The Thirsty Beagle: Big day nears for The Patriarch, plus more OKC Craft Beer Week events

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Big day nears for The Patriarch, plus more OKC Craft Beer Week events

After several months of construction, an opening date is nearing for The Patriarch Craft Beer House & Lawn.

I was able to get out to the historic Edmond house -- and future craft beer bar -- late last week for a walk-through and tour, and after checking it out, I can report that this promises to be one of the cooler beer venues to open up in the metro.

Simply put, there's not really anything like The Patriarch in the Oklahoma City area.
Co-owners Bryce Thompson and Steven Russell have maintained much of the character of the 111-year-old house, including keeping original siding on the wall in the main-floor restroom:

And when they did tear down walls -- they brought down some interior walls to open up the space -- they saved the wood to construct the bar-top and apply decorative touches to the inside.
The Patriarch, 9 E Edwards, promises 48 taps, all serving American-made beer. Many local brands will be on tap, and there will even be a few notable twists to their offerings -- one in particular will generate a lot of buzz. (I've been sworn to secrecy on that one.)

The bar will feature an expansive open patio, a smaller covered patio and ordering stations so you can purchase drinks while outside. There's also room for two to three food trucks, since the bar will not serve food. (It also cannot allow minors, due to more than 50 percent of sales coming from alcohol.) Thompson told me the interest level from the food truck community has been high, so he expects to have a good variety of trucks on hand.

The inside of the house offers a comfortable, quaint place to hang out and enjoy a drink. It practically exudes the words "laid back."

So, how about an opening date? I know the finishing phases of construction are moving ahead at a rapid pace. For example, this video shows huge changes from just last Thursday when I toured. Alas, a specific opening date has not been set. Word is it will be within the next two weeks. I hope to keep you updated when plans are finalized.

Pints and Pins

-So, how about some additional news on Oklahoma City Craft Beer Week? Here are your Wednesday and Thursday events:

Wednesday, May 13

-Founders Blushing Monk tapping at TapWerks Ale House (6 p.m)
-Great Divide tapping at TapWerks Ale House (8 p.m.)
-COOP Ale Works Pint Night at Library Bar & Grill-Norman
-Prairie Tap Invasion at Oak & Ore

Thursday, May 14

-Anthem Brewing Tour and Tasting at Anthem Brewing Co.
-COOP Ale Works tapping at TapWerks Ale House (6 p.m.)
-Greenflash Silva Stout tapping at TapWerks Ale House (8 p.m.)
-Roof Top Brew Hop at Broadway Wine Merchants/Automobile Alley(6 p.m.)
-Anthem Tap Invasion at Oak & Ore

I'll reveal Friday, Saturday and Sunday events later this week!

-There's a Black Mesa Brewing Co. Tap Takeover set for Thursday night at The Bleu Garten.

-Tickets are now on sale for the kickoff event for OKC Craft Beer Week -- the Chili Cookoff and Mustang Craft Beer Block Party on May 9.

-In case you hadn't heard, The Brew Shop homebrew supply store is moving -- a few blocks south. The shop will open at 2916 N Penn Ave. in a few weeks.

-There were a couple new labels approved by the feds recently, one for Hanson Bros./Mustang (a farmhouse ale) and one for Iron Monk (an imperial IPA):

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