The Thirsty Beagle: Pints and Pins: News on SQ 792, SB 424; pint nights abound

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Pints and Pins: News on SQ 792, SB 424; pint nights abound

Good evening beer fans. Wanted to share a few thoughts on the latest Oklahoma beer news...

-Concerning the news yesterday that an Oklahoma County judge declined the RLAO request for an injunction to keep State Question 792 off the ballot, there are a couple things worth mentioning. NewsOK reported that the RLAO is continuing to argue that SQ 792 is unfair because it would allow liquor store owners to hold licenses for only two locations. You may remember, state Sen. Stephanie Bice is on the record as explaining that during early negotiations, the RLAO was offered the ability to hold several licenses, but argued against that because, as Bice explained, they did not want chain liquor stores like Spec's or Total Wine coming into Oklahoma. Seems disingenuous to complain that SQ 792 harms you because it doesn't allow more than two licenses when you argued against multiple licenses earlier.

Further, saying SQ 792 is unfair because it would treat liquor stores differently than it does grocery stores is not so much a compelling argument against SQ 792 as it is a statement of fact. Of course it would treat them differently. One place would be allowed to sell liquor and the other wouldn't.

And last thing I'll say on this point tonight, you can try to convince me otherwise, but I'm hard-pressed to believe the true motive of the RLAO is anything other than simply protecting the market on cheap wine from Walmart. Can we agree to just drop all the double- and triple-talk and call it what it is? I guess saying "Walmart will steal all the cheap wine sales" isn't that compelling of an argument.

-Speaking of changing the rules/laws, I've seen a lot of discussion on Facebook concerning Senate Bill 424 and the ABLE Commission. There was a discussion about growlers, with speculation that ABLE had already issued a ruling that growler fills of full-strength beer would not be allowed. I spoke to two sources today in the beer industry who said that ABLE has not yet issued a ruling on growlers. Both confirmed the issue hangs in the balance, however, with discussions ongoing between ABLE and key stakeholders.

-Oak & Ore is hosting Evil Twin Molotov Madness at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, featuring 8% ABV, 13% ABV, and 18% ABV versions of Molotov Cocktail Imperial IPA. The event will include special glassware.

-Slaughter's Hall is hosting a Beer 101 Class at 6 p.m. Wednesday, featuring a study of the basics of six different beer styles. Tickets are $20.

-There's a relatively new beer-friendly spot open in Oklahoma City. The Root, 3012 N Walker Ave., opened up in May, featuring two dozen taps for craft beer. They host beer events most Wednesdays, including this week, when they'll feature an Anthem OK Pils Pint Night at 7 p.m., with special double-branded glassware.

-TapWerks is hosting its annual IPA Day celebration beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday. I haven't seen a beer list for this yet, but TapWerks is promising 16 one-off IPAs from Oklahoma brewers. If the night is run anything like last year, they will have four flights of four beers, with the first four offered at 5 p.m., the second at 6 p.m., and so on. I will update if I hear differently.

-Guyutes is hosting an Anthem Ogletoberfest Pint Night on Thursday at 8 p.m.

-A date has been announced for the annual ARTonTAP beer tasting at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. The 2016 version of the event is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 23.