The Thirsty Beagle: Get a peek at the schedule for Oklahoma City Craft Beer Week

Friday, April 17, 2015

Get a peek at the schedule for Oklahoma City Craft Beer Week

We're roughly three weeks out from the start of Oklahoma City Craft Beer Week, so what better time than now to start revealing some of the events scheduled for the week?

Let's get started!

Saturday, May 9

-LOCAL Chili Cook-Off and Craft Beer Block Party at Mustang Brewing Co. Event details here. Here's a blurb from the FB event page: "Join LOCAL at Mustang Brewing Company on May 9th for a #CraftBeerBlockParty and Chili Cookoff fundraiser! There will be up to 30 competitors, all cooking great chili to taste and vote on, plus Mustang Beer available by the pint and growler! Individual and team competitors are welcome, plus up to 250 folks to party with us and taste the chili! Live music, games, local food vendors, & more. Noon-6PM with Chili tasting beginning at 3:30pm."

-Beginner's Brewing Class at Learn To Brew-Moore. Call ahead at 793-2337 to reserve a spot for the noon class.

Sunday, May 10

-Oklahoma Brewers Forum hosted by Red Earth Brewers. This inaugural beer-tasting festival will be 2 to 5 p.m. at DC on Film Row, 609 W Sheridan Ave. in Oklahoma City. There will be a mix of homebrew and commercial beer, plus light snacks for purchase, a silent auction and a panel discussion featuring several Oklahoma pro brewers. More event details and info on admission will be coming soon.

Those are just the first two days -- there are plenty more events to be unveiled, and I'll post more next week.

Pints and Pins

-I got beer mail recently from Boulevard. They sent a 2015 Saison Brett and a Love Child No. 5. Both are due in stores any time, if not already on shelves now. Saison Brett was solid, but honestly I preferred the 2014 vintage. Love Child No. 5 was quite good. It was definitely pucker-worthy, and just really complex. I felt like there were a lot of layers to it, which is not surprising since it was aged in whiskey and wine barrels. It's worth picking up.

-Also got the chance to try Elk Valley's Midnight Ryed. I'm a huge sucker for black IPAs, so I was pretty much hooked before I even tried this one. After tasting it, I can say I enjoyed the spiciness imparted by the rye and the dry-hops.

-Anthem Brewing reports that Pappy Burleson Batch 2 is now in Jack Daniels barrels with an expected early 2016 release. In addition, Anthem has a tour a tasting and 3.2 growler fills set at the brewery for 1 p.m. Saturday. More details here.

-Speaking of Anthem, here's an interesting tidbit: FOAM and Anthem are teaming up this year for the annual Wild Brew collaboration beer -- a Belgian tripel. This is the first time an Oklahoma City brewery has taken part in this project. Past participants were Choc and Marshall.

-I wrote a lot about this year's beer legislation before I took my blog hiatus. A lot has happened since then, but the big news is that SB 383 -- the refrigeration bill -- appears shelved for the year. But that bill may just end up being the vehicle that leads to a vote of the people on reforming the state constitution. Stay tuned.

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