The Thirsty Beagle: Nebraska Brewing rolls out in Oklahoma

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Nebraska Brewing rolls out in Oklahoma

The last couple years it's seemed like we've had a pretty steady stream of new beers arriving in Oklahoma.

That trend continued recently with the addition of the core line of beers from Nebraska Brewing Co.

I was able to sample all these beers -- Brunette Nut Brown Ale, India Pale Ale, Cardinal Pale Ale and EOS Hefeweizen -- at Friday's ZooBrew.

So how about a mini-review-recap-analysis-type thing?

-India Pale Ale (6.9% ABV, 72 IBU): This is a solid beer. It is described as West Coast-inspired, but I really feel it is best identified as a Midwest-style IPA, if that makes sense. To me, I just didn't get any of the typical piney, citrus or dank hop notes we're seeing from today's West Coast IPAs. This is despite the use of Citra hops. Maybe I just had an off can? Again, not a bad beer, but I don't know that the hop character I tasted matched what the beer promised.

-EOS Hefeweizen (5.2%ABV, 13 IBU): I don't have a lot to say about this beer, other than that I really enjoyed it. I thought it hit the nail absolutely on the head for the style. In fact, it won a bronze medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival for South German-Style Hefeweizen. If you like a classical hefeweizen, you should definitely go pick this up.

-Brunette Nut Brown Ale (4.7% ABV, 20 IBU): I would rank this as the least-inspiring of the four beers. It wasn't off style and didn't really display any major flaws, but I just found it to be an average example of the style. Sometimes I wonder if my over-reliance on hoppy beers has skewed my ability to enjoy other non-hoppy styles?

-Cardinal Pale Ale (6% ABV, 42 IBU): This was my favorite beer of the bunch. It was bright and accessible, delivered just the right amount of hop aroma and flavor and delivered a perfect amount of bitterness to match up to the malt profile, which at 6% ABV is pretty malty for a pale ale. This is a highly drinkable pale ale and a great choice if you want to dive into the Nebraska line.

(Not pictured/described is Nebraska Ale Storm, an American blonde ale checking in at 5.2% ABV and 11 IBU.)

And speaking of ZooBrew, props to the event organizers for a great evening, and to all the brewers and brokers who took time to chat. A tip of the hat especially to the guys from Paragon Brands for their hospitality when I took extra time chatting them up about Nebraska Brewing. In terms of the rest of the event, the lines for beer were not too long at all and the selection of drinks was good. I wouldn't mind seeing some more substantial food options for the Pre-Brew event -- you don't really have time to stop for a good dinner with a 5:30 p.m. start -- but I guess that's just nitpicking. Overall, it was a great night.

Pints and Pins

-The Brewers Association announced recently that they now have more than 4,000 breweries in their database, and they expect that number to climb rather quickly above the record of 4,131 breweries established in 1873.

-The Prairie tap room is hosting live music and food trucks at 7 p.m. Monday, featuring Mikaela Davis, Lauren Shera and Rachel La Vonne.

-Something to watch: Green Flash's award-winning brewmaster of 11 years, Chuck Silva, has resigned in order to start his own craft brewery.


  1. I must have been in the wrong beer line all night. I saw a lot of campers in front of tables, very hard to sample different beers.

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