The Thirsty Beagle: Craft & Barrel working hard on beer imports

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Craft & Barrel working hard on beer imports

If you're into the Facebook and you're into the beer, then you probably are aware of who Freddy Lamport is.

He was the one-time operator of BierGarten Wine & Spirits in Jenks. He left that liquor store to start up a business as a beer importer/broker based in Owasso.

It appears that in between the large amount of time Lamport spends vaguebooking about what awesome beers he will bring into the state, he actually is working pretty hard to line up some pretty awesome beers to bring into the state.

I kid because I care. Seriously, though, I was trading messages with Lamport recently to find out about some of the latest beers coming down the line through his business, Craft & Barrel.

The latest news -- just confirmed late last night -- is that Cedar Creek Brewery, of Texas, will be coming to Oklahoma. Look for a November arrival for these beers out of Seven Points, Texas. If you're not familiar with where Seven Points is, it's next to Gun Barrel City. Only in Texas, right?
Actually it's right close to Athens, where I went to college for two years. I only wish Cedar Creek had been open when I was in school. (And I also only wish that I actually liked good beer while I was east Texas and hadn't spent two years drinking Natty Light.)

Look for Dankosaurus IPA and Gone A-Rye Double IPA at first.

Moving on, arriving in stores as soon as this week will be beers from Off Color Brewing, out of Chicago, and Moonlight Meadery, from New Hampshire.

Lamport reports Off Color will be sending Troublesome Gose, Apex Predator Farmhouse Ale, and Fierce Berliner Weisse. He is working to set up pint nights for both Off Color and Moonlight.

I mentioned last week on the blog that Shmaltz Brewing Co. would be arriving in October:
Lamport reports they will be sending the following beers in four-packs, six-packs and kegs:

-Hop Manna IPA
-Bitter Sweet Lenny RIPA
-Messiah Nut Brown
-Slingshot Craft Lager
-Chanukah Beer

Another recent announcement was Seattle's Urban Family Brewing. Lamport shared this label for their Voices Underground, a Brett farmhouse ale:

Urban Family specializes in sour and farmhouse ales. Their beers are expected in November.

The month after that, Oklahoma can expect Clown Shoes Beer, out of Massachusetts, to arrive.

I don't have a huge amount of experience with Clown Shoes, but I have tried their Tramp Stamp Belgian IPA and really enjoyed it. Again, expect a December arrival for these beers.

And last, a little closer, an Evil Twin tulip glassware night is scheduled for TapWerks on Sept. 10, so mark that on your calendar. Lamport also promises a new wave of Evil Twin beers in the near future.

Keep up the good work, Freddy.

Pints and Pins

-The annual McNellie's Harvest Beer Festival in Tulsa is set for Oct. 3.

-The Anthem Brewing Ogletoberfest release party is set for 6 p.m. tonight at TapWerks.

-Anthem will host a five-course beer dinner at Pub W-Memorial Road on Sept. 15. The cost is $55, and you can make reservations by calling 608-2200. The dinner will feature five beers -- three of them are being touted as special releases.

-Marshall Brewing's Oktoberfest launch party is set for 5 p.m. Thursday at Fassler Hall-Tulsa.

-If you're looking for more of Marshall's Arrowhead Pale Ale, be on the lookout for one last round of distribution this month before the beer is retired until next year. More info on that here.

-Oak & Ore is hosting an Alpine Brewing/Greenflash Tap Invasion and glassware night on Thursday, and I can say, the glassware is pretty sweet.

-Anthem Brewing recently attended CANFest in Reno, Nev., and scored a pretty impressive haul: Golden one took second place in the Belgian/Sour/Strong category, then went ahead and claimed best in show to boot. Congrats to Anthem!

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