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Stronger beer coming to the Sooner State


BRYAN COUNTY -- For the first time in 37 years, Anheuser-Busch is distributing products at full strength in Oklahoma.

Beginning Nov. 1, the "King of Beers" says it will make nearly a dozen products available in Oklahoma with 5% alcohol volume.

That's good news to fans we found who said they sometimes make the trip from Oklahoma to Texas just to buy beer.

At Dave's Ski and Tackle in Denison, drivers stop to gas up, and stock up on beer.

It's the closest convenience store on the Texas side of the state line and sells several popular brands of beer in a way you can't get them anywhere in Oklahoma -- with 5% alcohol content.

"I can't see the difference, why every state wouldn't be equal. I'd rather have the high point myself," one driver from Oklahoma said.

Because of a disagreement between Anheuser-Busch and the state of Oklahoma over distributorship rights in 1977, only Anheuser-Busch products with 3.2% liquor volume have been sold in Oklahoma.

The law in Oklahoma is not changing, meaning you still won't be able to buy beer above 3.2% at grocery and convenience stores. But, consumers will see a change at liquor stores that now stand to gain financially by being able to sell popular brands of beer at 5%.

At Calera Discount Liquor, the rules in effect since the 70's are the reason there are no Anheuser-Busch products on store shelves.

But, store owner Richard Justus says he should have Budweiser in stock, at full strength, by mid-November.

Justus says sales have suffered over the years because he wasn't able to provide customers with the stronger beer they could only get in Texas, until now.

"Sales will definitely increase by being able to carry Budweiser," Justus said.

The stronger brands set to roll out in the Sooner State include Budweiser, Budweiser Black Crown, Lime-A-Rita, Straw-Ber-Rita, Cran-Brrr-Rita, Land Shark, Rolling Rock, Shock Top, Ziegenbock and Widmer Winter Variety with Kona.