The Thirsty Beagle: Top 10 Oklahoma craft beer stories of 2016: No. 5

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Top 10 Oklahoma craft beer stories of 2016: No. 5

We've reached the half-way mark in our countdown of top 10 Oklahoma craft beer stories of 2016.

Before we get to No. 5, you can scroll through Nos. 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 right here to get caught up.

But now, on with the show, here is...

No. 5

The news: Stone and New Belgium coming to Oklahoma.

What happened: Beer distributor Oklahoma Beer Imports announces in December that it will bring both the Stone and New Belgium brands into Oklahoma in early 2017.

Why it mattered: Although both are entering the market with somewhat limited selections of their beer, it's hard to look past the symbolic importance of Stone and New Belgium arriving in Oklahoma. The Sooner State is one of the last few that both companies don't currently distribute in, and while 2016 also saw the likes of Oskar Blues, Rahr & Sons and Magic Hat arrive (not to mention several new brands brought in under the Craft & Barrel umbrella), there's little room to dispute that Stone and NB are the biggest new brand additions the state has witnessed.

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