Oklahoma Alcohol Laws

Oklahoma has some of the strictest liquor laws in the country. This began with the state’s constitution including total prohibition of alcoholic beverages. In 1959, voters repealed total prohibition and liquor-by-the-drink bars were not allowed until 1985. The alcohol laws of Oklahoma comprehensively limit and regulate the sale of alcohol in Oklahoma.

Any beverage containing more than 3.2% abw, that is, most liquors, wines, and typical beer, may only be sold in licensed liquor stores at room temperature. Due to this refrigeration ban, many smaller breweries will limit or not sell their products in Oklahoma.

Myth: You can’t buy beer with a higher ABV than 3.2% in Oklahoma Bars.
Fact: You can in fact buy higher percentage alcohol in establishments that serve beer, the 3.2% law is only for businesses that do not have a liquor license [gas stations, grocery stores].

Myth: Oklahoma bars can only serve beer with 3.2% ABV.
Fact: Actually, the law states the beer cannot have more than 3.2% ABW, which is around 4% ABV.

In Oklahoma, each county decides for itself whether it will permit the sale of alcohol by the glass. Low-point beer may not be sold for consumption on-premises or allowed to be consumed in places licensed to sell alcohol between 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Liquor stores can’t open before 10 am have to be closed by 9 pm and cannot be opened on Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Day. And of coure nothing can be refrigerated.

You can buy beer on Sundays, the only catch is that can’t buy it at a liquor store, so that only leaves the options of the 3.2% ABW beer that you can get in grocery stores and gas stations, or you can also go to any bar that is open on Sunday.

Minors under the age of 21 are not permitted to possess or purchase alcohol; however, consumption in a “private setting” is not prohibited by Oklahoma law. Minors may not have a blood alcohol level of more than .02%.

Selling breweriana is also prohibited, so you wont be able to find any specialty glasses or even freebies that breweries often offer liquor stores for their customers.

Homebrewing: from beertown.org

Oklahoma state statute Title 37 section 505 provides that nothing shall prevent the making of cider, or of wine, not to exceed 200 gallons in any one year pursuant to a license first obtained from the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission, by simple fermentation and without distillation, if made solely for the use of the maker, his family and guests.

Several individuals in Oklahoma have attempted to introduce legislation to allow for the production of beer in the home. These efforts, while sincere, have had no effect on modifying the existing law.


5 Responses to “Oklahoma Alcohol Laws”

  1. Why do you think Oklahoma has some of the strictest alcohol laws? Because it’s traditionally known for being a conservative state?

    Any clue which state has the loosest alcohol laws? My guesses are either Nevada or a small liberal state like Maine.

    • Probably, I think after Prohibition was repealed, the conservative, christian nature of the people in the state still viewed alcohol of any kind as an evil that should be avoided.

      Our laws in general aren’t really a huge deal to me, I guess it’s just because I have lived here my whole life it’s all I know. I have never known the luxury of walking into a grocery store and picking up a nice craft beer. We still get good beer, we just can only buy it at certain locations, and before 9 pm [okay so that one does get to me]. If we could just get our refrigeration laws changed, life here would be very different!

      And as for the loosest? I don’t know for sure, there was a debate on this on BeerAdvocate.com not too long ago, and It seems like California seemed to have the most relaxed laws. But I gotta say, I was in Louisiana recently, and that’s the only place I can recall visiting that allows you to drink beer in public, as long as its in a cup [which they sell in the liquor stores for 10 cents each.]

  2. I moved into this state that I now call Jokelahoma, because the laws here are 100 years old. Beer is one of the worst things here (there are also no labor laws and some murders are legal). The hill-billys here need to come up to speed with the rest of the country. Prohibition was removed, but here, it’s still on. Come on people, look at the calendar or get off your horses and buy a car to see how the rest of the country lives. Im just warming up!

  3. I moved here from Chicago and can understand most peopes frustration with the laws here. I have been wanting to try making whiskey but even for my own consumtion it looks as though it’s illegal. Here we have the best gun laws in the states, you can open carry if you wish, but we have some of the worst and backward liquor laws.

  4. In texas you can drink if you’re under 21 but you’re married to someone of age. I just moved to Oklahoma here and can’t really find anything that says if you can or can’t do that here. Do you know?

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