alcohol to customers. Voters approved the changes by voting in favor of State Question 792 in the November 2016 election.
Nearly two years later, the changes to the law in Oklahoma went into effect October 1.
Convenience, grocery and drug stores will now be able to sell beer up to 8.99 percent alcohol and wine up to 14.99 percent alcohol. The previous Oklahoma law only allowed that full-strength alcohol to be sold in liquor stores.
These stores will have had to get new licenses to sell the higher-point alcohol in order to sell it after the law goes into effect.
Able Commission officials said the application process for the new licenses take about 60 days and they were overwhelmed by the amount of application they had to go through.
Another change going into effect allows liquor stores to keep beer and wine refrigerated for sale.
FOX23 spoke with the owner of Owasso Liquor & Wine who had to build new refrigerators in order to make more space for the new beer he is ordering for the law change.
Oklahoma QuikTrip stores sold out of their stock of many low-point beers ahead of the law change. This helped them clear their shelves for the new product coming in.
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