What States Sell 3.2-Percent Beer?

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“Low-point” beer that contains 3.2 percent alcohol by weight is commonly sold in the states of Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Utah due to state alcohol laws. It is usually found at convenience stores and grocery chains.

Low-point beer is generally only found in states that restrict the sale of any beverage with more than 3.2 percent alcohol by weight to liquor stores that must obtain special state licenses. Convenience stores, grocery stores, restaurants and other retail and dining outlets carry low-point beer as a legal alternative.

While Oklahoma does not control alcohol through a “package store” system, the laws of the state stipulate that beer with more than 3.2 percent alcohol by weight, or “strong beer,” must be sold at room temperature, so low-point beer is often be found in the refrigerated section. Exceptions are made for restaurants and bars.

Low-point beer has its roots in the years following the repeal of Prohibition in the United States, when demand developed for a lighter beer with a lower alcohol content. The alcohol by volume of a 3.2 percent beer is actually much closer to 4 percent, making it comparable in alcohol content to the “light” versions of some domestic lagers, such as Budweiser and Coors.