Beer connoisseurs rejoice: Fallin signs HB 1341, enabling free in-house beer sampling

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By: Tyler Dunn
OKLAHOMA CITY - A bill giving Oklahoma beer lovers the ability to sample local brews was signed into law Monday.
House Bill 1431, one of a slew of bills to successfully cross the governor's desk by Monday afternoon, will allow for a licensed brewer to legally serve free samples, provided the customer is 21 or older and is given no more than 12 fluid ounces in a given day.
SEE LEGISLATION (http://bit.ly/HB1341)
There are specific parameters, however. Under the newly penned law, brewers must ensure all sampled beer is distributed and consumed in the licensed establishment, unlike wine vendors, who can serve their product "at festivals and trade shows."
Brewers intending to sample must also have a current floor plan that includes a designated sampling area on file with the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission. No one under 21 will be permitted in such areas while serving or drinking is occurring.
Finally, sample periods will only be allowed from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
After HB 1431's successful run through the House, Tulsa brewing company Marshall Brewing Company founder Eric Marshall said while he understands that there are some who have a moral or personal opposition to the bill, he hopes members of the legislature see that the bill is both pro-business and pro-tourism.
"We want people to come in and see what what we've built. We want people to come in and understand the process of brewing," he said. "We're a craft brewer and all the other guys in the state are craft brewers and that says something that we're passionate about we do. We feel that it's an art what we do."
READ: 'Marshall-pushed beer sampling bill moves to Senate' (http://bit.ly/beersmpl)
The legislation, which received 40 percent House and Senate disapproval, will go into effect Nov. 1.


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