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UPDATE: Feds say Okla. brewer can sell “Nobama Brew” nationwide

OKLAHOMA CITY — The federal government has lifted a distribution restriction on a local brewer, allowing him to sell his beer anywhere across the country.

News Channel 4 aired a story about Rick Huebert’s trouble getting his newest novelty beer, Nobama Brew, approved for national distribution by the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

Less than 24 hours after the story aired, Huebert received a phone call.

“I got a phone call from Washington, from the TTB,” Huebert said. “They called and said, ‘We have approved your paperwork. You’re good for interstate sales.’┬áIt about floored me.”

Tom Hogue with the TTB called News Channel 4 to offer the agency’s side of the story.

“It probably was simply a misunderstanding,” Hogue said. “[The TTB official handling the Nobama application], handles approximately 13,000 label applications a year. He does an extremely good job of trying to help industry members get their product to market.”

Huebert said he still has plenty of distributors outside of Oklahoma ready to buy his beer, adding that he’ll have truckloads ready to ship within days.