Oklahoma Retailers Run Low on Beer

Since the state has allowed convenience stores to sell high-point beer, customers have been clearing the shelves.

November 16, 2018

TULSA, Okla. – It’s only been six weeks since Oklahoma’s liquor laws changed to allow grocery and convenience stores to stock high-point beer, but already, customers are showing their appreciation by buying out their stock, KTUL-TV reports.

At the Super Save Cost Plus, customers have been steadily purchasing a lot of beer each week, including craft and higher-price-point brews. “We're selling a pallet a week, and it just moves as quick. You build a clientele and try and give them what they're looking for,” said Walt Meisenheimer, who works for the store.

The QuikTrip chain hadn’t quite expected the enthusiastic reception and has seen some stores with empty beer cooler doors. “It's a learning experience for the various distributors we use and a learning experience for us, 'cause we're carrying all these beers; we've never been able to do," said Mike Thornbrugh, a QuikTrip spokesman.

Two years ago, Oklahoma voters approved a measure allowing convenience stores to sell high-point beer and wine. Currently, only two other states—Minnesota and Utah—have laws restricting the sale of beer and wine from convenience stores and supermarkets. Kansas recently approved a similar law to Oklahoma’s, which will go into effect next April, and Colorado will remove the low-beer restriction come January 2019.