The Thirsty Beagle: Marshall, TapWerks plan Hop Talk event

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Marshall, TapWerks plan Hop Talk event

Marshall Brewing Co. and TapWerks Ale House are teaming up for a new and quite interesting-sounding interactive beer event set for June 25 -- Hop Talk.

Hop Talk will allow craft beer enthusiasts to take part in a "sensory evaluation" of hops and hear from Marshall's Wes Alexander with a historical presentation on hops and an explanation of their basic prinicples and qualities.

Alexander told me that Marshall and TapWerks have been trying to scheme up beer events to extend beyond the standard pint night and tap takeover. It seems like they've come upon a very good concept with Hop Talk.

Here's a news release from Marshall with all the details:

TULSA – Marshall Brewing Company has teamed up with TapWerks Ale House to offer an educational experience featuring one of beer’s most talked about ingredients, hops. Hop Talk will be hosted by TapWerks Ale House, 121 E. Sheridan Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK, June 25th, 2015 at 6:30 PM. The seminar will feature Marshall Brewing’s Wes Alexander offering a historical presentation of hops as well as a basic understanding of the role hops play in beer.

“Oklahomans have maturing craft beer palates. Our goal with ‘Hop Talk’ will be the further educate consumers with respect to hop varieties so that they might make informed decisions in choosing from the numerous craft beers offered today,” states Marshall Brewing director of marketing & sales, Wes Alexander. “I am drawn to the history of beer and enjoy offering my perspective. Hops have played a a fascinating role in the history of the world including solving spoilage issues for sea transportation.”

Hop Talk will offer participants a sensory evaluation of pelletized and whole leaf, aroma and bittering hops. Beers will be presented for side-by-side comparison of hop profiles and include an explanation of perception versus the International Bitterness Unit. Finally, hops will be offered to participants to directly add to beer samples to experience the direct effect of dry hopping, a process used to add aroma to beer post-fermentation.

Arrowhead Pale Ale, Marshall Brewing’s popular summer seasonal, will be used extensively during the presentation. A variety of beers will be offered to include beers with sweetness, balance, and some with strong hop profiles. Hop Talk is geared for all craft beer lovers, and will focus on offering something for most palates.

To attend “Hop Talk” please email a reservation to no later than June 24, 2015.

Pints and Pins

-Cool event set for Thursday at Bleugarten: The Garten Party Brewery Tasting and Date Auction to benefit Chidren's Hospital Foundation. Particpating breweries are Anthem, Black Mesa, COOP and Prairie. Check the Bleugarten FB page for more info.

-And you know Bleugarten is really bringing it because on June 23 they're hosting a Food Truck Beer Dinner featuring Lagunitas pairings. Go to the "Events" section of the Bleugarten website for more on that.

-The COOP Ale Works tap room will be open for a little pre-Father's Day frivolity this Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m.

-Prairie Artisan Ales is hosting a live music night on June 26 featuring the band Nightingale. The tap room will be open at 4 p.m., with the band going on 7 to 9 p.m. They're also expecting a food truck.

-If you're looking for tix for the Mustang Brewing Co. sixth anniversary party at Wormy Dog, go ahead and click here.

-Marshall beer dinner set for June 29 at Siegi's Sausage Factory. Details here.

-Craft & Barrel and Oak & Ore are teaming up for an Evil Twin debut party featuring special branded glassware. No additional specific details have been released.

-Here's an article on growing your own hops at home. As a side note to that, I saw something posted on social media a while back saying that perhaps Lowes had plans to start selling Cascase hop plants in 3-gallon buckets. Keep your eyes peeled for that.

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